— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) May 9, 2022
Why T.J. Tynan deserved the MVP award:
T.J. Tynan’s stat line: 62 games, 14 goals, 84 assists, 98 points, +12 rating, 1.58 PPG
Tynan’s first season in Ontario was a successful one. After leaving the Colorado Eagles last summer, Tynan joined the Ontario Reign as a free agent. He was brought in for his veteran leadership, playmaking abilities and to add offense to a loaded Ontario Reign team.
The Orland Park, IL native beat Andrew Poturalski for the AHL MVP award for the second straight season. It was a very close race, but Tynan took home the honors again.
In winning the award, the 30-year-old Tynan becomes the first player to win the AHL MVP award as a member of the Ontario Reign since the franchise relocated to Ontario in 2015 and the second player to win the award in Manchester/Monarchs/Ontario Reign history (Brian O’Neill won it in the 2014-15 season).
As the season drew to a close, Tynan was flirting with breaking George “Red” Sullivan’s record for assists in a season (89).
Ultimately, he finished the season with 84 assists. His 1.58 points-per-game was the highest for a player in an AHL season since Darren Haydar’s 1.67 points-per-game in the 2006-07 season.
It’s no secret that T.J. Tynan was a huge part of Ontario’s success this season. The Reign led the AHL with 3.81 goals per game, and a powerplay ranked first in the AHL with a 27.5 percent conversion rate.
Tynan was a huge part of it. He led the league with 46 power-play assists and 49 power-play points on the year as well.
In winning the award, Tynan became the first player since Paul Gardner, in 1984-85, to win the award with two different teams in back-to-back seasons.