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Posted: April 18th, 2010

Windsor, Ontario – The Ontario Hockey League in association with the Windsor Spitfires hockey club held a media conference Sunday to announce John Kurtz of the Sudbury Wolves as the second ever recipient of the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy.

Kurtz, a 20-year-old from Oakville, Ontario, played four OHL seasons beginning in 2006-07 as a member of the Windsor Spitfires, where he was teammates with Renaud.  He played his final three seasons with the Wolves and served as team captain the last two years.  Kurtz continued to wear Renaud’s No. 18 sticker on his own helmet throughout his OHL career.

Kurtz was unanimously chosen by a selection committee as the OHL team captain that best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with a passion and dedication to the game of hockey and his community that Mickey demonstrated.  The selection committee consisted of a media panel of four, representing each of the four OHL divisions.

“When I came into the OHL in Windsor, Mickey was the first guy to make me feel comfortable,” said Kurtz. “As a younger guy I really looked up to him and wanted to pattern my game after him.  I was really happy when I saw this award presented last year, and am really honoured to win it this year.”

Kurtz was also the Wolves’ nominee for the Dan Snyder Memorial Award as OHL humanitarian of the year.  He attended many fundraising events on behalf of the Wolves’ organization and volunteered at community schools and at a local home for the developmentally challenged.  He has won numerous team awards including the Wolves Most Popular Player Award, Most Improved Player Award and was the Scholastic Player of the Month twice this season.

“John learned from Mickey’s leadership and always tried to exemplify his qualities to the younger players on the Sudbury Wolves hockey team,” said Wolves general manager Mike Foligno in his award nomination form. “His calming qualities and his confidence are attributes that other players respect.  He has been an excellent role model for many hockey players on our team and in the community.  We are truly thankful for having the opportunity to have known and worked with John.”

On the ice, Kurtz finished this season with a career-high 30 goals, including a team-high 10 goals scored on the power play.  He also added 16 assists for 46 points in 62 games.  He scored his first career hat trick November 20, as first star of a 3-0 win over the Saginaw Spirit.

The selection committee reviewed nomination forms submitted by OHL general managers on behalf of their individual team captains.  Nomination forms listed the characteristics of each captain both on and off the ice which demonstrate his strengths and commitment as a leader.  Dedication to work in the community, as well as special team and league achievements and awards received through hockey, education, and community service were also considered.

Kurtz will be formally presented with the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy at the OHL Awards Ceremony June 9 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

2009-10 Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy Nominees

Barrie – Stefan Della Rovere

Belleville – Luke Judson

Brampton – Cody Hodgson

ErieZack Torquato

Guelph – Corey Syvret

Kingston – Brian Lashoff

Kitchener – Dan Kelly

London – Justin Taylor

Mississauga – Cameron Gaunce

Niagara – Andrew Agozzino

Oshawa – Jeff Hayes

Ottawa – Julien Demers

Owen Sound – Marcus Carroll

Plymouth – AJ Jenks

Saginaw – Tyler Murovich

Sarnia – Nathan Chiarlitti

Sault Ste. Marie – Jacob Muzzin

Sudbury – John Kurtz

Windsor – Harry Young

Posted: April 16th, 2010

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that a media conference is scheduled for Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, to announce the winner of the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy for the 2009-10 season.

Former Erie Otters captain Zack Torquato is nominated for the honor, which is awarded to the OHL member team captain that best exemplifies leadership on or off the ice, as well as hard work, passion and a dedication to the game of hockey and their community that Mickey demonstrated.

The formation of the award was announced last February at the 2009 Subway OHL All-Star Classic in Windsor.  Renaud, who passed away in February 2008, was named the Spitfires’ captain at the start of the 2007-08 season. The winner was determined by a panel of four media members representing each of the four OHL divisions.

2009-10 Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy Nominees

Barrie – Stefan Della Rovere

Belleville – Luke Judson

Brampton – Cody Hodgson

ErieZack Torquato

Guelph – Corey Syvret

Kingston – Brian Lashoff

Kitchener – Dan Kelly

London – Justin Taylor

Mississauga – Cameron Gaunce

Niagara – Andrew Agozzino

Oshawa – Jeff Hayes

Ottawa – Julien Demers

Owen Sound – Marcus Carroll

Plymouth – AJ Jenks

Saginaw – Tyler Murovich

Sarnia – Nathan Chiarlitti

Sault Ste. Marie – Jacob Muzzin

Sudbury – John Kurtz

Windsor – Harry Young

Posted: February 18th, 2010

The Windsor Spitfires will honor the late Mickey Renaud during a ceremony before tonight’s game against Mississauga St. Michael’s at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. The former Spitfires’ captain died 2 years ago today at the age of 19. Read more by clicking the link.