Erie’s Knoblauch Named Coach Of The Year

Kris Knoblauch of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images.

Erie’s Kris Knoblauch was named the OHL’s Coach of the Year after leading the Otters to a 52-12-1-0, good for first overall in the OHL.

With Knoblauch behind the bench the Otters are the first team in league history have record three consecutive 50 win seasons.

He’s won 98 more games than he’s lost since joining Erie midway through the 2012-2013 campaign, with a record of 166-68-7-4.

Windsor’s Rocky Thompson was the runner up behind Knoblauch, with Kitchener’s Mike Van Ryn finishing in third.

Here’s how the voting process works:

In a first round of balloting, teams vote for the top coaches, within their own conference. The top three nominees from both the Eastern and Western conferences are declared finalists. A second round of voting is then conducted on a league wide basis where teams vote for any of the six finalists. At no time during the voting can a team vote for their own candidate. Coaches receive five points for a first place vote, three points for a second place vote and one point for a third place vote.


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