Steelheads forward Alexander Nylander named OHL rookie of year

Alexander Nylander (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

TORONTO — Mississauga Steelheads forward Alexander Nylander has been named the Ontario Hockey League’s rookie of the year.

Nylander led all OHL rookies and finished 19th overall in league scoring with 75 points (28 goals, 47 assists) in 57 games.

The 18-year-old, currently representing Sweden at the world under-18 hockey championship, earned 84 of a possible 95 voting points from the 20 OHL general managers. Cam Dineen of the North Bay Battalion and Boris Katchouk of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds tied for second with 30 points each.

"It’s a great honour to be selected Rookie of the Year," Nylander said in a release. "I couldn’t do this without my teammates, coaching staff and I thank the Steelheads for the opportunity."

Previous winners of the award include Wayne Gretzky (Sault Ste. Marie, 1978), Joe Thornton (Sault Ste. Marie, 1996), Rick Nash (London, 2001), John Tavares (Oshawa, 2006), Taylor Hall (Windsor, 2008), Aaron Ekblad (Barrie, 2012) and Connor McDavid (Erie, 2013).

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