Jim Rutherford Trophy

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Jim Rutherford Trophy
SportIce hockey
Awarded forBest goaltender in OHL
First award2020
Most recentBrett Brochu

The Jim Rutherford Trophy is given to the best goaltender in the Ontario Hockey League, as voted by coaches and general managers.[1] The winner is also nominated for the CHL Goaltender of the Year award.

From 1988 until 2019, the award was named the Ontario Hockey League Goaltender of the Year Award. On May 19, 2020, the OHL unveiled the Jim Rutherford Trophy, in honour of former goaltender Jim Rutherford.[2] Rutherford played with the Hamilton Red Wings from 1967-69 before playing in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings from 1970-83. Following his playing career, Rutherford joined the Windsor Compuware Spitfires as the general manager of the team from 1984-88, winning the J. Ross Robertson Cup in the 1987-88 season. In 1990, Rutherford became the general manager and president of the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors. He remained in this position as they were renamed the Detroit Junior Red Wings in 1992 until accepting a job promotion to become the general manager, president, and minority owner of the Hartford Whalers in 1994. Rutherford remained with the club as general manager when they relocated and became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997. In 2006, Rutherford won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes. He stayed with the club until 2014 before stepping down and selling his shares in the Hurricanes to become the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. With the Penguins, Rutherford has won the Stanley Cup two more times, in 2016 and 2017. Rutherford was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.


List of winners of Jim Rutherford Trophy.[1]

Season Winner Team
2021–22 Brett Brochu London Knights
2020–21 Not awarded
2019–20 Nico Daws Guelph Storm

Prior to 2020, the award was called the Ontario Hockey Goaltender of the Year. This award was presented from 1988 until 2019.

Season Winner Team
2018–19 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen Sudbury Wolves
2017–18 Michael DiPietro Windsor Spitfires
2016–17 Michael McNiven Owen Sound Attack
2015–16 Mackenzie Blackwood Barrie Colts
2014–15 Lucas Peressini Kingston Frontenacs
2013–14 Alex Nedeljkovic Plymouth Whalers
2012–13 Jordan Binnington Owen Sound Attack
2011–12 Michael Houser London Knights
2010–11 Mark Visentin Niagara IceDogs
2009–10 Chris Carrozzi Mississauga St. Michael's Majors
2008–09 Mike Murphy Belleville Bulls
2007–08 Mike Murphy Belleville Bulls
2006–07 Steve Mason London Knights
2005–06 Adam Dennis London Knights
2004–05 Michael Ouzas Mississauga IceDogs
2003–04 Paulo Colaiacovo Barrie Colts
2002–03 Andy Chiodo Toronto St. Michael's Majors
2001–02 Ray Emery Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
2000–01 Craig Anderson Guelph Storm
1999–00 Andrew Raycroft Kingston Frontenacs
1998–99 Brian Finley Barrie Colts
1997–98 Bujar Amidovski Toronto St. Michael's Majors
1996–97 Zac Bierk Peterborough Petes
1995–96 Craig Hillier Ottawa 67's
1994–95 Tyler Moss Kingston Frontenacs
1993–94 Jamie Storr Owen Sound Platers
1992–93 Manny Legace Niagara Falls Thunder
1991–92 Mike Fountain Oshawa Generals
1990–91 Mike Torchia Kitchener Rangers
1989–90 Jeff Fife Belleville Bulls
1988–89 Gus Morschauser Kitchener Rangers
1987–88 Rick Tabaracci Cornwall Royals

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  1. ^ a b "OHL Awards". Ontario Hockey League. Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  2. ^ "Storm's Nico Daws Named Inaugural Recipient of Jim Rutherford Trophy as OHL Goaltender of the Year". Ontario Hockey League. Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved 2020-05-19.

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