Peca, Gjurich to be honored

Buffalo Junior Sabres coach Michael Peca and Ontario Junior Hockey League Player of the Year and Junior Sabres leading scorer Tyler Gjurich will be honored by the Ontario Hockey Association on June 7 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Peca, who is also Buffalo’s general manager, was named OHA Coach of the Year after guiding the Junior Sabres to the OJHL’s second-best regular season record. The team set a program record for regular-season wins at the Junior A level with 39. Buffalo bowed out of the playoffs during the second round to North York in six games. Peca also was named OJHL Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year.

Gjurich captured the OHA Junior A-level Player of the Year honors. He led the OJHL in goals (53) and points (97), becoming the first Junior Sabre to top the 50-goal mark since current Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta during the 1996-97 season. Besides being named league MVP, the University of Maine-bound forward received OJHL Rookie of the Year laurels.