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The United States Hockey League announced today that Zach Solow of the Dubuque Fighting Saints has been named the 2017 USHL Forward of the Year as determined by a vote of League general managers. The Madison Capitols abstained from nominations and final voting this season.
Solow, a native of Naples, FL, led the USHL in scoring this season with 69 points (18G, 51A) in 56 games. He also led the USHL in assists (51) and tallied at least one point in 46 of the 56 games he played. In those 46 games, Dubuque compiled a record of 27-12-5-2. The Fighting Saints were also 13-2-3-0 when Solow scored a goal this season.
After starting the season with six points (4G, 2A) in nine games, Solow went on a 20-game point streak from Oct. 28 through Jan. 27. Solow tallied 32 points (6G, 26A) in those 20 games and had the longest point streak in the USHL this season. The 20-game point streak is the third longest point streak in Tier 1 history. Solow finished the regular season on a nine-game point streak from March 17 through April 8, with 14 points (5G, 9A) in that span and had a six-game point streak from Feb. 2 through Feb. 17, with 10 points (4G, 6A) in those contests.
Solow was named to the U.S. Junior Select Team for the World Junior A Challenge on Nov. 22 and helped Team USA to a gold medal in that tournament, tallying four points (2G, 2A) in five games, including a three-point performance (1G, 2A) in Team USA’s 9-0 shutout of Switzerland on Dec. 14. He was also named to Team East for the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was named USHL Forward of the Week on Jan. 16 following a four-assist weekend.
Solow is committed to Northeastern University and was recently ranked as the 183rd North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings, and is eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, IL. He was selected in the 15th round, 242nd overall by Dubuque in the 2014 USHL Phase II Draft and previously played for Janesville Jets (NAHL), Dells Ducks (NAHL) and St. Louis AAA Blues (T1EHL).
Solow is the first Fighting Saints player to win USHL Forward of the Year since the team returned to the USHL before the 2010-11 season. Prior to that, the last Dubuque player to be named USHL Forward of the Year was Chris Ferraro following the 1990-91 season.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 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.