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Voting Open for OJHL Fan Favourite Award

By Sam Laskaris on February 24, 2017

Mississauga native Mario Cavaliere has been making plenty of saves for the Burlington Cougars this season. (Tim Bates/OJHL Images)

For the sixth consecutive year, members of the public will be allowed to have their say in who wins an OJHL award.

Followers of the league are able to go online and select the one individual they would like to see capture this year’s OJHL Fan Favourite Award.

Fans are allowed to submit one name on the league’s website, The player that receives the most votes will be declared the winner.

Voting began on Feb. 1 and will continue until Mar. 31. The winner will be honoured during one of the matches in the OJHL championship series this spring.

If previous years are any indication, tens of thousands of votes will be cast for the award.

A year ago more, than 170 players were nominated for the accolade. And more than 50,000 votes were cast in total.

The 2016 recipient of the award was Blayne Oliver, a defenceman with the eventual league champion Trenton Golden Hawks.

As in past years, a local fan will present this year’s winner with his award during an on-ice ceremony. 

Meanwhile, the OJHL Awards Committee, comprised of various general managers and media members, will once again vote on numerous other league accolades as well as all-star and all-prospects teams.

Cavaliere Starring Closer To Hometown
Goaltender Mario Cavaliere is once again getting the job done.

But this season he’s doing so much closer to home.

A year ago Cavaliere, who is from Mississauga, spent his first season in the junior ranks with the Powassan Voodoos, members of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

He registered a 15-3-0 record and a 2.85 goals-against average in 22 appearances.

As for this season, the 19-year-old is starring with the OJHL’s Burlington Cougars. He’s the Cougars’ Number 1 goalie and had a 26-9-3 mark and a 2.52 GAA in his first 38 appearances. Cavaliere also had registered three shutouts.

Mucci Leading Dukes
Nic Mucci has stepped up his game in his final season of junior hockey.

The 20-year-old Mississauga native joined the Wellington Dukes via a midseason trade a year ago with the Central Canada Hockey League’s Carleton Place Canadians.

Mucci went on to average more than a point per outing in his 25 regular season games with Wellington, earning 28 points, including 10 goals.

As for this season, Mucci had accumulated 76 points (29G, 47A) in his first 48 contests and was expected to finish among the OJHL’s Top 5 pointgetters.

Mucci will be taking his talents to the Niagara Purple Eagles, an NCAA Division 1 squad next season.

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By Sam Laskaris| February 24, 2017
Categories:  Junior

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