Another day, another accolade for Connor McDavid.
McDavid, the OHL Erie superstar and likely No. 1 pick at this year’s draft, captured the 2014-15 Red Tilson Trophy on Tuesday as the Ontario League’s Player of the Year.
“Obviously it’s amazing,” McDavid said, per NHL.com. “It’s such a special honor. It’s an award that’s really for a team. You wouldn’t be at this point without your teammates and all the coaches and everyone.
“I think it’s one of the most team-oriented awards there are. Obviously it means a lot getting your name on it, but at the same time I owe it all to the boys.”
McDavid, 18, also set some history upon winning the award, becoming the sixth-youngest player in OHL history to take home the Tilson. That puts him in some pretty elite company: 16-year-old John Tavares (Oshawa) was the youngest-ever winner in 2007, followed by Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers (2010), Plymouth’s David Legwand (1998), Eric Lindros of the Oshawa Generals (1991), and Jack Valiquette of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1974).
McDavid captured this year’s award on the strength of 120 points in 47 regular-season games, the tearing apart the OHL playoffs — he currently leading all skaters with 45 points through 18 games.