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11 Inducted Into Howell Motors Hockey Hall of Fame



LOCKPORT, NY — Eleven new members were recently inducted into the Howell Motors Hockey Hall of Fame. The new inductees were inducted at ceremonies held at the Cornerstone Arena in Lockport.

The newest members included Contributors: Joe Dockery,  Mr. and Mrs. James Geier and the Union Sun & Journal Sports Department; Coaches Jim Hildreth and Doug Puff; Players Len DeFazio, Ken French, Michael Marotta, Rich LaTona, Tim Mulvey and Madison Sansone.

Three-time Sled Hockey Paralympian gold medalist Adam Page was the guest speaker. Veteran hockey writer Randy Schultz was the Master of Ceremonies.

Dockery didn’t know much about hockey early in his life. But as he learned the game he moved up the ladder, eventually becoming the youth hockey chairman of the Lockport Amateur Hockey Association.

The Geier’s were involved in Kenan Center hockey for many years, with Jim serving in the coaching ranks and Linda appointed Kenan Arena Director in the mid-1980s. She served in that capacity until her retirement in 2000.

The US&J sports department has covered hockey in the Lockport area since the early 1960s. The work of John Hoy, Craig Connell and John D’Onofrio has kept hockey in front of the public for over half a century. Alex Chiara accepted the award on behalf of the US&J.

Hildreth enjoyed success with all of the teams he coached. He is especially remembered for his final coaching stint with the Lockport High School Club Hockey team.

Coaching hockey became a large part of Puff’s life. He credits his success to the cooperation, understanding and patience of his wife, Karen, and two faithful and valuable assistant coaches including Jim Geier and All Kramp.

DeFazio played hockey for many years including his years spent playing for Lockport High School. He was part of the 1982 and 1983 New York State Championship teams and was selected for the Western New York All-Star Team in 1983.

French was also a member of the Lions NYS Championship Teams of ’82 and ’83. He was also named All-Western New York in 1983.

Marotta co-captained the Lockport HS team in 1988 that finished the season unbeaten at 39-0-1. He scored 22 points in a five-game run in the New York State tournament that year.

LaTona played on the 2006 Lockport HS team that qualified for the WNY High School Club Hockey Sectionals and with a win over Hutch Tech, advanced to the semi-finals and qualified for the State Championships.

Mulvey didn’t begin playing organized hockey until he was 12. But he made the most of it in a short time, playing for teams in the Kenan House League as well as Club Hockey for Lockport High School.

Sansone is the first female player selected for the Hall of Fame. She excelled at hockey throughout her life including the four seasons she spent at Providence College. There Sansone was a two-time Captain’s Award recipient, named Hockey East Player of the Week, Hockey East Top Performer, and received the All-American Scholar award.

The Honorable Judge William “Bill” Watson accepted the award on Sansone’s behalf because of a prior work commitment she had.

Sabres Sign Player to Entry-Level Deal



BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres announced the team has signed forward ArttuRuotsalainen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

In his second full Liiga season in 2018-19, Ruotsalainen (5’8”, 179 lbs., 10/29/1997) led Ilves and ranked ninth in the league with 21 goals, adding 21 assists to total a team-high 42 points. He led all Liiga forwards in average ice time (21:05) and faceoffs (1,216) in his 59 regular-season games, posting a faceoff percentage of 54.9%. In seven playoff games in 2019, Ruotsalainen recorded seven points (2+5) and a plus-6 rating. Through parts of four Liiga seasons, he has totaled 73 points (36+37) in 204 regular-season games.

A native of Oulu, Finland, Ruotsalainen won a silver medal with Team Finland at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championship and represented his country at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. He made his debut with the Finnish national team during the 2018-19 season, joining the team for several games during the Euro Hockey Tour.

Buffalo, NY Native Cleary Named To All-Rookie Team


Cleary named to NEWHL All-Rookie Team

POTSDAM, N.Y.—SUNY Potsdam women’s hockey player Ellie Cleary (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Bisons) has been named to the Northeastern Women’s Hockey League’s All-Rookie Team.

Cleary had a strong debut campaign for Potsdam. The forward played in 22 games and led all Bears freshman with four goals and three assists for seven points. Cleary registered two game-winners and two power-play goals.

