NORTH YORK, ON - APRIL 14: Goaltender James Gray #30 of the North York Rangers prepares to make the save during the third period at the Herbert Carnegie Centennial Arena on April 14, 2022 in Ontario, Canada (Photo by Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images)
May 4, 2022

1:45 PM EDT

James Gray is in that top five of the CJHL. Gray was honoured Monday as the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Year and Top Goaltender (lowest GAA).

The second-year netminder simply dominated the leaderboard for goaltenders in the 21-team Ontario Junior Hockey League across every category that mattered during the 2021-22 season: Most wins: 25 (three-way tie for first) – Goals-against average: 1.96 (first) – Save percentage: .931 (three-way tie for first). … No other netminder finished tops in two of the categories, let alone three. … Gray started strong and never looked back. … He was the OJHL Warrior Goaltender of the Month for October, which was the opening month of the OJ’s schedule this season. … Gray was 7-1-1 during the month, posting a 1.83 goals-against average with a .938 save percentage. … On the season, Gray had three shutouts while making 958 saves, playing 36 of the Rangers’ 54 games. … “Every single game, no matter how we were playing, you knew we had an opportunity to win the game when he’s in net,” said North York Head Coach Geoff Schomogyi. “It’s very rare that he had an off night and it’s’ a luxury as a team to have a netminder back there who can bail you out. And James did that several times for us this season.” … Gray joined the Rangers two years ago after helping the Toronto Young Nationals AAA U18 squad win the TELUS Cup national championship.