Michael DiPietro (Courtesy Windsor Spitfires)

Windsor Spitfires goaltender Michael DiPietro has been named the Ontario Hockey League Goalie of the Year.

He is the first Spitfire goalie to win this award in its 31-year existence. 

DiPietro, 18, recorded 29 wins, a 2.79 goals against average and .910 save percentage during the 2017-18 season.

His seven shutouts were a single-season franchise record, raising his career total to 15, also a team best.

“It’s a great honour to be recognized with this award,” DiPietro said from Denmark, where he’s competing with Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. “But I owe a great deal of the credit to the people that support me – my mom and dad, my teammates and the entire Spitfires organization.. my coaches from way back, Brian Spearing and Perry Wilson.”

“It’s because of these people and many more that I’ve been able to enjoy success to this point in my hockey life,” he adds.

Head Coach Trevor Letowski says DiPietro earned it the old-fashioned way.

“Mikey is so deserving of this,” said Letowski, who finished third in OHL Coach of the Year voting. “No one works harder or is more dedicated. Even though he doesn’t wear a letter, he’s the leader of our team. He cares about his teammates, his community and doing things the right way. We’re all so proud of him.”

DiPietro will be recognized at the 2018 Ontario Hockey League Awards ceremony June 6 at The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

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