The Jim Malleck Memorial Trophy is awarded to the team’s most valuable player. Francesco Pinelli was the Rangers’ first-round pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection and has spent the last four seasons in Kitchener. The Stoney Creek ON, native was named the club’s 57th Captain in 2021 and has shown he makes an impact for the Blueshirts by recording a career-high 90 points this season, including 41 goals and 49 assists, in 60 games. Proving to be dangerous when short-handed, Pinelli led the Ontario Hockey League during the regular season with five short-handed goals and led the league during the 2023 Playoffs with three short-handed goals. Congratulations to this year’s Jim Malleck Memorial Trophy winner, Francesco Pinelli.