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BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins‘ season may be over, but one of their stars of the future is making news.
Boston’s 2011 first round pick Dougie Hamilton has won the Ontario Hockey League’s Max Kaminsky Trophy for the most outstanding defenseman.
The 18-year-old Hamilton led all defensemen in scoring with 17 goals and 55 assists in 50 games for the OHL’s Niagra IceDogs.
“This year has been a ton of fun and it is a huge honor to win this award,” Hamilton said in a release. “I spent the last couple of years watching the best defencemen in the league and then trying to get myself to that point and it is exciting to be here now and receive this award. A lot of past winners have gone on to NHL careers and hopefully I can follow suit.”
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While the Bruins may be done playing hockey this season, Hamilton and the IceDogs are not. Niagra will take on the London Knights — who have another Bruins prospect in Jared Knight — in the 2012 Ontario Hockey League championship series, set to begin on Thursday.
The IceDogs are playing for a title for the first time in franchise history thanks to a strong postseason from Hamilton. The 2011 ninth-overall pick finished the semifinals against the Ottawa 67′s with two goals and six assists, including three assists in Niagara’s Game 4 victory and two assists in the team’s Game 5 victory.
In 15 playoff games this season, Hamilton has four goals and 15 assists. His 19-points ranks ninth among all playoff scorers and second amongst defensemen.
The Bruins acquired the pick used to draft Hamilton in the Phil Kessel trade with Toronto, which also netted them the 2010 second-overall selection used to draft Tyler Seguin.