In 2018-19, Potsdam posted a 9-14-3 overall record and claimed second place in the NEWHL with a 6-8-2 conference mark. As the two seed in the playoffs, the Bears hosted the first home playoff game in program history.

USA Para Hockey Wins Gold In OT

Pauls Josh of USA, Dodson Travis of USA, Gooley Colin of USA and Mcdermott Luke of USA - World para ice hockey championship match between USA and Norway in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 30 April 2019.

U.S. Claims 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship With Overtime Win
Roybal scores 5:08 into extra frame to give Team USA a 3-2 win over Canada
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) scored 5:08 into overtime to lead the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team to the gold medal at the 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship with a 3-2 overtime win over Canada.”There’s no better way to end the season than as world champions,” said David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), head coach of the 2018-19 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Whatever adversity came our way, we dealt with it and, most importantly, we did it together as a team. This is a win these players and staff will remember forever and I couldn’t be prouder of this group.”With the win, the United States finishes the season with an overall record of 10-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L). The medal gives the U.S. its eighth consecutive medal in the world championship as Team USA has now collected four gold medals (2019, 2015, 2012, 2009), three silver medals (2017, 2013, 2004) and one bronze medal (2008) in tournament play.The gold-medal win will be broadcast on tape-delay on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. ET. For the complete game recap, click here.2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship 
Team USA Schedule – April 26-May 4 – Ostrava, Czech RepublicDateOpponent & RoundResultU.S. BroadcastSat., April 27Canada
Preliminary RoundW, 3-1Olympic ChannelSun., April 28South Korea
Preliminary RoundW, 4-0Olympic ChannelTues., April 30Norway
Preliminary RoundW, 10-0Olympic ChannelFri., May 3Czech Republic
SemifinalW, 10-2Olympic ChannelSat., May 4Canada
Gold-Medal GameOTW, 3-2Olympic Channel (Live)
NBCSN (5:30 p.m. ET) NOTES: Declan Farmer was named the U.S. Player of the Game and, shortly thereafter, also tabbed Best Forward of the Tournament, as selected by the Directorate … The U.S. outshot Canada, 22-10, went 0-for-1 on the powerplay and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill. For complete stats, click here … Labatt USA and Toyota are proud sponsors of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … The U.S. has now skated in eight straight world championship gold-medal games (4-3, W-L) … All-time, the U.S. has now captured eight medals in 10 world championships, including three gold medals (2019, 2015, 2012, 2009), three silver medals (2017, 2013, 2004) and one bronze medal (2008) … For complete coverage of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, click here.

Syracuse U Grad Named To USA Hockey Position

Jennifer Greene Named Communications Coordinator for USA Hockey
Greene will begin her duties on May 7
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jennifer Greene has been named communications coordinator at USA Hockey it was announced. She will serve as the lead communications contact for USA Hockey’s national sled hockey programs, coaching education program and U.S. select teams while also supporting communications efforts in youth hockey.Greene joins USA Hockey after spending the last two years as a social media coordinator for NBC Sports, where she managed the flagship NBC Sports social media accounts. During her tenure, Greene provided live event coverage for Sunday Night Football, the NHL, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Notre Dame football and various other properties.Greene served two years in the University of Connecticut sports information office where she led day-to-day media relations for seven of the university’s Division I athletic programs. Greene joined Connecticut after spending one season with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch public relations department.A graduate of Syracuse University, Greene earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications.Greene will officially begin her duties on May 7.

NWHL Responds To Players



To the players, fans and supporters of the NWHL and women’s hockey,

NWHL leadership respects the wishes of all players to consider their options, and they know we are always available to meet, to participate in open communication addressing their concerns and exchanging ideas, and to collaborate with the players on one league.

In the meantime, our plans continue for Season 5 of the NWHL to begin in October. After a series of highly constructive and positive discussions with the NWHL Players’ Association over the last month, we are offering increased salaries and a 50-50 revenue spilt from league-level sponsorships and media rights deals. Coming off an incredible 2018-19, we are confident another fantastic season is ahead.

After the CWHL announced it was ceasing operations, the NWHL immediately went to work and embraced the opportunity to build the one league for North America that many people, including the national team players, said they desired. We raised significant investments and met with top brands wanting to support one thriving league featuring the best of the best from around the world.

