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EMMS FAMILY AWARD
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
The Emms Family Award is presented annually to the Rookie of the Year (top first-year player) in the Ontario Hockey League. The winner is also nominated for the CHL Rookie of the Year. The award was donated by Hap Emms. Leighton "Hap" Emms was a coach, owner, general manager and pioneer of the game, with a 33-year presence in the Ontario Hockey Association. His involvement in the Barrie Flyers, Niagara Falls Flyers, and St. Catharines Black Hawks, led to eight Memorial Cup tournament appearances, winning four times.
2021-22
CAM ALLEN
GUELPH STORM
2019-20
SHANE WRIGHT
KINGSTON FRONTENACS
2018-19
QUINTON BYFIELD
SUDBURY WOLVES
2017-18
ANDREI SVECHNIKOV
BARRIE COLTS
2016-17
RYAN MERKLEY
GUELPH STORM
2015-16
ALEXANDER NYLANDER
MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS
2014-15
ALEX DEBRINCAT
ERIE OTTERS
2013-14
TRAVIS KONECNY
OTTAWA 67S
2012-13
CONNOR MCDAVID
ERIE OTTERS
2011-12
AARON EKBLAD
BARRIE COLTS
2010-11
NAIL YAKUPOV
SARNIA STING
2009-10
MATT PUEMPEL
PETERBOROUGH PETES
2008-09
EVGENY GRACHEV
BRAMPTON BATTALION
2007-08
TAYLOR HALL
WINDSOR SPITFIRES
2006-07
PATRICK KANE
LONDON KNIGHTS
2005-06
JOHN TAVARES
OSHAWA GENERALS
2004-05
BENOIT POULIN
SUDBURY WOLVES
2003-04
BRYAN LITTLE
BARRIE COLTS
2002-03
ROB SCHREMP
MISSISSAUGA ICEDOGS
2001-02
PATRICK O'SULLIVAN
MISSISSAUGA ICEDOGS
2000-01
RICK NASH
LONDON KNIGHTS
1999-00
DEREK ROY
KITCHENER RANGERS
1998-99
SHELDON KEEFE
BARRIE COLTS
1997-98
DAVID LEGWAND
PLYMOUTH WHALERS
1996-97
PETER SARNO
WINDSOR SPITFIRES
1995-96
JOE THORNTON
SAULT STE-MARIE GREYHOUNDS
1994-95
BRYAN BERARD
DETROIT JR RED WINGS
1993-94
VITALI YACHMENEV
NORTH BAY CENTENNIALS
1992-93
JEFF O'NEILL
GUELPH STORM
1991-92
CHRIS GRATTON
KINGSTON FRONTENACS
1990-91
CORY STILLMAN
WINDSOR SPITFIRES
1989-90
CHRIS LONGO
PETERBOROUGH PETES
1988-89
OWEN NOLAN
CORNWALL ROYALS
1987-88
RICK CORRIVEAU
LONDON KNIGHTS
1986-87
ANDREW CASSELS
OTTAWA 67S
1985-86
LONNIE LOACH
GUELPH PLATERS
1984-85
DEREK KING
SAULT STE-MARIE GREYHOUNDS
1983-84
SHAWN BURR
KITCHENER RANGERS
1982-83
BRUCE CASSIDY
OTTAWA 67S
1981-82
PAT VERBEEK
SUDBURY WOLVES
1980-81
TONY TANTI
OSHAWA GENERALS
1979-80
BRUCE DOWIE
TORONTO MARLBOROS
1978-79
JOHN GOODWIN
SAULT STE-MARIE GREYHOUNDS
1977-78
WAYNE GRETZKY
SAULT STE-MARIE GREYHOUNDS
1976-77
MIKE GARTNER
SUDBURY WOLVES
1975-76
JOHN TAVELLA
SAULT STE-MARIE GREYHOUNDS
1974-75
DAN SHEARER
HAMILTON-WENTWORTH FINCUPS
1973-74
JACK VALIQUETTE
SAULT STE-MARIE GREYHOUNDS
1972-73
DENNIS MARUK
LONDON KNIGHTS