TORONTO - Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs was named the Ontario Hockey League's defenceman of the year Tuesday.
Hamilton led all OHL defencemen in scoring with 72 points in just 50 games and tied for third in the league with a plus-minus rating of plus-37.
He scored 17 goals and finished tied for third overall in the league with 55 assists, which included a league-high 30 assists recorded on the power play.
"This year has been a ton of fun and it is a huge honour to win this award," Hamilton said in a release. "I spent the last couple of years watching the best defencemen in the league and then trying to get myself to that point and it is exciting to be here now and receive this award.
"A lot of past winners have gone on to NHL careers and hopefully I can follow suit."
The 18-year-old from Toronto was taken ninth overall by the Boston Bruins at the 2011 NHL draft and earned a bronze for Canada at the 2012 world junior hockey championship.
Scott Harrington of the London Knights was second in voting for the award, followed by Cody Ceci of the Ottawa 67's.