Steel forward set Tier 1 era goal record for a 16-year-old
The United States Hockey League today announced that Chicago Steel forward Robby Jackson has been named the 2013-14 USHL Rookie of the Year as determined by a vote of League coaches and general managers.
Jackson appeared in all 60 games for the Steel this season and totaled 42 points (28g, 14a) to finish second on the team in scoring. He also was second on the team with a plus-16 rating. His 28 goals tied for the sixth-most in the League and set a USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present) record for most goals by a 16-year-old, surpassing the 27 scored by Taylor Cammarata of the Waterloo Black Hawks during the 2011-12 season in which he was named USHL Rookie of the Year. Jackson closed out the regular season by netting 13 goals over the last 15 games for Chicago, which included scoring the record-setting goal in the team’s season finale on April 5th. Of his 28 total goals, six were game-winners, tying for second overall in the League.
The USHL career for Jackson began in a big way as he netted a goal in his debut with the Steel on opening night, scoring the lone goal for his team in the 5-1 loss to the Green Bay Gamblers on September 20th, which was less than a month after his 16th birthday. He recorded his first USHL career hat trick on February 22nd when he scored a goal in each period of the 7-3 victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He also dished out two assists in the contest to tie a USHL season high with five points and finished the night with a plus-five rating which also equaled a League season high. During one stretch in the month of March, the forward put together a six-game goal streak, scoring seven goals over that stretch. That streak tied for the third-longest in the USHL this season.
“It is rare to have such a young player make the type of impact that Robby Jackson has made this year, but this recognition from the USHL’s coaches and general managers is a testament to his talent and the work that he put in this season,” said Skip Prince, USHL President and Commissioner. “Congrats to Robby on a special season, and to the Chicago Steel for its role in developing one of the bright young stars of the League. We look forward to seeing him on the ice again next season and watching him take the next steps in his hockey career.”
Jackson was selected by the Chicago Steel in the third round of Phase 1 during the 2013 USHL Draft. The Alameda, California native played youth hockey with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings program prior to joining the Steel. He helped lead the Steel to a 29-27-4 record (62 points) and just four points shy of a playoff berth. It was the first winning record for the Steel since the 2008-09 season.
He is the youngest player ever to earn the USHL Rookie of the Year award as he will not turn 17 until late August. Jackson has not yet committed to a NCAA hockey program. He is set to return to the Chicago Steel for the 2014-15 USHL season and will be eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.
It is the second time that a member of the Chicago Steel has been named USHL Rookie of the Year. Defenseman Danny Richmond won the award as a 17-year-old following the 2001-02 season when he put up 53 points (8g, 45a) in 56 games for the Steel.
USHL stats - Robby Jackson
Video - Hights of Robby Jackson from the 20013-14 season
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14. A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
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