With nearly 200 active Selects alumni in the Canadian Hockey League’s three subsidiary leagues, a wealth of former players put together successful and noteworthy campaigns during the ‘18-19 season. The OHL, QMJHL and WHL recently concluded their awards ceremonies in which the trio of leagues recognized many former Selects.
Quinton Byfield was recognized with the Emms Family Award as the OHL’s Rookie of the Year. The ‘02 East Coast Selects-O alum became the fourth Selects player to earn the award, joining Ryan Merkley (‘00 East Coast Selects-O), Connor McDavid (‘96 East Coast Selects-O) and Aaron Ekblad (‘96 East Coast Selects-O).
For a third year in a row, Nick Suzuki (‘99 East Coast Selects) was named the recipient of the William Hanley Trophy. Awarded to the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Suzuki is one-of-four players to receive the trophy on multiple occasions and the only person in its 55-year history to be given the award three times.
In the WHL, Cody Glass (‘99 Western Canada Selects) was the runner-up to Justin Almeida for the league’s Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year. Captain of the Portland Winterhawks, Glass scored 15 goals and 69 points in 38 games this season while also appearing in six games for the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Chicago Wolves. The former first-round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights, Glass is expected to be a full-time player in the AHL next season.
Raphael Lavoie (‘00 East Coast Selects-Q) was honored with the Michael Bossy Award as the QMJHL’s Top Professional Prospect. The 20th ranked prospect among North American players according to the NHL’s Central Scouting, Lavoie scored 32 goals and 73 points in the regular season and added 32 points in 23 playoff games during the Halifax Mooseheads’ run to the QMJHL Finals.
A couple academic honorees in the OHL as well, with Thomas Harley (‘01 East Coast Selects-O) receiving the Bobby Smith Trophy as Scholastic Player of the Year. Three of the last five recipients of the award have been Selects alumni, including Harley, McDavid and Sasha Chmelevski (‘99 West Coast Selects). This year, Chmelevski continued to earn recognition by earning the Roger Neilson Memorial Award as the Top Academic Post-Secondary Student.
Mack Guzda (‘01 Junior Selects) became the first person to receive the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award twice in his career as the Top Academic High School Student. Guzda shared the 2019 award with Zack Terry.