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MONAHAN HONOURED BY 67'S

The pivot spent three seasons in Ottawa before being drafted by Calgary

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

OTTAWA - The Ottawa 67's have had a plethora of outstanding players go through their system during their 50-year run in junior hockey.

Throughout their anniversary season, they've recognized individuals who have played major roles for the club, naming the top 50 players in franchise history - a list Sean Monahan has been named to.

The 67's have also named an award after him, which will recognize a player for their leadership, courage and passion.

"It's pretty cool," Monahan told CalgaryFlames.com. "I got a couple of awards when I was here, with some pretty special players names on them, so I think that it's pretty cool.

"It means a lot to me."

Monahan played an integral role for the 67's during his tenure in Ottawa and cemented himself as one of the top players in franchise history in his three seasons in the nation's capital.

After putting up an eye-popping 46 goals and 90 points in 47 games with the Minor Midget Mississauga Rebels club in 2009-10, Ottawa selected the forward 16th overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft.

He earned a roster spot that fall and like his rookie season with the Flames, Monahan became known as an impact player in his first year with the 67's. He scored 20 goals and put 47 points in 65 games in the 2010-11 campaign, ranking him sixth in team scoring that year.

"When I first came here, I was pretty scared," he admitted. "I was 15 years old to start, moving away from home and I was little bit homesick.

"They did a great job to make it feel like home and I had great billets. Ottawa has a special place in my heart and its something I'll look back on with (good) memories always."

He also landed a spot on Team Ontario for the 2011 U-17 Hockey Challenge, helping his province win gold thanks to back-to-back two-goal performances in the semi-final and gold medal match-up. He finished the tournament with seven points in six games.

Capping off his freshman season, he played for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, scoring a goal in the final and helping Canada win its fourth straight gold at the annual event.

Monahan followed up a tremendous rookie season with a 33-goal, 78-point effort in 2011-12. In the 2012 playoffs, he put up eight goals and 15 points in an 18-game stretch.

With the 67's going into a transitional year in 2012-13, the club looked to Monahan to help lead a group of young players and named him co-captain. He shared the role with now-Senator Cody Ceci before the defenceman was traded.

That year, he led the 67's with 31 goals and 78 points in 58 games.

In total, Monahan rattled off an incredible 84 goals, 203 points and averaged 1.10 points-per-game in 185 regular season games with the club. In 22 postseason appearances, he netted 10 goals and 19 points.

"I played with a lot of great players when I was here. It was a lot of fun to play here and play with those kind of players. Ottawa is a junior team that's been around for a long time and a lot of high-end talent has come through. To be a part of that and play in this organization … it's special."

The Flames drafted Monahan sixth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft and after impressing management and the coaching staff that fall, he became the first junior-eligible player to earn a full-time roster spot in Calgary since Kevin Lavallee did so 33 years prior.

Monahan has suited up for 386 games with the Flames, scoring 137 goals and 276 points in that span. He leads the 2013 draft class in goals and is second in points, trailing Nathan MacKinnon by eight.

He has hit the 30-goal mark in two of his five seasons with the Flames and set club record when he became the youngest player to reach the 100-goal mark at 22 years and 134 days old.

The 23-year-old is also one goal shy of tying the franchise record for the most-game winning goals in a single season. He currently has 11 in 67 games. Joe Mullen set the record with 12 in the 1986-87 campaign.

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