Of everyone working in women’s hockey, we are among the players’ biggest fans. In 2015, there wasn’t a professional women’s hockey league in the United States. Prior to our launch just four years ago, there was never a movement for others to take over women’s hockey, or for any wide-scale league in North America. In a challenging climate for women’s sports, our leadership has been proud to invest a great deal of time and resources in women’s hockey and these athletes. We believe in them.

We want to thank the fans for their passionate support of the NWHL. Last season, you sold out 16 games, made the Minnesota Whitecaps an historic success as our first expansion team, were a part of a record crowd for our All-Star Game in Nashville, purchased a record number of your favorite players’ jerseys and shirseys, and more of you watched our games on Twitter than ever before. Sponsors, partners and supporters took notice.

Thanks to you, the NWHL’s efforts to advance the sport, build the value of women’s hockey players, and show future generations that they can See It, Dream It and Be It will continue for many years to come. We are excited about the future, and we welcome everyone who wants to join us.

Dani Rylan, Founder and Commissioner           Hayley Moore, Deputy Commissioner

Lee Heffernan, Board Member, Investor                        Joel Leonoff, Investor

Neil Leibman, Board Member, Investor              Scott McCormack, Board Member, Investor

First Stony Brook Alum And Kings Park Native Dresses For An NHL Game


Congrats to Todd Scarola on becoming the first Seawolves Hockey alumni to dress in the NHL! Dressed with the Carolina Hurricanes for NHL Stanley Cup playoff game.

Stony Brook’s Coscia Signs Pro Hockey Contract


Coscia signs with Evansville Thunderbolts

Former Seawolves defenseman Frank Coscia has signed a professional tryout contract with the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The deal added Coscia to the roster for the remainder of the Thunderbolts’ season.

Coscia, who won an ESCHL championship with the Seawolves in 2016, finished his Stony Brook Hockey career with 103 points. Coscia led all Seawolves defensemen in goal scoring in three of his four seasons, lighting the lamp 55 times over a span of 130 career games.

Buffalo State Names David Dee Head Women’s Hockey Coach


BUFFALO, N.Y.—Buffalo State director of athletics Jerry Boyes announced the formal hiring of former assistant Dave Dee as the Bengals head women’s ice hockey coach.

Dee, who served as the Bengals assistant coach and recruiting coordinator this past season, also previously served as an assistant coach with the men’s program from 1997 through 2005.

Dee has been active in the Buffalo Saints Youth Hockey organization for many years, where he was instrumental in the creation of the organization’s girls’ program. He was the hockey director from 2012 to 2017 and has served as the vice president of the organization since 2015. With the Saints, he coached girls’ teams to back-to-back New York State Tournament appearances, including a berth in the final four in 2016.

Dee competed as a goalie for North Country Community College and the University of Wisconsin-Superior where he completed his bachelor’s degree.

He also worked for nearly 30 years as a television sports producer/director.

Cornell & BU To Play at MSG


Cornell, Boston University Men’s Hockey Announce Return Of Red Hot Hockey in November

NEW YORK – Red Hot Hockey, one of the NCAA’s premier hockey events between long-time rivals Boston University and Cornell, returns for a seventh edition to Madison Square Garden this Thanksgiving weekend, Boston University Director of Athletics Drew Marrochello and Cornell University’s Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education Andy Noel announced.

Red Hot Hockey has taken place in front of sell-out crowds on four occasions and the biennial tilt for the Kelley-Harkness Cup has become the premier alumni event for the schools’ hockey-crazed fan bases. The puck drops on the 2019 installment at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.

Tickets for Red Hot Hockey are on sale now. Tickets in the Cornell sections for Red Hot Hockey will be available through bigredtix.com or in-person at the Cornell Athletic Ticketing Office in Bartels Hall. A limited number of specially priced student tickets are available now online or in-person.

“We’re excited to renew one of the most storied rivalries in college hockey this November against Boston University,” Noel said. “This is a game alumni from all corners of the country circle on their calendar. ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’, Madison Square Garden, is a fitting stage for our determined coaches and student-athletes.”

The inaugural Red Hot Hockey event, staged in front of 18,200 passionate students, alumni, parents and fans, was a resounding success. Held on November 24, 2007, it featured members of the 1980 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic hockey team Mike Eruzione, Jack O’Callahan and David Silk from Boston University, as well as NHL Hall of Famer and Cornell alum, Joe Nieuwendyk.

Cornell won its first Kelley-Harkness Cup in the last edition of Red Hot Hockey, getting the game-winning goal from Tristan Mullin before staving off a late BU rally for a 4-3 victory on November 25, 2017. BU was undefeated at Red Hot Hockey before that – winning in 2007, 2011 and 2013 while skating to ties with the Big Red in 2009 and 2015. The Kelley-Harkness Cup, which honors legendary coaches Jack Kelley (BU) and Ned Harkness (Cornell), was first introduced six years ago.

“Spending Thanksgiving weekend with Terrier Nation in New York City with the Kelley-Harkness Cup on the line has truly become a great tradition,” Marrochello said. “We’re proud to once again showcase one of college hockey’s best rivalries with our friends at Madison Square Garden.”

The BU-Cornell rivalry began on Jan. 10, 1925, with a 7-2 victory by the Terriers, and includes two match-ups in the NCAA title game (1967, 1972). However, the schools met only sporadically since BU left the ECAC to join Hockey East in 1984-85 before the initial Red Hot Hockey event. Madison Square Garden, home to the NHL’s Rangers and NBA’s Knicks, will once again serve as the venue to showcase the next chapter in this storied rivalry.

“Red Hot Hockey has become one of the great nights on the Madison Square Garden calendar and we are excited for the return of Boston University and Cornell University on November 30th,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Marquee Events. “This tremendous college hockey rivalry is regularly sold out, and we’re looking forward to another great crowd at ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’.”

Both schools are perennial college hockey powerhouses. Boston University has won the national championship five times (1971, 1972, 1978, 1995 and 2009), while Cornell has claimed the title twice (1967, 1970). Combined, the two schools have produced more than 100 NHL players, including the likes of former Rangers captain Chris Drury, Keith Tkachuk and Kevin Shattenkirk (BU), as well as Douglas Murray, Ken Dryden and Joe Nieuwendyk (Cornell).

“For our players to have the opportunity to represent the university and play in front of such a supportive alumni base is one of the most prideful moments that I have as a head coach,” Cornell head coach and alumnus Mike Schafer said. “It’s one of college hockey’s premier events, and it has really reignited our rivalry with BU.”

“Our guys are already looking forward to this year’s Red Hot Hockey game,” said BU head coach Albie O’Connell. “It’s a special night for both schools and we’re thankful to have this opportunity once again.”

RPI Men’s Hockey End of The Season Awards


TROY, N.Y. –  The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s hockey team has announced its year-end awards for the 2018-19 season and six student-athletes have been recognized, including the team’s Most Valuable Player, Owen Savory.

Savory, a freshman goaltender from Cambridge, Ont., also garnered Most Improved Player and Freshman of the Year honors. Juniors Jacob Hayhurst and Will Reilly were tabbed Top Forward and Top Defensemen, respectively, while Hayhurst and senior captain Tommy Grant earned Best Offensive Player and Best Defensive Player. Grant was this year’s Eric James ’99 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while junior Chase Zieky was presented with the Ben Mayo Most Inspirational Player Award and senior Brady Wiffen collected the Community Service Award.

Earning ECAC Hockey Rookie Team honors, Savory played in 25 games this season, including 23 as a starter. He posted a 5-15-3 overall record, with a 2.46 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. Stopping 739 shots in 1438:00 minutes, he had one shutout – a 43-save performance against then-No. 18 Union College in the Mayor’s Cup on January 29.

In 16 ECAC Hockey appearances, including 15 starts, Savory went 3-10-2 with a 2.56 goals against average and a .920 save percentage, stopping 459 shots in 937:50 minutes. For the year, the former St. Catharines Falcons standout made 30 or more saves 13 times and 40-plus four times.

A junior forward from Mississauga, Ont., Hayhurst played in 29 games for the Engineers this season, scoring three goals with a team-high 20 assists for 23 points. The team leader in assists per game (0.69) and points per game (0.79), he had one tally on the power play and one game-winner. In the faceoff circle, he won 51.9% of his draws, while blocking 18 shots at the defensive end.

