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Windsor's Ellis named Ontario Hockey League's most outstanding defenceman

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TORONTO - Windsor's Ryan Ellis was named the Ontario Hockey League's most outstanding defenceman Thursday after leading the Spitfires to the best record in the league.

Ellis, an 18-year-old from Freelton, Ont., captured the Max Kaminsky Trophy after leading OHL defencemen with 89 points (22 goals, 67 assists) in just 57 games. He added a plus-minus rating of plus-52, good for second in the league.

Ellis, who is eligible for this year's NHL draft, guided the Spitfires to a 57-10-0-1 regular-season record. The Spitfires have continued their success into the post-season, advancing to the OHL championship where they'll face either the Brampton Battalion or the Belleville Bulls.

Ellis also earned a gold medal with Canada at the world junior hockey championship in Ottawa.

Ellis received 67 points in the voting, with P.K Subban of the Belleville Bulls second at 57 points and Cameron Gaunce of the Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors third at 38.

The trophy will be presented at the OHL awards ceremony June 3 at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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