CAMBRIDGE, ON (May 26) – The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is pleased to announce the 2015 Donald Sanderson Award Winner as selected by the OHA Awards Committee.
OHA DONALD SANDERSON AWARD – Lucas Triemstra, Ancaster Avalanche, Golden Horseshoe Conference (Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League)
Lucas Triemstra was a solid blue liner on the Ancaster Avalanche this past season. The Stoney Creek native managed to score three goals while adding 19 assists, all while playing against the league’s toughest scorers on a nightly basis. Named the Golden Horseshoe Conference Most Valuable Defenseman, Triemstra was also the winner of the Tyler Crooks Memorial Award an award given to a player in the Golden Horseshoe Conference who exhibits excellence in the community, on the ice and in the class room. Named assistant captain of the Avalanche this past season, the second year law student at the University of Western Ontario boasts an 80% average. In his spare time, Triemstra volunteers with the Villa Italia Retirement Centre, bringing joy to the over 100 senior residents who call the facility “home”. Remaining an active member of his community, attending University and playing Junior B hockey have all made him a perfect candidate for the 2015 OHA Donald Sanderson Memorial Award.
“I am very excited to hear that Lucas has won the OHA Sanderson award this year. Lucas has worked very hard to be a great student athlete, he continued to attend Western University while playing for the Ancaster Avalanche this year,” said Ryan Kawabata.
“He commuted back and forth to London during the week to attend classes and to attend our practices and games. He showed what an athlete can do when he is committed to doing well in both academics and hockey. Lucas had a tremendous year with the Avalanche in 2014-15 also winning the Golden Horseshoe Conference Best Defensemen and the Tyler Crooks Award as Player of the Year.”
“He is a great role model for the kind of players that the Avalanche try and recruit to play with us each year. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and we are so proud that is an Avalanche Alumni,” said Kawabata.
In 2009 the OHA lost a member of its family when young Donald Sanderson of the Whitby Dunlops Senior AAA Hockey Club suffered a major head injury in a December game. Don lost his life nearly a month later. The Donald Sanderson Memorial Award is given out on an annual basis to a player in the OHA who best exemplifies the four D’s that were evident in Donald’s life; Dedication, Desire, Discipline and Deportment. Winners of this prestigious award exercise a high degree of educational standards as they must be enrolled in either College or University.
All 2014-2015 OHA Award Winners will receive their awards at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday, June 5th.