In what seemingly has been a season-long battle between Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall, check another one in the win column for Seguin.
The Plymouth Whalers center, NHL Central Scouting's top-rated North American skater for the 2010 Entry Draft, on Wednesday was named the winner of the Red Tilson Trophy as the Ontario Hockey League's Most Outstanding Player.
Hall, a Windsor Spitfires left wing, finished second in the voting by media who cover the league. London Knights center Nazem Kadri, a 2009 first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was third.
Part of that is because Hall took time away to play to help Canada win the silver medal at the World Junior Championship in January; Seguin was one of the final cuts from that team.
Hall also is the only one of the two still playing, as his Spitfires beat Seguin's Whalers in the second round of the OHL playoffs.
Plymouth coach/GM Mike Vellucci said the award rewards Seguin for his exemplary on- and off-ice performance this season.
"What I love about his off-ice is he's always willing to help out with teammates, always willing to help out the front office, do anything he can to help the franchise and his teammates," said Vellucci. "He is the most committed hockey player I've seen in his conditioning. He really strives to be the best player he can possibly be. And not just in games. It started from the first time we practiced this year. I could see it in his eyes and in his work ethic. He worked harder in practices than he did in some games."
Vellucci admitted that without Seguin's offensive contributions, his team would not have had the success it did. His 48 goals were more than double than the next-highest amount on the team (A.J. Jenks' 23) and his 106 points were 43 more than Jenks' next-best total.
"He contributed 46 percent of our offense this year," said Vellucci. "That, to me, is amazing. That tells a true story of what he's meant to our organization."
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