Hamilton native Connor O’Donnell of the Nipissing Lakers was named an Ontario University Athletics Second Team All-star.
O’Donnell had a sparkling season, finishing tied for third in the OUA with 44 points (13 G, 31 A). The second team nod is the second straight for the fourth-year forward.
His selection was included Wednesday (March 5) in OUA recognition of many outstanding hockey performances in the East Division.
The Queen’s Gaels had an amazing turnaround year, and much of that can be attributed to goaltender Kevin Bailie. The Belleville, Ont. native has earned a trio of major awards this season, being named the most valuable player, top goaltender and rookie of the year along with a first team all-star nod.
Carleton’s Joey West has been named the East division’s most sportsmanlike player; Ryan McKiernan continues the tradition of elite McGill blueliners, after being named the top defenceman in the East; Olivier Hinse of the Concordia Stingers is the 2013-14 OUA East nominee for the Randy Gregg award, given out to the athlete who best exhibits outstanding achievement in hockey, academics and community involvement; for the second time in his career, Queen’s Brett Gibson has been named OUA East coach of the year; .
Joining Bailie and McKiernan on the east division first team are forwards Cedric McNicoll from McGill, UQTR’s Tommy Tremblay, Stephen Blunden of the Ottawa Gee-Gees, and Carleton blueliner Matt Stanisz.
Matt Stanisz of the Carleton Ravens receives his third straight postseason honour after being a second team all-star last season and a member of the all-rookie team in 2011-12. The third-year defenceman from Burlington, Ont., serves as quarterback on the potent Ravens offence. He collected 19 points, all assists, in 18 games this season.
In addition to Kevin Gregg nominee Olivier Hinse, the second all-star team is comprised of forwards O’Donnell of the Nipissing Lakers and Carleton’s Mike McNamee, defencemen Chris Van Laren of the Queen’s Gaels and UQTR’s Mikael Langlois and goalie Marc-Antoine Gelinas.