Reilly, a junior defenseman out of Toronto, Ont., played in 33 games for RPI in 2018-19, finishing third on the team with 18 points on five goals and 13 assists. Scoring one power play goal, he notched team-highs in power play assists (5) and points (6). Also the team-leader in shots (77) and shots per game (2.33), he was second in plus/minus at -1. He recorded 31 blocked shots and took eight minor penalties for 16 minutes.

A senior defenseman from Sparta, N.J., Grant played in all 36 games and often matched up against the top forward grouping from the opposing team. He registered a team-best 42 blocked shots and took 10 penalties for 20 minutes. Offensively, he had five assists for five points. He compiled a 3.90 GPA in the fall and will be graduating with a degree in Business and Management.

The Ben Mayo Most Inspirational Player Award was presented to junior Chase Zieky, who finished fifth on the team in scoring, despite missing the first half of the season due to transfer eligibility rules. He played in 21 games, scoring eight goals, with six assists for 14 points. A native of Avon, Conn., he scored a team-high three power play goals, with one game-winner. Compiling a team-high shooting percentage at 19.5%, he blocked 11 shots at the defensive end.

Wiffen, a senior forward from St. Mary’s, Ont., was nominated for the 2018-19 ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award after posting a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall semester, after a 3.66 last spring. Cumulative, the Business & Management major has a 3.22 GPA, having earned multiple Dean’s List honors. On the ice, he played in 35 of the team’s 36 games, scoring a team-high eight goals to go along with five assists for 13 points. The team-leader in goals per game (0.23), he was second in shooting percentage (15.1) and fourth in shots (53).

The Engineers went 10-23-3 overall last season, with a 7-13-2 mark in ECAC Hockey play. They swept the season series with area-rival Union College.

Niagara U. Men’s Hockey Names Captain


Delmas Named Captain For 2019-20 Season

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – Niagara University hockey head coach Jason Lammers announced on that senior defenseman Noah Delmas has been named the team’s captain for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

“We are confident in Noah Delmas because has set the expectations of our team high as we continue to grow men through hockey,” said Lammers. “Noah embodies our mission as a person, student and player. His own personal growth has been impressive and now he has the honor to lead others by putting ‘we’ ahead of ‘me.’”

Delmas, who served as one of three alternate captains in 2018-19, is coming off a stellar junior season that saw him compete in each of the team’s 41 games. He finished fourth among all defensemen in the nation in terms of both goals (15) and points (40) while pacing the Purple Eagles with 25 assists. Over the course of the year, Delmas earned two Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week awards and was tabbed as the AHA Player of the Month for November. At season’s end, his play earned him a spot on the All-Conference Third Team.

“I am deeply honoured and filled with great pride to be chosen to lead this team of amazing players,” Delmas said. “I am committed to doing what I can on and off the ice in order to make sure we have a successful year.”

Delmas will be the 28th skater to wear the “C” for the Purple Eagles since the team reached varsity status is 1996-97. The Schomberg, Ont., native will also be the 14th defenseman to earn the designation of captain, and the first since Keegan Harper (’18) did so for both his junior and senior seasons.

“Noah is a passionate hockey player who supports his teammates and keeps them accountable,” Lammers added. “He will be a tremendous asset to our team moving forward as the next captain of the Niagara University Purple Eagles.”

Lammers noted that alternate captains will be announced prior to the start of the season.

RIT Men’s Hockey Award Winners


ROCHESTER, NY – The RIT men’s hockey program announced its award winners at its annual end of the year banquet to close out the 2018-19 season from the Gene Polisseni Center on Saturday, April 20. Erik Brown (Keene, Ontario/Kemptville 73’s) won three team awards, while Abbott Girduckis (Belleville, Ontario/Wellington Dukes) and Adam Brubacher (Elmira, Ontario/Powell River Kings) each received two awards.

Brown won the Greg Moss Hard Hat Award and Dan and Laurie Barrows Award. He also was co-winner of the Louis Spiotti Coaches Award. Brown, a 2018 All-Atlantic Hockey first team selection and 2019 third team pick, led RIT with 18 goals this season and added 11 assists for 29 points. On. Jan. 11, Brown became the 11th player in RIT’s Division I history to reach 100 points in his career in a win over American International. He also tallied a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Colgate on Oct. 20. He was also a 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American.

Brown, who set a Division I team single-season mark with 29 goals last year, finished his four-year career with 70 goals, which is RIT’s Division I school record. He is seventh in RIT’s Division I era with 115 career points on 70 goals and 45 assists in 148 games. Brown finished second all-time in the Division I era with 26 power-play goals and 11 game-winning markers.

Girduckis shared the Louis Spiotti Coaches Award with Brown and was named the Art Thomas Award winner for outstanding leadership. Girduckis, a 2019 All-Atlantic Hockey second team selection, led RIT in scoring in 2018-19 with career-best totals of 11 goals, 25 assists and 36 points in 38 games. Girduckis recorded 10 multiple-point games in 2018-19, including a career-best four assists in a 6-1 win over Colgate at Blue Cross Arena as part of RIT’s Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend on Oct. 20. In four seasons, Girduckis recorded 93 career points on 30 goals and 63 assists in 146 games, while taking just 20 minutes in penalties.

Brubacher earned the Tim Cordick Award as RIT’s top defenseman and won the Green B. Williams Award for Academic Excellence. Brubacher, the 2017 AHA Rookie of the Year, recorded a career-best total of 31 points on seven goals and 24 assists, while appearing in all 38 games this season. He recorded eight multiple-point games, including three different three-point outings. Brubacher is now fourth all-time among all RIT defenseman in career scoring at the Division I level with 78 points on 22 goals and 56 assists in 112 games. He also excels in the classroom with a 4.0 grade-point average as a business marketing major.

Freshman Will Calverley (Scarborough, Ontario/Chilliwack Chiefs) was honored as the Craig Lauzon Award winner as RIT’s Rookie of the Year. Calverley led all RIT first-year players in scoring with 16 points on seven goals and nine assists, while appearing in 37 games.

The Dr. Albert J. Simone Distinguished Service Award is given annually to a member of the RIT hockey community who makes a positive impact on the program. This year, the award went to Rocky Perrotta. Perrotta has served as public address announcer for the Tigers since RIT moved to Division I in 2005.

RIT, the 2010, 2015, and 2016 Atlantic Hockey Champions, finished the 2018-19 season with 17 wins and advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Semifinals.

Barre-Boulet Wins AHL’s Outstanding Rookie Award


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The American Hockey League announced that Syracuse Crunch forward Alex Barre-Boulet has been voted the winner of the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie for the 2018-19 season.

The award is voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 31 cities.

Barre-Boulet scored the game-winning goal in his pro debut on Oct. 6 and went on to be the top-scoring rookie in the AHL during the regular season with 68 points in 74 games for the Crunch, also good for sixth in the league’s overall scoring race. He earned a share of the Willie Marshall Award as the league co-leader with 34 goals, and also tied for first with 17 power-play goals and shared first among rookies with six game-winners. Barre-Boulet had a 12-game scoring streak from Nov. 11 to Dec. 12 that matched the longest in the league in 2018-19, one of six stretches he had of recording a point in at least four games in a row.

A 21-year-old native of Montmagny, Que., Barre-Boulet signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Mar. 1, 2018, following a junior career in which he was selected as the Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Year and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s MVP in 2017-18. Barre-Boulet spent four seasons in the QMJHL with Drummondville and Blainville-Boisbriand, totaling 140 goals and 197 assists for 337 points in 263 games.

This award, which was first presented by the AHL in 1947, honors the late Dudley (Red) Garrett, a promising young player who lost his life during World War II while serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. Garrett split his only pro season, 1942-43, between the AHL’s Providence Reds and the NHL’s New York Rangers.

Previous winners of the Garrett Award include Terry Sawchuk (1949), Jim Anderson (1955), Bill Sweeney (1958), Roger Crozier (1964), Gerry Desjardins (1968), Rick Middleton (1974), Darryl Sutter (1980), Pelle Lindbergh (1981), Steve Thomas (1985), Ron Hextall (1986), Brett Hull (1987), Felix Potvin (1992), Corey Hirsch (1993), Darcy Tucker (1996), Daniel Briere (1998), Darren Haydar (2003), Rene Bourque (2005), Nathan Gerbe (2009), Tyler Ennis (2010), Cory Conacher (2012), Tyler Toffoli (2013), Matt Murray (2015), Mikko Rantanen (2016), Frank Vatrano (2016), Daniel O’Regan (2017) and Mason Appleton (2018).