The Toronto Maple Leafs may have stumbled upon a real gem when they drafted Matt Finn in the second round of the 2012 draft. Finn has had an amazing season in the OHL captaining the Guelph Storm to the best record in the OHL and their best regular season in franchise history, a OHL title and now the Memorial Cup.
During the Storms best season in franchise history, the 20 year-old defenceman recorded 61 points and added 14 more during the Storms post season run. For his efforts as captain of the Guelph Storm, Matt Finn was awarded the Ontario Hockey League’s Mickey Renaud Captain’s Award. The award goes to an OHL captain who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with a passion and dedication to the game of hockey and his community.
Finn has been with the Storm since they drafted him in the OHL priority draft four years ago and has captained the team for the last two seasons. When he’s not on the ice training or helping his team win games you can find Finn at minor league hockey practices, visiting kids in the hospital or even making personal trips to a young cancer patient at their house. Matt Finn understands what it means to give back and be a hockey “hero.”
Finn said the difference between this years Guelph Storm and other Storm teams, was the commitment and dedication to the team. Everyone bought into the goal of being great and winning a championship together and not by themselves. As a result Matt Finn is the only player to win any OHL award this season from the Guelph Storm.
Matt Finn had a fantastic senior year in the OHL and it’s not finished quite yet. With the Leafs shopping captain Dion Phaneuf, they may have a suitable replacement in the future in Matt Finn. Expect Finn to be playing for the Toronto Marlies next season waiting to get a call from the Leafs.