Thursday, April 12, 2007

Pyatt named OHL's most sportsmanlike

The Ontario Hockey League announced Wednesday that Saginaw Spirit center Tom Pyatt has been named the Most Sportsmanlike Player and winner of the William Hanley Trophy for the 2006-07 season.

The winner is selected by the league's general managers.

“We are very thrilled for Tom,” stated Spirit coach-GM Bob Mancini. “It's a tremendous credit to him as a player and speaks to his ability, his competitiveness and his sense of fair play. Our entire organization is very happy for Tom.”

Pyatt tallied 43 goals and 38 assists (81 points) and was plus-33. He was the team's goal leader and point leader during the season, and broke Spirit single season records in goals, shorthanded goals (6) and plus/minus. Pyatt notched 94 goals and 106 assists (200 points) in his four-year, 240-game Spirit career.

The Thunder Bay, Ontario native represented Saginaw at the 2006 OHL All-Star Classic, being named the Western Conference Most Valuable Player, and the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic, being named the captain of the Western Conference. He participated in the 2005 and 2006 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge and won gold medals with Team Canada at the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships.

Pyatt joined the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack following the conclusion of the Spirit postseason. The Wolf Pack is the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, who drafted Pyatt in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Pyatt received 45 points in the voting process, followed by Logan Couture of the Ottawa 67’s and Dustin Jeffrey of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, who both received 27 points. Daniel Ryder of the Plymouth Whalers finished third in voting with 25 points.

The Most Sportsmanlike Player award and William Hanley Trophy has been previously awarded to Brampton's Wojtek Wolski (2005-06) and Sault Ste. Marie's Jeff Carter (2004-05). The trophy is presented by the OHL to commemorate William Hanley, former Secretary-Manager of the Ontario Hockey Association for over 25 years.

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