TORONTO, ON - APRIL 16: George Fegaras #19 of the North York Rangers controls the puck during the first period at the Scotiabank Pond on April 16, 2022 in Ontario, Canada (Photo by Paul Mauceri / OJHL Images)
May 3, 2022

1:38 PM EDT

George Fegaras continues his impressive award season as he is one of five players who have been selected finalists for the CJHL’s Top Rookie Award in 2021-22.

He drew the attention of NHL Central Scouting right off the hop to begin the 2021-22 Ontario Junior Hockey League season, his first at the junior level. … Multiple scouts from the league provided positive reports on the rookie defencemen even before reps from all 32 NHL teams got a look at him during the OJHL Governors’ Showcase in Cobourg last fall. … Fegaras was one of four OJHLers named to NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary watch list for the 2022 draft in October. He remained listed through mid-season rankings. … “George has been unbelievable for us,” said North York Head Coach Geoff Schomogyi. “He’s been great all year. He’s continued to grow and get better as a player. George is one of those kids who is constantly seeking feedback on how he can better his game and better himself.” He’s been a rock back there for us. I’m so impressed with how he has been able to skate pucks out of our zone and create offence from our back end.” … Fegaras committed to NCAA DI Cornell early in the OJHL season. … The 17-year-old from Richmond Hill played in 52 of North York’s 54 games, scoring 13 goals and assisting on 35 more. … His 38 points were third highest of all defencemen in the 21-team league – in a pack of 20- and 21-year-olds – and second most of all Ranger players. … Three of his goals were game-winners.