The OHL awarded Spitfires’ Ryan Ellis the Red Tilson Trophy for being the most outstanding OHL player of the year. Ellis scored 101 points in 58 games with 24 goals and 77 assists became the first defenceman in 17 years to score more than 100 points in a season. He is just the fourth defenceman in the 67-year history of the Red Tilson Trophy to win the award.
“This is a great honour and very exciting for me,” said Ellis. “The guys who have their names on this trophy have done some great things for hockey. The fans in Windsor have been instrumental to our success over the years and I want to thank everyone for the best four years anyone could ask for.”
“On behalf of the Windsor Spitfires we are very excited for Ryan,” said Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel. “He leads by example and while his on-ice accolades are clear it is also his character off the ice that has been tremendous and instrumental in helping our younger players with their development this season. He has given so much to the community. It will be tough moving forward without Ryan Ellis but he will be remembered as one of the greatest and one of the players that helped put the Windsor Spitfires on the map.”