2016 Gatorade OHL Cup All-Star Team
Six players have been named to the 2016 Gatorade OHL Cup All-Star Team, a selection of the annual showcase’s top performers as chosen by OHL Central Scouting.
Here’s a look at this year’s Gatorade OHL Cup All-Star Team:
Forward – Danil Antropov (Toronto Marlboros)
7 GP, 7 G, 3 A, 10 PTS
Toronto Marlboros forward Danil Antropov finished second in OHL Cup scoring with 10 points in seven games, helping the Toronto Marlboros reach the OHL Cup Finals for a third straight year. The 6’1″, 185Ib. son of former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nik Antropov opened the showcase with a two-goal performance in Toronto’s 5-1 win over the Southern Tier Admirals before adding a goal and an assist in a 3-1 victory over Team NOHA on Friday. Antropov continued producing in the OHL Cup Quarter-Final scoring twice in a 7-0 win over the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs before adding two goals and an assist in a 6-0 Semi-Final win over the GTHL rival Toronto Jr. Canadiens.
Forward – Hunter Holmes (Niagara North Stars)
4 GP, 6 G, 3 A, 9 PTS
Niagara North Stars captain Hunter Holmes led the Round Robin in scoring with nine points in four games as his club played to a 1-3-0 record. Holmes opened the showcase with a third period hat-trick to bring the Stars back from a 4-1 deficit against the Thunder Bay Kings, a game they went on to win 5-3. He added a goal and an assist in losses to the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and the Waterloo Wolves before closing out the OHL Cup with a goal against the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs. Holmes received Niagara North Player of the Game honours in three of their four contests.
Forward – Akil Thomas (Toronto Marlboros)
7 GP, 6 G, 7 A, 13 PTS
The OHL Cup’s leading scorer, Akil Thomas helped lead the Toronto Marlboros to a berth in the OHL Cup Finals with a 5-2-0 record. He opened the showcase with a goal and two assists in a 5-1 win over the Southern Tier Admirals and later added a goal and an assist in wins over TPH Hockey and the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs. Thomas exploded offensively in the OHL Cup Semi-Finals, collecting five points (2-3–5) in a 6-0 win over the Toronto Jr. Canadiens.
Defenceman – Justin MacPherson (York Simcoe Express)
7 GP, 0 G, 3 A, 3 PTS
After logging big minutes on the York Simcoe blueline, Justin MacPherson has been named to the Gatorade OHL Cup All-Star Team due in large part to his excellent two-way play throughout the tournament. MacPherson notched three assists in seven games but played the tough matchups for the Express to help them claim the 2016 OHL Cup title.
Defenceman – Declan Chisholm (Don Mills Flyers)
6 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 PTS
Don Mills Flyers blueliner Declan Chisholm’s strong play throughout the 2016 OHL Cup has earned him Gatorade OHL Cup All-Star Team honours. The smooth-skating rearguard had two goals, three assists and five points in six games, helping the Wild Card entry Flyers reach the OHL Cup Semi-Finals before losing to the eventual champion York Simcoe Express. Chisholm had a goal and an assist in Don Mills’ must-win Round Robin finale victory over the Mississauga Rebels.
Goaltender – Andrei Berezinskiy (York Simcoe Express)
5 GP, 5-0-0, 2.09 GAA
York Simcoe Express goaltender Andrei Berezinskiy backstopped his team to an OHL Cup title, making 39 saves in a 2-1 double overtime championship win over the Toronto Marlboros. Berezinskiy won all five of York Simcoe’s games in the 2016 OHL Cup, earning Player of the Game honours three different times. He opened the showcase with a standout performance in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Red Wings and later earned Player of the Game honours in York Simcoe’s 4-1 Semi-Final win over the Don Mills Flyers. His 39 saves in the Championship game earned him Player of the Game recognition as well.