2013-2014 Spitfire Award Winners
Parker Construction Most Valuable Player Award - Slater Koekkoek
The Parker Construction Most Valuable Player Award is presented annually to the player who is most valuable to the team in all aspects of the game including offensively, defensively, and on special teams.
Leading Goal Scorer - Josh Ho-Sang/Brady Vail
The Leading Goal Scorer is presented annually to the player with the most goals scored as a member of the Spitfires at the conclusion of the regular season. Both Josh and Brady each scored 32 goals in the regular season.
WFCU Leading Point Scorer Award - Josh Ho-Sang
The WFCU Leading Point Scorer Award is presented annually to the player who leads the team in points scored as a member of the Spitfires at the conclusion of the regular season. During the regular season, Ho-Sang was the leading point scorer with 85 points.
William McAgy Leading Scoring Defenceman - Slater Koekkoek
The William McAgy Leading Scoring Defenceman award goes to the Spitfire defenceman who concludes the regular season as the Spitfires leading scorer in points by a defenceman. Koekkoek lead the scoring for defencemen with 53 points.
Tim Hortons Best Defenceman - Slater Koekkoek
The Tim Hortons Best Defenceman award is presented annually to the defenseman who throughout the regular season demonstrates the greatest all around ability both offensively and defensively.
Rookie Scoring Leader of the Year - Ryan Foss
The Rookie Scoring Leader of the Year award is presented annually to the Spitfire rookie that concludes the regular season with the most points. Ryan Foss lead the rookies with 32 points in the regular season.
Phoenix Jewellers Rookie of the Year - Cristiano DiGiacinto
The Phoenix Jewellers Rookie of the Year award is presented annually to the Spitfire rookie who demonstrates the greatest all around ability each game throughout the regular season.
Scott Miller Award - Brady Vail
The Scott Miller Award is presented to the player who shows the most on and off ice commitment to the team throughout the regular season.
This award was named in honour of Scott Miller, who was rewarded for his commitment to the Windsor Spitfires organization, becoming the first player to have his number (23) retired by the Spitfires in team history. He played for the Spitfires from 1972 to 1976 and served as the team's Captain from 1975-1976.
Paul Maurice Award for Determination and Dedication to the Organization - Felicia Krautner
The Paul Maurice Award is presented annually to a staff member of the Windsor Spitfires organization who has demonstrated the most dedication and commitment to the team.
This award was named in Paul Maurice's honour as he played for the Spitfires from 1984 to 1988 and won an OHL Championship with the team in his final season (1987-1988).
Maurice was captain of the team in 87-88 and as an overager, he gave up his captaincy and spot on the roster so the Spitfires could acquire overage goaltender Pat Jablonski in the middle of season, solidifying the team's goaltending position in what proved to be a banner year for the Spits.
Maurice served as an assistant coach with the Spitfires for the remainder of this season and used this opportunity to start his successful career as a head coach in the OHL and NHL from the 1993-1994 season to the present time. He currently serves as the Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets.
Jake Pollen Hardest Working Spitfire of the Year - Ben Johnson
The Jake Pollen Hardest Working Spitfire is presented annually to the player whose hard work in the gym, community and on the ice has helped the organization become better both on and off ice.
Pollen, who passed away in March of 2011, served as a dressing room attendant with the Spitfires for 20 seasons, retiring in 2009. His dedication to the Spitfires in each of these seasons remains unquestioned. The Windsor Spitfires established this award a few seasons prior to his retirement from the team and will continue to hand it out annually in his honour.
Peter Thomson of Sunlife Financial Academic Achievement Award - Patrick Sanvido
The Peter Thomson of Sunlife Financial Academic Achievement award is awarded annually to the Spitfire Player who achieves the highest academic standard on the team.
Windsor Essex County Real Estate Board Most Improved Player - Ryan Foss
The Windsor Essex County Real Estate Board Most Improved Player award is presented annually to the player whose efforts on and off ice, from training camp to the conclusion of the regular season, has helped him become a better overall player.
Jason Bennett Award for Community Service - Alex Fotinos
The Jason Bennett Award for Community Service is presented annually to the player who attends the most community based events. Jason Bennett, a Windsorite and fervent Spitfire supporter was tragically killed when he was struck by a drunk driver at 10 years of age. The Spitfires organization renamed their award for community service in his honour.
Southland Insurance "Above and Beyond Expectations" Unsung Hero of the Year - Remy Giftopoulos
The Southland Insurance Unsung Hero award is presented annually to the player who exceeds expectations in his commitment to the team on and off the ice while exhibiting unique leadership qualities with little fanfare.