Blind River’s Brandon Bazinet named NOJHL’s best defensive forward



Release Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013

Blind River’s Brandon Bazinet named NOJHL’s best defensive forward

SUDBURY — The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Thursday that Brandon Bazinet of the Blind River Beavers has been named the 2012-13 recipient of the Mitch Tetreault Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NOJHL’s top defensive forward.

Not only was the 17-year-old Val Caron, Ont., product pivotal in helping shutdown opposing shooters throughout this, his rookie campaign in the NOJHL, he was also creative doing so through his offensive efforts.

The five-foot-nine-inch, 160-pound forward competed in 46 of his team’s 48 regular season contests averaging nearly a point-per-game with 44 on 13 goals and 31 assists.

Bazinet becomes the third skater from Blind River to earn the award since it was first presented back in 2002-03.

Former Beavers’ forwards Gerritt Weller in 2008-09 and Jeremy Hilliard in 2006-07 were the other pair from Blind River to receive the accolades.

All-time NOJHL top defensive forward award recipients:

Brandon Bazinet                      2012-13   Blind River Beavers
Brad Edwards                            2011-12   North Bay Trappers
Jake Wright                               2010-11   Soo Thunderbirds
Brodie Barron                            2009-10   North Bay Trappers
Gerritt Weller                             2008-09   Blind River Beavers
No Winner                                 2007-08   N/A
Jeremy Hilliard                          2006-07   Blind River Beavers
Ian Wong*                                 2005-06   Abitibi Eskimos
Mike Herbert*                            2005-06   Northern Michigan Black Bears
Josh Merson                             2004-05   North Bay Skyhawks
Ryan McKee                             2003-04   North Bay Skyhawks
Tyler MacKenzie                       2002-03   Rayside Balfour Sabrecats

List courtesy NOJHL Historian David Harrison