Welcome to the history books.
After breaking Connor McDavid's record for points at the 2022 OHL Cup, Mississauga Senators forward Michael Misa is expected to be granted exceptional status to play in the Ontario Hockey League in 2022-23.
Sportsnet's Jeff Marek was the first to report.
Misa, 15, was one of the driving forces of a Senators team that was nearly unstoppable over the team's run. From minor atom until bantam, the team boasted a 305-33-20 record. In the last year before the pandemic, the Sens had a 56-1-1 record. This season, the Senators were nearly unstoppable during the regular season, but fell flat in the finals of a few tournaments and had an early exit from the playoffs before bouncing back for the biggest prize of all.
"Mikey's speed is just phenomenal," said Malcolm Spence, one of the players projected to fight for the first overall spot at the OHL draft. "He's so deceptive and he knows how to move at full speed and still make plays happen. He's the best."
Only five players in OHL history have been granted exceptional status: John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad, McDavid, Sean Day and, most recently in 2019 Shane Wright. The QMJHL (Joe Veleno) and WHL (Connor Bedard) have only had one each.