Although he attracted media attention in the spring after becoming the third player in Ontario Hockey League history to receive exceptional status, Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid had a coming out party of sorts when he had a terrific performance in Saturday’s Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Cup game at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.
The event was broadcasted on TSN, allowing Canadian audiences a glimpse in the middle of summer of one of the most talked about prospects in recent memory.
Selected as one of the top 42 players in his age group, McDavid excelled against the competition throughout the week and landed on highlight reels with an outstanding penalty shot goal in Team (John) Tavares’ and the shootout winner in a 9-8 win over Team (Taylor) Hall.
McDavid was coached in the camp by Tavares, who was the first player to receive exceptional status into the OHL in 2005. Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad received exceptional status last year and participated in the first Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp in 2011.
Playing a year ahead of his age group with the minor midget Toronto Marlboros last season, McDavid dominated the opposition as he averaged over two points a game. McDavid collected 209 points (79g, 130a) in 88 games. He was Most Valuable Player in three tournaments: Silver Stick North American Championships, Peterborough Minor Midget Tournament, OHL Cup and was the GTHL Player of the Year.