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Gens hand out the 2018-19 team awards

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

The Oshawa Generals handed out their team awards just before heading into the playoffs.

The awards are meant to show the culture of the Generals locker room and front office.

The first award is the Bruce Melanson Scholastic Player of the Year Award, which is given to the player who had a strong year academically on top of their accomplishments on the ice.

The award went to William Ennis, who is enrolled in classes at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

The Three Stars Award is given to the player who was awarded a star of the game on the most occasions this season.

Anthony Salinitri earned this award as he lead the Gens by being named a star of the game 10 times at home this season.

Salinitri finished the season with 88 points, good enough for 14th in the OHL after setting personal bests in goals with 48, and assists with 40.

He also had seven short handed goals to lead the league, and three home ice hat tricks.

The Red Tilson Community Service Award is handed to the player who has stood out through their time in the Oshawa community.

This award was given to Allan McShane as he attended multiple events throughout the region such as school events and hospital visits.

The Fitness Award is given to the player who shows hard work on the ice, and is dedicated to their time in the gym.

The award went to goalie Kyle Keyser.

Named for a former Oshawa General and current Toronto Maple Leaf, the John Tavares Rookie of the Year Award goes to the rookie who had the strongest season.

This year’s winner is Ty Tullio, who recorded 15 goals and 27 assists for 42 points in 60 games over his rookie season.

Tullio’s performance ranks 14th on the Gens all-time rookie scoring list and was sixth in the league in rookie scoring.

The Marc Savard Top Scorer Award goes to the player who led the team in points, as Brandon Saigeon took it home after pacing the team with 92 points, also finishing the season 12th in the league in scoring.

The Bobby Orr Top Defenceman award is given to the player who best exemplified defensive play, and was given to Ennis, his second team award this season.

Ennis had a strong year as he saw an increase in all statistical categories, and also led the team in plus/minus with a plus 27 rating.

The Eric Lindros Top Forward Award was handed to Serron Noel.

Noel set career highs in all offensive categories this season with 34 goals, 47 assists and 81 points, which had him sitting 22nd in league scoring.

The forward capped off his season by signing an entry level contract with the NHL’s Florida Panthers.

The Heart of a General Award is given to the player who the organization believes best embodies what it means to be a General. For 2018-19, the award went to newly minted captain Kyle MacLean.

On top of being a leader on and off the ice, MacLean also had a strong season after he more than doubled his previous career high in points with 60. He also set a career high in goals with 18, and more than doubled his career high in assists with 42.

The final award handed out is the Most Valuable Player Award. This seasons nominees included top scorers such as Salinitri and Noel, but ultimately it went to the number one netwinder Keyser.

Keyser was in net for 32 of the Gens 44 wins, and finished the season with a 2.75 GAA, and .915 save percentage, all career highs for the goaltender.

He also finished fourth in the OHL in GAA, and second in save percentage.