On the heels of Nick Robertson picking up the Sportsman of the Year honours in the CHL, Noel Hoefenmayer has picked up the defenseman of the year honours for the CHL…
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) June 9, 2020
The 21-year-old from North York, Ontario, appeared on the scoresheet in 46 of his 58 games this season, produced 24 multi-point performances, and helped his 67’s earn a second straight OHL regular season crown tying a franchise record with 50 wins. His 82 points are the highest by a 67’s defenceman since Brian Campbell had 87 back in 1998-99, and his 26 goals are the most by a Barber Poles blueliner since Bruce Cassidy had 27 back in 1983-84. This award brings an end to an accomplished five-year career for Hoefenmayer who joined the 67’s as a second round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. Over 298 career games he amassed 65 goals which trails greats like Denis Potvin and Doug Wilson, while his 222 points rank sixth on the club’s all-time list. A former fourth round pick of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft, Hoefenmayer signed an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies upon season’s end.
From Hoefenmayer himself:
— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) June 9, 2020
While Noel might not be signed to the Leafs and will instead get his first crack at pro hockey under a Marlies contract, you have to be enthused about how well things have gone even before he has had an opportunity to take the ice. The Leafs have a history of giving their AHL players a shot on NHL deals if they work out, as demonstrated with Justin Holl and Kristians Rubins, Hopefully the ECHL and/or AHL will start up in the fall and give us a chance to get a better look at a player who we are getting increasingly excited about.