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March 16, 2016
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The Ontario Junior A Hockey League announced Wednesday that Luc Brown of the Wellington Dukes has been named the 2015-16 recipient of the OJHL Most Improved Player Award.

The OJHL top scorer with 91 points this season, as well as a First Team All-Star, Brown more than doubled both his goal and point output from the 2014-15 season, while recording more points this year than his previous three seasons combined (85). He becomes the first member of the Dukes to win the award since Darcy Murphy in 2011-12.

A four-year member of the Dukes, Brown tallied eight points in 41 games for the club in 2012-13 as a 16-year-old rookie. Over the next two seasons, he improved his offensive production from 12 goals and 33 points in 51 games during 2013-14, to 16 goals and 44 points in 52 games last season.

One of the club's alternate captains this season, Brown's breakout was immediate as he buried a hat trick and five points during the first game of the season, and never looked back.

Along with leading the league in scoring, Brown was also tops with 42 goals and tied for second with 49 assists. He led all scorers with 14 power play goals and 33 power play points for the league's second-best unit with the man advantage (24.64 per cent) and his 11-game-winning goals was tied for the OJHL's highest total since the 2005-06 season.

Brown's incredible campaign saw him record a league-high eight-game goal-scoring streak from Nov. 21-Jan. 6, in which he fired home 14 goals and a 15-game point scoring streak — third-best this season — from Nov. 5-Jan. 10, notching 36 of his 91 points on the season.

The impressive streaks saw Brown capture the OJHL Gongshow Gear North East Conference Player of the Month Award in both November and January.

Earlier in the season, he was named a member of Team OJHL Oates, recording two goals in four games at the 2015 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge in Cornwall. Brown continued this impressive play through into December, earning a spot on Team Canada East for the 2015 World Jr. A Challenge in Cobourg and Whitby where he finished tied for second in scoring on the team with five points in five games.

Brown is committed to join the Division 1 Union College Dutchmen in Schenectady, N.Y., beginning with the 2016-17 ECAC season.

The OJHL Most Improved Player Award is awarded annually to the player adjudged to have shown the greatest improvement in his on-ice performance from the previous OJHL regular season(s).

NEED TO KNOW: Ryan DaSilva of the Stouffville Spirit was runner-up in balloting.

(Courtesy OJHL)

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