NORTH YORK, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Gavin Rocha #13 of the Markham Royals skates with the puck during the second period at the Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Centre on September 10, 2023 in Ontario, Canada (Photo by Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images)

FROM THE OJHL – Photo by Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images

January 5, 2024, Mississauga, Ontario – The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) announced today that Gavin Rocha of the Markham Royals has been named the Warrior East Conference Player-of-the-Month for December after he tallied 21 points during nine games – including 17 assists.

In his first season with the Royals, Rocha has amassed 57 points (13 goals / 44 assists) during 36 regular season games. The Bradford resident skated for Blind River in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League last season. The 18-year-old played minor hockey for the York-Simcoe Express and Newmarket Renegades organizations.

Rocha will represent the Royals in the 2024 OJHL All-Star Game in Collingwood on Jan. 13.

Ryan Forberg, Rocha’s linemate, was runner-up to Rocha in voting for the East Conference Player-of-the-Month. The Thornhil native had 10 goals and nine assists in nine games during December. Forberg leads the OJHL scoring race with 66 points (29 goals/37 assists). September’s East Conference Player of the Month will also play in the All-Star Game in Collingwood.


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About the OJHL – “League of Choice”

The Ontario Junior Hockey League is the largest Junior ‘A’ league operating under the auspices of the Canadian Junior Hockey League with 24 member clubs. A proud member of the CJHL and Ontario Hockey Association, the OJHL was originally named the Ontario Provincial Junior ‘A’ Hockey League and it was formed out of the Central Junior ‘B’ Hockey League in 1993-94. With a long and storied history of developing players for the next level, including U SPORTS, the NCAA, CHL, minor pro ranks and the NHL, the OJHL has more than 40 NCAA Division 1 commitments already this season.