Emms Family Award

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The Emms Family Award is presented annually to the top first-year player in the Ontario Hockey League.

The award was donated to the OHL by Leighton "Hap" Emms, former owner of franchises in Barrie, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines.[1]


Season Player[1] Team
2016–17 Ryan Merkley Guelph Storm
2015–16 Alexander Nylander Mississauga Steelheads
2014–15 Alex DeBrincat Erie Otters
2013–14 Travis Konecny Ottawa 67’s
2012–13 Connor McDavid Erie Otters
2011–12 Aaron Ekblad Barrie Colts
2010–11 Nail Yakupov Sarnia Sting
2009–10 Matt Puempel Peterborough Petes
2008–09 Evgeny Grachev Brampton Battalion
2007–08 Taylor Hall Windsor Spitfires
2006–07 Patrick Kane London Knights
2005–06 John Tavares Oshawa Generals
2004–05 Benoit Pouliot Sudbury Wolves
2003–04 Bryan Little Barrie Colts
2002–03 Rob Schremp Mississauga IceDogs
2001–02 Patrick O'Sullivan Mississauga IceDogs
2000–01 Rick Nash London Knights
1999–00 Derek Roy Kitchener Rangers
1998–99 Sheldon Keefe Barrie Colts
1997–98 David Legwand Plymouth Whalers
1996–97 Peter Sarno Windsor Spitfires
1995–96 Joe Thornton Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1994–95 Bryan Berard Detroit Junior Red Wings
1993–94 Vitali Yachmenev North Bay Centennials
1992–93 Jeff O'Neill Guelph Storm
1991–92 Chris Gratton Kingston Frontenacs
1990–91 Cory Stillman Windsor Spitfires
1989–90 Chris Longo Peterborough Petes
1988–89 Owen Nolan Cornwall Royals
1987–88 Rick Corriveau London Knights
1986–87 Andrew Cassels Ottawa 67's
1985–86 Lonnie Loach Guelph Platers
1984–85 Derek King Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1983–84 Shawn Burr Kitchener Rangers
1982–83 Bruce Cassidy Ottawa 67's
1981–82 Pat Verbeek Sudbury Wolves
1980–81 Tony Tanti Oshawa Generals
1979–80 Bruce Dowie Toronto Marlboros
1978–79 John Goodwin Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1977–78 Wayne Gretzky Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1976–77 Mike Gartner Niagara Falls Flyers
1975–76 John Tavella Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1974–75 Danny Shearer Hamilton Fincups
1973–74 Jack Valiquette Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1972–73 Dennis Maruk London Knights

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  1. ^ a b Bell, Aaron, ed. (2013). 2013–14 OHL Media Guide. Ontario Hockey League. p. 137.