(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Hockey League has announced that Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro is the 2017-18 recipient of the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year award. DiPietro was named after playing in 56 games this season and carrying a 29-21-3-1 record.
DiPietro produced a league-high seven shutouts while posting the third lowest goals-against-average, with a mark of 2.79, and a save percentage of .910. The seven shutouts led the OHL this season and also established a new single season team record, surpassing his own mark of six set in 2016-17.
“It’s a great honour to be recognized with this award, but I owe a great deal of the credit to the people that support me,” DiPietro said. “My mom and dad, my teammates, and the entire Spitfires organization. My coaches from way back; Brian Spearing and Perry Wilson. It’s because of these people and many more that I’ve been able to enjoy success to this point in my hockey life.”
The Amherstburg native has 75 career wins and 15 shutouts since 2015. He was selected by the Canucks in the third round of the 2017 NHL draft, 64th overall. He is currently with Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Denmark.