Hamilton Pistols C Calvin Frye isn’t fond of talking about himself. “I’m just a kid from Sarnia who can skate pretty good,” he likes to say. “I’m pretty boring, to be honest.” But it’s getting harder and harder for Frye to avoid the spotlight. The 2016 first-round draft pick has blossomed into one of the league’s best players. This season, he led the league in goals with 42. He helped the Pistols become the SHL’s first back-to-back champions. And now, the kid from Sarnia has been named the 2020 SHL Finals MVP.
“So much for keeping it low-key,” said Frye. “I guess I’m famous now.”
When asked, Frye has always insisted that LW Steven Alexander is the true star of the Pistols. But Frye has increasingly become the focal point of Hamilton’s offense. He led the team in Finals goals with 5, and he was second to linemate Claude Lafayette in Finals points with 11.
For his part, Alexander considers Frye a deserving MVP. “That kid has worked his [behind] off to get where he is,” the winger said. “Make no mistake about that, he’s as driven and hard-working as I am. Cal has been critical to our success as a team, and I love sharing a line with him.”
Hamilton coach Keith Shields also raved about Frye’s performance. “In practice and in games, you know you’re going to see Fryer giving it his all out there,” Shields said. “He’s a great mentor to the younger guys, a leader by example, and a total team player. I can’t say enough good things about him.”
Frye helped get the series off on the right foot for the Pistols, scoring twice and adding an assist in Game 1’s 6-3 victory. In Game 2, Frye scored and had assists on the game-winning and insurance goals, as Hamilton came from behind to triumph 5-3. In Game 3, he and Alexander teamed up for a pair of goals in Hamilton’s 3-2 win. And in Game 5, Frye scored the go-ahead tally and assisted on another to help the Pistols clinch the Vandy.
“Alex and Cal are great for each other,” said Lafayette. “Alex is fire and Cal is ice. They balance each other perfectly. They’re a big reason why we’re such a dangerous team.”
In addition to the MVP award, Frye received a year’s supply of coffee and donuts from Tim Hortons and a new Kia Seltos SUV. “I’m not gonna lie, I grew up on Timbits,” said Frye. “So this is a nice nostalgia trip for me. And I can take my sweet new ride to go pick them up!”