The "Fergie" is presented annually to the player selected first overall in the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection. The award recognizes the dedication and contributions made by Jack Ferguson during his 25 year association with the Ontario Hockey League, first as a scout with the Ottawa 67's and followed by his appointment as head of the OHL's Central Scouting Bureau in 1981 as its Director of Central Scouting.
On Friday April 4, the Ontario Hockey League in association with the Sarnia Sting Hockey Club today announced that 16-year-old defenceman Jakob Chychrun of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens will be the first overall pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, presented by State Farm.
The announcement was made at a news conference held this morning at the RBC Centre’s – Hive Bar & Grill where Chychrun was introduced to local media and fans.
“It’s truly an honour and a thrill to be chosen by the Sarnia Sting” stated first overall pick, Jakob Chychrun. “I’d like to thank the Sting for their confidence in choosing me with the first pick in the OHL draft. I realize this is just the first step in my junior hockey career, but I’m excited to meet my future teammates and getting started in the fall.”
Born March 31, 1998, in Boca Raton, Florida, Chychrun led all Greater Toronto Hockey League defencemen in goals (16), assists (27) and points (43) through 29 games played this season, ultimately leading his team to a GTHL Championship title. He also competed for Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and recorded four points in five tournament games. Chychrun joined Sean Day of the Mississauga Steelheads as the only 1998-born players on the team becoming the first underage player outside of the OHL to compete for Team Ontario.
“Jakob is a special kind of player that doesn’t come around too often,” commented Sting Head Scout & Director of Player Personnel, Nick Sinclair. “He is a prototypical modern age defenceman that can do it all. He is a rare combination of size, speed, and strength, but his greatest asset as a player is his hockey sense. His on ice awareness and anticipation are tools that take his game to another level. Jakob is an ultimate competitor and has the ability to adapt to any type of game situation. Off the ice, he is a young man with tremendous drive, leadership, character, and maturity. This young man will be a great ambassador and role model for the community and city of Sarnia. We are extremely thrilled about the future of the Sarnia Sting Hockey Club in being able to inject a cornerstone, like Jakob, into our line-up.”
Chychrun is the fourth member of the Sting to receive the Jack Ferguson Award following Alex Galchenyuk in 2010, Steven Stamkos in 2006, and Jeff Brown in 1994. Recent recipients include Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts in 2011, Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters in 2012, and Travis Konecny of the 67’s who was recently named the OHL’s Rookie of the Year for the 2013-14 season.
OHL Central Scouting describes the 6.02, 195lb defenceman: "There isn’t anything that Jakob doesn’t do well. He plays any style of game you want; finesse, physical or a combination. He has an absolute cannon for a shot and has great footwork that allows him to move on the offensive blueline to find an open lane to the net. He is a very powerful skater that reaches top speed quickly and will make an immediate impact in the OHL next season.”
Past Winners of the Jack Ferguson Award:
Year Player Team
1981 Dan Quinn, Belleville
1982 Kirk Muller, Guelph
1983 Trevor Stienburg, Guelph
1984 Dave Moylan, Sudbury
1985 Bryan Fogarty, Kingston
1986 Troy Mallette, S.S. Marie
1987 John Uniac, Sudbury
1988 Drake Berehowsky, Kingston
1989 Eric Lindros, S.S. Marie
1990 Pat Peake, Detroit
1991 Todd Harvey, Detroit
1992 Jeff O'Neill, Guelph
1993 Alyn McCauley, Ottawa
1994 Jeff Brown, Sarnia
1995 Daniel Tkaczuk, Barrie
1996 Rico Fata, London
1997 Charlie Stephens, Toronto
1998 Jay Harrison, Brampton
1999 Jason Spezza, Mississauga
2000 Patrick Jarrett, Mississauga
2001 Patrick O'Sullivan, Mississauga
2002 Robbie Schremp, Mississauga
2003 Patrick McNeill, Saginaw
2004 John Hughes, Belleville
2005 John Tavares, Oshawa
2006 Steven Stamkos, Sarnia
2007 Ryan O'Reilly, Erie
2008 John McFarland, Sudbury
2009 Daniel Catenacci, Sault Ste. Marie
2010 Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia
2011 Aaron Ekblad, Barrie
2012 Connor McDavid, Erie
2013 Travis Konecny, Ottawa
2014 Jakob Chychrun, Sarnia
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