The 21-year-old defenceman ended his tenure with the Blueshirts by taking the community service, most popular player and best defensive ability trophies in the ballroom at Bingemans Monday night.
Fanelli has been a mainstay throughout Waterloo Region with his Head Strong: Fanelli 4 Brain Injury Awareness campaign and other team endeavours. The Oakville native also logged a ton of minutes as half of the club’s top defensive pairing and appeared in 63 games.
Sophomore winger Justin Bailey was named the team’s most valuable player.
The Buffalo Sabres second round draft pick had his season cut short due to an upper body injury but still finished with 25 goals and 18 assists in 54 games, good for second in team scoring.
First-year forward Nick Magyar — who led the club with 46 points — shared the rookie of the year honour with teammate Ryan MacInnis. The pair played the bulk of the season on the Rangers’ most effective line. MacInnis finished the season with 16 goals and 21 assists and is expected to go late in the first round or early in the second round in this year’s NHL draft.
Magyar also received the Jim Reilly Trophy as scoring champion.
Winger Darby Llewellyn double dipped during his breakthrough season, taking the Three-Star Award and most improved player. Llewellyn potted seven goals as a rookie but had 25 this past season.
Veteran Curtis Meighan was the only Ranger to play all 68 games this season and had just 16 penalty minutes in that span. For his efforts, the centre was named most gentlemanly player and grabbed the Jim McGeachie Memorial Trophy for outstanding team effort.
Kitchener native Logan Schmidt was the most improved Kitchener Minor Hockey Association grad while fellow blueliner Max Iafrate was named best offensive defenceman. Iafrate had a career-best eight goals and 22 assists in 57 games.
For comparison, my awards were:
MVP: Curtis Meighan
Top blueliner: Max Iafrate
Most improved: Darby Llewellyn
Top goalie: Jordan DeKort/Matt Greenfield
Top rookie: Nick Magyar