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The Bobby Smith Trophy is awarded annually to the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year who best combines high standards of play and academic excellence.

The trophy, which honours Bobby Smith, a former Ottawa 67's star, is symbolic of the high standard of excellence that Smith displayed on the ice, as well as in the classroom, during his outstanding junior career. Each team's nominee for the award becomes a member of the OHL Scholastic Team of the Year.

The Ontario Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year is selected by a committee of OHL Educational Consultants who assess each nominee's academic achievements, and by Frank Bonello, Director of National Hockey League Central Scouting, who evaluates each nominee's hockey ability.


List of recipients of the Bobby Smith Trophy.[1]

Season Winner[2] Team
2019–20 Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit
2018–19 Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads
2017–18 Barrett Hayton Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
2016–17 Sasha Chmelevski Ottawa 67's
2015–16 Nicolas Hague Mississauga Steelheads
2014–15 Connor McDavid Erie Otters
2013–14 Connor McDavid Erie Otters
2012–13 Darnell Nurse Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
2011–12 Adam Pelech Erie Otters
2010–11 Dougie Hamilton Niagara IceDogs
2009–10 Erik Gudbranson Kingston Frontenacs
2008–09 Matt Duchene Brampton Battalion
2007–08 Ryan Ellis Windsor Spitfires
2006–07 Steven Stamkos Sarnia Sting
2005–06 Danny Battochio Ottawa 67's
2004–05 Richard Clune Sarnia Sting
2003–04 Scott Lehman Toronto St. Michael's Majors
2002–03 Dustin Brown Guelph Storm
2001–02 Dustin Brown Guelph Storm
2000–01 Dustin Brown Guelph Storm
1999–00 Brad Boyes Erie Otters
1998–99 Rob Zepp Plymouth Whalers
1997–98 Manny Malhotra Guelph Storm
1996–97 Jake McCracken Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1995–96 Boyd Devereaux Kitchener Rangers
1994–95 Jamie Wright Guelph Storm
1993–94 Ethan Moreau Niagara Falls Flyers
1992–93 Tim Spitzig Kitchener Rangers
1991–92 Nathan LaFayette Cornwall Royals
1990–91 Nathan LaFayette Cornwall Royals
1989–90 Ryan Kuwabara Ottawa 67's
1988–89 Brian Collinson Toronto Marlboros
1987–88 Darrin Shannon Windsor Spitfires
1986–87 John McIntyre Guelph Platers
1985–86 Chris Clifford Kingston Canadians
1984–85 Craig Billington Belleville Bulls
1983–84 Scott Tottle Peterborough Petes
1982–83 Dave Gagner Brantford Alexanders
1981–82 Dave Simpson London Knights
1980–81 Doug Smith Ottawa 67's
1979–80 Steve Konroyd Oshawa Generals

See also

Both awards are independent of on-ice performance, unlike the Bobby Smith Trophy which combines performance with academics.
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