Official Statement Regarding The 2018 Rookie of the Year

Official Statement Regarding The 2018 Rookie of the Year
After review of the ballot of the eligible 2017-18 Rookie of the Year candidates, it was determined that Guillame Payen-Bouchard of the Niagara River Lions who was announced as the winner as voted on by the coaches is considered ineligible as he had prior professional experience last season and therefore not considered a rookie.
 
By disqualifying Bouchard's name from the ballot, the 2018 Rookie of the Year honour is awarded to Jaylon Tate of the Niagara River Lions who finished in second place behind the Bouchard in voting.
 
 
"We apologize to all those impacted by the oversight and in particular I wish to extend an personal apology to Guillame Payen-Bouchard and Jaylon Tate.  This was a regrettable error that shouldn't have happened and we will endeavour to ensure that it does not take place again.  I take full responsibility for the mistake made." said deputy commissioner Audley Stephenson.