On a Kingston Frontenacs team that posted the worst overall record in the Ontario Hockey League over the past two seasons, it was their youngest goalie who had the best numbers of any puck stopper. By far.
As Kingston struggled to a combined record of 33-91-6 over the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 OHL seasons, 2001 birth year goalie Ryan Dugas had an overall mark of 16-21-0.
In an injury-shortened rookie season of 2018-2019, Dugas was 6-3-0 for a Frontenacs team that finished in last place in the 20-team OHL with a record of 14-52-2.
And on a Kingston crew that had a 19-39-4 record in 2019-2020, Dugas came through with a 10-18-0 mark.
Doing the math, with Dugas as the goalie of record over the past two seasons, Kingston went 16-21-0. Without Dugas in net, Kingston had an absolutely awful record of 17-70-6.
A fourth-round pick by Kingston at the 2017 OHL priority selections draft, the 6-foot, 190 pound Dugas has shared the Frontenacs net with three older goalies — Brendan Bonello, Christian Propp and Marshall Frappier — over the past two seasons.
Bonello and Propp both have 1999 birth dates and have exhausted their OHL eligibility while Frappier was born in 2000 and could play as an overage in 2020-2021 after spending the 2019-2020 season with the Saginaw Spirit.
Meanwhile, as Kingston looks to move up in the OHL standings in 2020-2021 under incoming coach Paul McFarland, the Frontenacs have a goalie with the numbers in Dugas, a Hamilton native who has been described as a fierce competitor.