Tilbury native and London Knights goalie on a mission in the OHL

Photo of Brett Brochu by Terry Wilson / OHL Iimages.

A Tilbury hockey player tore it up in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) again last month to add another honour to his long list of accomplishments.

London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu was named the league’s top goalie for October.

The 19-year-old Brochu led all OHL netminders with a 2.07 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage, and an undefeated 8-0-0-0 record last month. He also stopped 11 of 12 shootout attempts.

Brochu had three different first star performances against the Owen Sound Attack including an October 8 opening night 3-2 shootout victory that included 28 saves and four shootout saves. He was also sharp against the Attack on October 22 making 36 saves in a 2-1 win on home ice. Brochu helped defeat Owen Sound for a fourth time during the month on October 27, stopping 32 shots in a 4-1 road win.

It’s Brochu’s third straight time winning the OHL Goaltender of the Month honour, dating back to January and February of 2020 prior to the season being halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The OHL said Brochu has won 17 consecutive regular season games dating back to February 14, 2020, which is part of a stretch in which he’s won 30 of 31 games since December 29, 2019.

The 6-foot, 176 pound Brochu was a member of the OHL’s first all-rookie team during the 2019-20 season, leading the league with a 2.40 goals-against average and won the F.W. Dinty Moore Trophy awarded to the first-year goaltender with the best goals against average during the regular season. His 32 wins that season set a new OHL record for a 16 or 17-year-old first year goaltender. The former 114th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2018 OHL Draft made his professional debut with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2020-21, appearing in one game on May 16, 2021.