NORTH YORK, ON - MARCH 28: Goaltender Jett Alexander #72 of the North York Rangers prepares to make the save on March 28, 2019 at Herbert Carnegie Centennial Arena in North York, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images)
April 8, 2019

10:46 AM EDT

The award was voted on by a panel of OJHL general managers and media reps who cover the 22-team league.

“It’s an honour but I truly give all the credit to the 23 brothers I went to war with every night,” Alexander said today. “They always gave me a chance and I’m so grateful for Claude (Desjardins, North York’s general manager) and the coaching staff for giving me a chance and believing in me. North York forever.”

Alexander, 19, had already been named the recipient of both OJHL goaltending awards. One was voted on by the awards committee, the other awarded to the netminder with the lowest goals-against average.

The North York Rangers netminder led the OJHL with a 1.67 goals-against average and .945 save percentage. His league-best 30 wins, included 10 shutouts – breaking an OJHL record that dates back to the early 1970s.

“It’s simply incredible what Jett has accomplished this year and meant to our team,” Geoff Schomogyi, the Rangers head coach and assistant GM, said Monday. “The numbers he has posted from a statistical aspect are insane.

“The thing everyone doesn’t see is how much of a leader he has been for our team on and off ice. He is constantly pushing himself and everyone around him to become better. This award for Jett is much deserved and we are extremely proud of what he has accomplished this season.”

The native of Bloomfield in Prince Edward County played his early minor hockey in Wellington and Belleville before moving to the GTHL for his bantam year. He tended goal for the Don Mills Flyers and North York Rangers AAA teams then signed with the Georgetown Raiders of the OJHL in 2016. Alexander was dealt to North York during the 2016-17 season.

Alexander, who has one more year of junior eligibility, was the OJHL Kewl Goaltender-of-the-Month and Canadian Junior Hockey League first star for October 2018.