Visentin posted a 30-9-2-4 record between the pipes for the IceDogs helping the club to their best regular season finish in franchise history with 96 points in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. In 46 games he carried the second-best goals-against-average with a mark of 2.52 while his .917 save percentage was the highest in the OHL this season. Visentin also earned four shutout victories which tied for second-most in the league.
"It's an honour to receive this award considering all of the talented goaltenders in the league this year,” said Visentin. “I couldn't do it without the great players in front of me, the superb coaching staff, and the wonderful organization here in Niagara. It's also an honour to follow the footsteps of other great goaltenders who have won this award in the past."
Visentin, an 18-year-old from Waterdown, ON, has played three OHL seasons with the IceDogs who selected him in the third round of the 2008 OHL Priority Selection. In 44 starts this season he allowed two or less goals 21 times including five-straight games from February 3-13 in a stretch where he received OHL Player of the Week honours and was named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week twice. This season he competed as a member of Team OHL in the 2010 SUBWAY Super Series before being selected to represent Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, NY, where he earned a silver medal. In April, Visentin signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes who selected him with the 27 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
“Mark was great for us all season,” said IceDogs Head Coach and General Manager Marty Williamson. “He is a tremendous worker and the backbone of our team. We are extremely proud of Mark and this award just goes to show that his hard work and dedication really paid off.”
Visentin will be formally presented with the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year Award on Wednesday June 8 at the OHL Awards Ceremony held at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. He is also the OHL’s nominee for the CHL Goaltender of the Year.
Did they ever. It seemed like at the draft, nobody knew who he was. Now his name should be a bit more popular, I would imagine.
He joins a solid group of current NHL goaltenders in the OHL Goaltender of the year category.
# 2008–09 Mike Murphy, Belleville Bulls
# 2007–08 Mike Murphy, Belleville Bulls
# 2006–07 Steve Mason, London Knights
# 2005–06 Adam Dennis, London Knights
# 2004–05 Michael Ouzas, Mississauga IceDogs
# 2003–04 Paulo Colaiacovo, Barrie Colts
# 2002–03 Andy Chiodo Toronto St. Michael's Majors
# 2001–02 Ray Emery, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
# 2000–01 Craig Anderson, Guelph Storm
# 1999–2000 Andrew Raycroft, Kingston Frontenacs
# 1998–99 Brian Finley, Barrie Colts
# 1997–98 Bujar Amidovski, Toronto St. Michael's Majors
# 1996–97 Zac Bierk, Peterborough Petes
# 1995–96 Craig Hillier, Ottawa 67's
# 1994–95 Tyler Moss, Kingston Frontenacs
# 1993–94 Jamie Storr, Owen Sound Platers
# 1992–93 Manny Legace, Niagara Falls Thunder
Man, that is bleak. Given that company, it looks like Mark Vistentin has a bright future ahead of him as a flash in the pan, followed by a frustrating, underwhelming few years before he settles a has-been backup somewhere.
I don't think anyone on that list is wired quite like Visentin. He's a rare, yeoman professional type. His attitude reminds me of Doan, actually. Just the right amount of cockiness and a willingness to learn. I think having him work with Sean Burke will make all the difference.
I had to look it up...
WHL Top Goalie
WinnersSeason Player Team
2009-10 Martin Jones Calgary Hitmen
2008-09 Chet Pickard Tri-City Americans
2007–08 Chet Pickard Tri-City Americans
2006–07 Carey Price Tri-City Americans
2005–06 Justin Pogge Calgary Hitmen
2004–05 Jeff Glass Kootenay Ice
2003–04 Cam Ward Red Deer Rebels
2002–03 Josh Harding Regina Pats
2001–02 Cam Ward Red Deer Rebels
2000–01 Dan Blackburn Kootenay Ice
Currently reading a book called "The Art of Scouting" by Shane Malloy.
Interesting story about the 2009 draft. LA knew Phoenix absolutely loved Ekman Larsson and one of their scouts who frequently ran into Keith Gretzky in his travels pulled a prank by telling Keith they were going to take Ekman Larsson at 5 (Phoenix drafted 6th) just to see Gretzky's reaction.
Well, Bloodoff wasn't signed and is now a UFA. No major loss. That leaves only Brown, Darling, Bennett, Lee, and the 4 Europeans as the unsigned "In The System" prospects. Looks like DM is amping up on building a grow your own system. Let the guys mature slowly in the AHL and use only the best in the NHL. Similar to how Detroit has been doing things for a long time. Now if our scouting keeps improving.....