TORONTO - Jacob Muzzin of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds was named the Ontario Hockey League's outstanding defenceman Friday.
Muzzin, 21, captured the Max Kaminsky Trophy after finishing second among OHL blue-liners in scoring with 67 points (15 goals, 52 assists) in 64 games. A fifth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2007, Muzzin is the second Greyhound to win the award following Craig Hartsburg in 1976-77.
"This is a great honour to win this award and be recognized with so many other great players," Muzzin said in a release. "I worked hard this off-season and took on a leadership role this year and developed more confidence with the puck.
"Sault Ste. Marie has given me so much and is like a second home. This was a good way to end my stay here."
Muzzin received 73 points in voting conducted by OHL general managers. Nick Crawford of the Barrie Colts was second with 45 points, while Cameron Gaunce of the Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors (27) finished third for the second straight year.
"Jacob did an outstanding job for us this season," Greyhounds head coach Denny Lambert said. "He brought class, respect, and loyalty to this organization and was a role model for our younger players.
"He was a key member of our turnaround this year and is exactly what our organization represents in all areas on and off the ice."