The United States Hockey League announced today that Rem Pitlick of the Muskegon Lumberjacks has been named both the 2016 USHL Player of the Year and 2016 USHL Forward of the Year as determined by a vote of League general managers.
Pitlick led the USHL in scoring with 89 points (46g, 43a) over 56 regular season games, breaking the record for most points in a season in Lumberjacks history. Both his goal and assist totals were best in the USHL, and his 46 goals rank third all-time in the USHL Tier 1 era. The Plymouth, MN native also led the league with eight game-winning goals alongside Youngstown’s Cameron Morrison, and Pitlick's nine power play goals were good for ninth in the USHL.
Pitlick recorded 25 multi-point games in those 56 contests, and scored at least three points on 13 separate occasions. He is only the fourth player in USHL history to record at least 40 goals in a season. Additionally, Pitlick led all USHL forwards with five USHL Forward of the Week honors.
Pitlick currently has 105 points in 103 career USHL games over two seasons. He previously spent the 2014-15 season with the Waterloo Black Hawks, tallying 16 points in 47 games. He was selected 12th overall by Waterloo in the 2013 USHL Phase I Draft after playing for the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary’s Bantam, U16, and Midget programs.
The future Golden Gopher commit is the 93rd ranked North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting's most recent ranking, and he is eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY.
Pitlick is the first Muskegon Lumberjacks player to win either USHL Player of the Year or Forward of the Year, and is the 22nd player in USHL history to win both awards in the same season, including Kyle Connor, now of the Winnipeg Jets, who won both awards with the Youngstown Phantoms last season.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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