2010-11 was simply a great year for Ontario Hockey League grad Kevin Young. The former Brampton Battalion was honoured as the top defenseman in the Netherlands, contributing 65 points in 40 games. Late in the season, he joined the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs of the Central Hockey League and helped them win the Presidents Cup as playoff champions.
Kevin Young played one season in the Ontario Hockey League, 2002-03, after four years in the Western Hockey League. Young played 47 regular season games with the Battalion and contributed 43 points, earning him a nomination for the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s top defenseman.
The following season, as a member of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, Young was selected as the CIS rookie of the year and honoured with the Clare Drake Award. He was also a CIS First Team All-Star. He posted 29 points in 28 games from the blue line for UNB. He would play one more season with UNB before heading to Europe.
In his first season in Europe, 2005-06, Kevin was a big factor in the Nijmegen Devils winning the Dutch championship. Once again, Young contributed at more than a point per game pace throughout the regular season and playoffs.
He would go on to play a year in Great Britain’s EIHL and three in Germany’s 2.Bundesliga before returned to the Netherlands this past season with Eindhoven Kemphanen. As mentioned above, his 17 goals and 48 assists for 65 points in just 40 games earned him the league’s best defenseman award. In 2008-09, another OHL grad, Duncan Dalmao won the same award. Dalmao played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1995-96 to 1997-98 with the London Knights and Peterborough Petes.
Young’s 65 points was good enough for 10th position in the league. In high scoring Netherlands, there were two players with more than 100 points in 2010-11. American Phil Aucoin had 125 in just 44 games and Canadian T.J. Caig had 108 in 41 games.