May 21, 2020

Rossi earns Red Tilson Trophy

Marco Rossi was honoured as the Red Tilson Trophy recipient as the Ontario Hockey League’s most outstanding player of the year, the league announced Thursday.

Rossi, No. 8 in FC Hockey’s Spring ranking for the 2020 NHL Draft, led the Canadian Hockey League in points this season with 120 points (39 goals, 81 assists) in 53 games. His 2.14 points-per-game led the OHL and is the highest by a Red Tilson recipient since Connor McDvaid (2.55) in 2014-15.

“It comes as no surprise from me that Rossi is the OHL’s most outstanding player,” FC Hockey’s head Eastern scout Dylan Galloway said. “The draft eligible scored 120 points in just 56 games while being one of the leagues most well-rounded players. His consistency in being able to drive offense, while still possessing the grit and work ethic to play a strong defensive game, makes him a coaches dream.

“He plays a smart and mature game but can spice things up in the offensive zone with some truly dazzling plays. Rossi truly optimizes the outstanding player award and his winning doesn’t surprise me in the least.”

The 18-year-old is the first Austrian-born player to win the award.

This season, Rossi was also recognized as the Eddie Power Memorial Trophy winner as the OHL’s top scorer, and led all Eastern Conference skaters with six nominations in the annual OHL Coaches Poll, including first-place finishes in the smartest player, best playmaker, and best shootout shooter categories.

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