Calgary Flames prospect Hunter Brzustewicz named first-ever recipient of OHL’s Teammate of the Year Award

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Ryan Pike
1 month ago
A Calgary Flames prospect has made a little history in the Ontario Hockey League. On the heels of a season that saw him generate a ton of offence, Kitchener Rangers blueliner Hunter Brzustewicz has been named the inaugural recipient of the OHL’s Ted Baker Teammate of the Year Award.
The OHL announced the honour via press release on Thursday. Brzustewicz will receive that award officially at the OHL’s awards ceremony on Wednesday in Toronto. Per the league, the OHL’s Teammate of the Year Award is “presented to the player deemed the best teammate based off selfless play, on and off-ice leadership as a mentor and role model to other players, as well as a commitment and dedication to his team.”
It’s yet another award in a long line of them for Brzustewicz this season.
Selected in the third round by the Vancouver Canucks in 2023, Brzustewicz’s rights moved to the Flames via the Elias Lindholm trade. He signed an entry-level contract with the Flames in March. He ended up posting 13 goals and 79 assists for 92 points over 67 games during the 2023-24 season.
To summarize Brzustewicz’s 2023-24 honours:
  • Awarded the Rangers’ Jim Malleck Trophy (as team MVP)
  • Awarded the Rangers’ Bob Schlieman Award (as best offensive defenceman)
  • Awarded the Rangers’ Blueline Club Award (as the player best embodying sportsmanship)
  • Second among all OHL defencemen in points
  • Led all OHL skaters in assists
  • OHL second all-star team
  • CHL second all-star team
  • Awarded the OHL’s Ted Baker Teammate of the Year Award
All-in-all, not a bad season for Brzustewicz. He’ll likely move onto the professional ranks in 2024-25, as he plays the first year of his entry-level deal with the Flames – probably with the American Hockey League’s Calgary Wranglers.
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