Halifax Mooseheads star Nico Hischier was awarded the CCM Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year Award on Saturday during the Mastercard Memorial Cup Festivities in Windsor, Ontario.
Hischier becomes the second Mooseheads player in four years (Nikolaj Ehlers 2013-14) to win the prestigious honour which has also been handed to NHL superstars like Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and John Tavares. Hischier put up big numbers in Halifax during the regular season by scoring 38 goals and 48 assists for 86 points in only 57 games played. He made the hockey world take notice when he almost single-handedly led Switzerland over the United States in the World Junior Hockey Championship. Hischier had two goals and was inches away from a hat trick as his country fell 3-2 to the eventual tournament champions. The Naters, Switzerland native finished the World Juniors with four goals and three assists. Hischier previously won the QMJHL Rookie of the Year Award along with the league’s Top Professional Prospect Trophy.
The Mooseheads top line center is now preparing for June’s NHL Entry Draft in Chicago where he is the second ranked prospect and has the chance to become the second Mooseheads player to be taken first overall in four years after the Colorado Avalanche selected Nathan MacKinnon with the first pick in the 2013 draft. Congratulations to Nico Hischier on a well deserved honour from the Canadian Hockey League.