PALANDRA LATEST OJHLER TO COMMIT TO RIT
Date: Aug 19, 2019
This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) has been announcing the recipients of the 2018-19 OHA Awards and today the OHA announced that the recipient of the 2018-19 B.J. Monro Memorial Award is Eric Ciccolini of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens from the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). (Photo: Ray MacAloney/OJHL Images)
B.J. MONRO MEMORIAL AWARD – Eric Ciccolini, Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL)
Eric Ciccolini (Vaughan, Ont.) has played in the OJHL for two seasons and recently completed his first full season with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens. He is the highest-ranked OHA player for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Ciccolini was ranked 108th among North American Skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.
The 6’0” 170 pound right winger scored 62 points in 2018-19 with the Jr. Canadiens. He ranked ninth in OJHL scoring and of his 62 points, Ciccolini scored 27 goals and added 35 helpers. Each of his totals were personal bests in the OJHL for the 18-year-old forward. In 2017-18, Ciccolini had 30 points in 47 games in a season he split with the Milton Icehawks and Jr. Canadiens. This season’s total more than doubles his previous point total.
Ciccolini added five points in Toronto’s five-game playoff run in the 2018-19 postseason. He and the Jr. Canadiens were ousted by the North York Rangers in five games in round one of the OJHL Buckland Cup playoffs.
NHL Central Scouting described Ciccolini as a player with a “high-end skill set, good offensive hockey sense” and a player who can see the ice at top speed and is a dynamic offensive threat.
In addition to playing for the Jr. Canadiens, Ciccoline suited up for Canada East at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alta. Ciccolini also participated in the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s (CJHL) Top Prospects game as a member of Team East in January.
Ciccolini, who turned 18 in January, was voted the OJHL’s Top Prospect by a panel of league general managers and media representatives; and was named an OJHL 2nd Team All-Star at season’s end.
Ciccolini has also committed to the University of Michigan (NCAA Division 1 - Big Ten) for the 2020-21 season. He is following a similar path to that of former OJHL players Mike Cammalleri (Bramalea), Andrew Cogliano (St. Michael’s) and Phil Di Giuseppe (Villanova) took – from the OJHL to the NCAA and eventually the NHL.
Ciccolini and other draft hopefuls will hope to have their names called at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver June 21-22.
Recipients of the B.J. Monro Memorial Award:
2017-18 Jack McBain, Toronto Jr. Canadiens
2016-17 Nick Campoli, North York Rangers
2015-16 Matthew Cairns, Georgetown Raiders
2014-15 William Reilly, North York Rangers
2013-14 Jake Walman, Toronto Jr. Canadiens
2012-13 Matt Buckles, St. Michaels Buzzers
2011-12 Devin Shore, Whitby Fury
2010-11 Zach Hyman, Hamilton Red Wings
2009-10 Julian Melchiori, Newmarket Hurricanes
2008-09 Brandon Pirri, Georgetown Raiders
2007-08 Corey Trivino, Stouffville Spirit
2006-07 Scott Freeman, Bowmanville Eagles
2005-06 Thomas Battani, Petrolia Jets
2004-05 Zack Torquato, Stratford Cullitons
2003-04 Justin Azevedo, Chatham Maroons
2002-03 Victor Oreskovich, Milton Ice Hawks
2001-02 Wes O’Neill, Chatham Maroons
2000-01 Nathan Horton, Thorold Blackhawks
1999-00 Justin McCutcheon, Brampton Capitals
1998-99 Mike Cammalleri, Bramalea Blues
1997-98 Jay Harrison, Oshawa Legionnaires
1996-97 Preston Mizzi, Newmarket 87’s
1995-96 Kip Brennan, St. Michael’s Buzzers
Congratulations to Eric Ciccolini on being named the 2018-19 recipient of the OHA’s BJ Monro Memorial Award. OHA Awards winners will be announced this week, and next; and recipients will formally receive their awards at an OHA Awards Luncheon at the OHA Annual General Meeting held at the Cambridge-Kitchener Holiday Inn Convention Centre in Kitchener Sat. June 15, 2019.
Monday (May 13) - Officials Awards
Wednesday (May 15) - BJ Monro Award
Thursday (May 16) - OHA Top Prospects
Friday (May 17) - Donald Sanderson Memorial Award