Sudbury Wolves forward Quinton Byfield has been named the Ontario Hockey League’s rookie of the year.
The six-foot-four, 214-pound centre, who Sudbury selected first overall in the OHL priority draft, had 29 goals and 32 assists in 64 games this season with the Wolves.
Byfield led Sudbury in scoring with 61 points, which was third among all OHL rookies, and his 29 goals ranked second on the team behind Shane Bulitka.
Byfield said winning the award was humbling.
“There’s a lot of good rookies this year that could have won it,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it by myself and owe a lot to my coaches who put trust in me, gave me every opportunity to succeed, and put me in every situation. And my teammates, our off-ice chemistry was unbelievable.”
He’s the third player in Wolves history to win the award, after Benoit Pouliot in 2004-05 and Pat Verbeek in 1981-82.
Byfield’s Wolves were swept in the second round of the OHL playoffs by the Ottawa 67’s.
He was named to the OHL’s All-Rookie team and is eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft.