CAMBRIDGE, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is pleased to announce that the following players have been named 2019-20 OHA Top Prospects.
The two players named from the Greater Junior Ontario Hockey League were defenceman Logan Mailloux of the London Nationals and goaltender Dixon Grimes of the Listowel Cyclones.
LOGAN MAILLOUX – TOP PROSPECT – DEFENCEMAN
London Nationals (GOJHL)
Logan Mailloux (Belle River, Ont.) had a monster rookie season in the Greater Ontario Hockey League (GOJHL). He played his 16-year-old season with the Western Conference’s London Nationals and led the team in points, assists and goals by a defenceman in his first season with the club and also finished fourth in team scoring with 68 points (18G/50A). His impressive point total also placed Mailloux second in points and goals by a defenceman in the entire GOJHL. Mailloux’s production led all GOJHL rookie blueliners and placed him second in points by a rookie in the league. The 17-year-old defenceman is a top eligible prospect for the 2021 National Hockey League (NHL) draft and he was selected 33rd overall by the London Knights in 2019 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection Draft. Mailloux suited up for four OHL games with the Knights in 2019-20 (0 goals/0 assists). The 6’3” 214 pound defenceman was the recipient of the Roy Bruhlman Memorial Award as Western Conference Rookie of the Year, recipient of the Phibbs Inc. Award as Most Outstanding Rookie Defenseman in Western Conference and was named Western Conference Defensive Player of the Month for December.
DIXON GRIMES – TOP PROSPECT – GOALTENDER
Listowel Cyclones (GOJHL)
Dixon Grimes (Guelph, Ont.) had a fantastic rookie season in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) and is the first GOJHL goaltender to be named the OHA’s Top Prospect – Goaltender since Tyler Wall (Leamington Flyers) in 2015-16. Grimes, 17, is the son of former GOJHL head coach and current coach of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Jake Grimes. In 2019-20, Grimes went 14-9-1 with a 2.15 goals-against average (G.A.A) and .917 save percentage (Sv%) as a 16-year-old. A 2.15 G.A.A ranked him fourth and .917 Sv% had him placed 11th among GOJHL goaltenders in those statistical categories. His impressive numbers earned him a position on Team Collins at the GOJHL Future Stars Game, where he made eight saves on 10 shots to help Team Collins earn a 10-9 win. At season’s end, Grimes was named to the Midwestern Conference All-Rookie Team. In addition to his GOJHL accolades, the 6’3” 208 pound netminder was selected in 10th round, 196th overall by the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Draft in 2019.
The other players included were Cole O’Hara, Brendan Kennette, Ryan Tverberg, and Ryan Alexander.
Recent Winners – Top Prospect Award Winners
Tyler Wall (G) – Leamington Flyers
Ryan Da Silva (D) – Stouffville Spirit
Sam Dunn (D) – Cobourg Cougars
Josh Dickinson (F) – Georgetown Raiders
Jack Jacome (F) – Georgetown Raiders
Liam Morgan (F) – Trenton Golden Hawks
Hunter Jones (G) – Stouffville Spirit
Joey Berkopec (D) – Burlington Cougars
Matthew Kellenberger (D) – Oakville Blades
Finn Evans (F) – St. Michael’s Buzzers
Philip Lagunov (F) – Burlington Cougars
Bryce Misley (F) – Oakville Blades
Jett Alexander (G) – North York Rangers
Declan Carlile (D) – Wellington Dukes
Colton Kalezic (F) – Toronto Patriots
Dustyn McFaul (D) – Pickering Panthers
Kaleb Pearson (F) – Stratford Warriors
Mason Snell (D) – Wellington Dukes
Mitchell Weeks (G) – Newmarket Hurricanes
Zachary Uens (D) – Wellington Dukes
Kosta Manikis (F) – Toronto Jr. Canadiens
Noah Beck (D) – St. Michaels Buzzers
Ryan McAllister (F) – Komoka Kings
Ty Glover (F) – Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Photos: Logan Mailloux – Courtesy of the OHL; Dixon Grimes – Courtesy of the Listowel Cyclones.