Niagara Gazette

Sports

May 23, 2013

Jr. Sabres' Gjurich named OHA Player of the Year

Niagara Gazette — Buffalo Junior Sabres forward Tyler Gjurich, who will enroll at the University of Maine this fall to begin his college hockey career, has been named the Junior-A Player of the Year by the Ontario Hockey Association, which oversees several Ontario-based leagues including the Ontario Junior Hockey League, in which the Jr. Sabres compete.

Gjurich will receive the award at a ceremony on Friday, June 7 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Scoring 53 goals and 44 assists last season, Gjurich led the Jr. Sabres and entire Ontario Junior Hockey League in scoring. His scoring prowess was instrumental in Buffalo's first-ever regular season first-place finish in the OJHL West Division. Only one other player has scored 50 or more goals for the Buffalo-based junior franchise — Brian Gionta, now captain of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens, who achieved the feat in 1997 when the team was known as the Niagara Scenics.

Gjurich becomes only the second Western New York based junior hockey player to earn this honor by the OHA. Chris Moran, who later enrolled and played hockey at Niagara University, became the first local honoree in 2005.

It's the second top honor for Gjurich this spring, who hails from Hatfield, Pa. but played midget hockey in Western New York with the Buffalo Regals. Last month, he was named Most Valuable Player by the OJHL.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page