Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to formally recognize Windsor Spitfires forward Matthew Maggio with the OHL Top Scorer Award presented by Kubota Canada. Maggio claims the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy with a league-leading 111 points, including an OHL-high 54 goals over 66 games for the West Division champion Spitfires.
A 20-year-old from Tecumseh, Ont., Maggio follows former teammate Wyatt Johnston as the OHL’s regular season scoring champion, making the Spitfires the first team to produce back-to-back winners since the Erie Otters had Connor Brown (2014) and Dylan Strome (2015) lead the league.
“It’s an honour to win the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy,” said Maggio. “I am humbled to be in the same conversation as some of the previous winners and know that none of this would have been possible without the help of my teammates, the support staff in Windsor, my family and friends, and the fan support our team received all year.”
A fifth-round pick of the New York Islanders last summer, Maggio’s 111 points were 35 more than the next-highest scorer on his team. He was a plus-41 performer, scoring just four of his 54 goals on the power play to become one of four players in the past decade to score at least 45 even strength goals in a season.
“Matt had an unbelievable season and never took any nights off,” said Spitfires head coach Marc Savard, a two-time winner of the award. “When he’s your hardest worker night in and night out it generally pays off. All results he got were earned. I’m very proud to see him join the list of Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy winners.”
Maggio tied a Spitfires single game franchise record with his five goals on Dec. 15th in a 6-3 win over the Erie Otters, joining Daniel D’Amico, Paul Gagne and Gerry Leroux as the fourth Spitfire to accomplish the feat. He follows Wyatt Johnston in becoming the fourth player in modern Spitfires franchise history to claim the honour. Other recipients have included Taylor Hall (2009-10) and Peter Sarno (1997-98) while Earl Reibel (1949-50) and Bert Giesebrecht (1948-49) also have their names etched on the trophy.
The overage Maggio wraps-up his OHL regular season career with 99 goals, 118 assists and 217 points over 212 contests spent between Windsor and the Ottawa 67’s, who selected him in the fifth round (86th overall) of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. Maggio recorded 17 points (7-10–17) in 25 games last spring as the Spits won a Western Conference title and reached Game 7 of the OHL Championship Series.
The Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy was donated by the Toronto Marlboro Athletic Club in memory of Eddie Powers and was first awarded in 1945-46 to Tod Sloan of St. Michael’s who scored 79 points in 25 games. In addition to Wyatt Johnston, other recent recipients have included Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s in 2019-20, high-scoring present-day Dallas Stars winger Jason Robertson of the Niagara IceDogs in 2018-19, along with former Spitfire Aaron Luchuk, who claimed the honour as a member of the Barrie Colts in 2017-18.
The Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy winner is the OHL’s nominee for Canadian Hockey League Top Scorer Award, presented at the CHL Awards Ceremony on Saturday June 3 during the 2023 Memorial Cup presented by Kia which takes place in Kamloops, British Columbia. Maggio will be formally presented with the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy at the OHL’s Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 14 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
For an extensive history of OHL award winners, visit ontariohockeyleague.com.
About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.