Nico Hischier, of your Halifax Mooseheads, was named the CCM Rookie of the Year at the annual Canadian Hockey League awards ceremony this afternoon.
Each year during the Memorial Cup, the CHL presents the winners of the league’s trophies. I’m sure no one in Moose Country is surprised by the announcement that Hischier was given the trophy for being the best first year player in the nation this season.
From the press release:
2017 NHL Draft prospect Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads led all rookies in scoring with 86 points in 57 games including 38 goals and 48 assists. The 18-year-old from Naters, Switzerland, was chosen sixth overall in the 2016 CHL Import Draft and is listed second in NHL Central Scouting’s final draft rankings. He becomes the second Moosehead to win the award following current Winnipeg Jet Nikolaj Ehlers in 2014, and will challenge for the NHL’s top pick in June where he would follow 2013 first overall pick and Moosehead grad Nathan MacKinnon who currently stars with the Colorado Avalanche. Finalists for the award were Aleksi Heponiemi of the Swift Current Broncos and Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm.
Nico is the second Moosehead to win the award, joining Nikolaj Ehlers who won in 2013-14.
Below is the full list of winners at the CHL Awards:
Sherwin-Williams Top Prospect – Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings
Chrysler Top Scorer – Sam Steel, Regina Pats
BRP Sportsman of the Year – Nick Suzuki, Owen Sound Attack
MasterCard Humanitarian of the Year – Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes
CIBC Scholastic Player of the Year – Sasha Chmelevski, Ottawa 67’s
Sofina Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year – Ryan McGill, Owen Sound Attack
CCM Rookie of the Year – Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads
Vaughn Goaltender of the Year – Michael McNiven, Owen Sound Attack
Superstore Defenceman of the Year – Thomas Chabot, Saint John Sea Dogs
Sportsnet Player of the Year – Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters
Nico Hischier was also nominated for the CHL Top Prospect of the Year award as well.