Spirit’s Hunter named to OHA top prospects

This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) will be announcing the 2016-17 OHA Awards recipients and recently announced the OHA 2016-17 Top Prospects as selected by the OHA Awards Committee.

Stouffville Spirit goaltender, Hunter Jones, was named to the five-player list of top prospects that includes two defencemen and three forwards.

Jones, as a 16-year-old, finished his rookie season with the Spirit with a record of 7-7-0, a goals against average of 2.74 and a .917 save percentage.

Impressive numbers, considering the 6’3” goaltender doesn’t turn 17 until September 21. Jones also represented his country by participating in the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for Team Canada Black, and in the World Junior A Challenge for Team Canada East, capturing a silver medal at both events.

Jones also participated in 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge for Team OJHL Hawerchuk and was named an OJHL 2nd Team All Prospect. Jones officially committed to the OHL’s Peterborough Petes and will be eligible for the NHL Entry Draft in 2019.

The other players named as OHA’s 2016-2017 Top Prospects are defencemen Joey Berkopec from the Burlington Cougars and Matthew Kellenberger from the Oakville Blades. Also included are forwards Finn Evans of St. Michael’s Buzzers, Philip Lagunov of the Burlington Cougars and Bryce Misley of the Oakville Blades.

The remaining 2016-17 OHA Awards will be announced this week and recipients will formally receive their awards at the Hockey Hall of Fame on May 26.

Photo: Ontario Junior Hockey League, playoff game between the Trenton Golden Hawks and the Stouffville Spirit., Hunter Jones #29 of the Stouffville Spirit makes the save during the third period
(Photo by Amy Deroche / OJHL Images)

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