Erie Otters left wing Dane Fox broke Cory Pecker‘s franchise record for goals this season. Now Fox has placed his name alongside Pecker for another reason. Fox captured the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the OHL’s Overager of the Year in a nearly unanimous vote to join Pecker (2001-02) as the only players in franchise history to win this award.
Fox, 20, who led the league with 64 goals and was second to linemate Connor Brown with 107 points in the regular season, received 93-of-95 voting points to outdistance North Bay right wing Barclay Goodrow (34 points) and Sault Ste. Marie center Tyler Gaudet (30). His 64 goals were the most in the league since John Tavares (72 in 2007).
Fox, who signed an entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks earlier this season, topped his goal total (54) from the first four seasons of his five-year career. His point production nearly matched his career total (119) from the previous four years. He will receive his award at the OHL Awards Ceremony June 3 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
“I’m pretty overwhelmed and honored to receive this award,” Fox said in a statement. “There were a lot of great players up for this. I am pretty excited to be taking this home, but I am still focused on the main goal. I want to win a championship in my final OHL season. That’s the trophy I want.”
Overager of the Year voting
(votes in parentheses)
LW Dane Fox, Erie (93) — 64 goals, 107 points (67 games)
RW Barclay Goodrow, North Bay (34) — 33 goals, 67 points (63 games)
C Tyler Gaudet, Sault Ste. Marie (30) — 26 goals, 61 points (65 games)