Three forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender honored
The United States Hockey League today announced the players named to the 2013-14 USHL All-Rookie Team as determined by a vote of League coaches and general managers.
The USHL All-Rookie Team recognizes the top players who were 18 or younger during the season and playing their first full year in the USHL. Those selected to the team include forwards Robby Jackson (Chicago Steel), Tyler Sheehy (Waterloo Black Hawks), Denis Smirnov (Indiana Ice); defensemen Charlie Curti (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Hayden Shaw (Waterloo Black Hawks), Tim Shoup (Indiana Ice); goaltender Hayden Hawkey (Omaha Lancers).
The Indiana Ice and Waterloo Black Hawks, who are currently competing in the Clark Cup Final, both have two players named to the USHL All-Rookie Team.
Robby Jackson (F), Chicago Steel
Named recently as the USHL Rookie of the Year, he tied for sixth in the League with 28 goals which also set a USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present) record for the most goals by a 16-year-old. He tallied 13 of his goals over the last 15 games of the season and finished the year with 42 points (28g, 14a) while appearing in all 60 games for the Steel. The Alameda, California native tied for sixth in the League with six game-winning goals, and he was second on his team with a plus-16 rating.
Tyler Sheehy (F), Waterloo Black Hawks
The native of Burnsville, Minnesota tallied 49 points (21g, 28a) in 49 games for Waterloo, tying for 20th overall in USHL scoring. He had 16 multi-point efforts this season, including four multi-goal games. He tied for 14th overall in the League with a plus-25 rating. The 18-year-old currently is tied for the playoff scoring lead with 14 points (7g, 7a) through nine games. The University of Minnesota commit was ranked #200 by NHL Central Scouting in advance of the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft.
Denis Smirnov (F), Indiana Ice
One of two 16-year-olds on the All-Rookie Team, he produced 41 points (15g, 26a) in 47 games for the Ice. He had four multi-goal efforts and tied for 10th in the USHL with five game-winning goals. In January, he put together a six-game point streak in which he accumulated 10 points (4g, 6a) over that span. The Russian native also posted a plus-20 rating as he finished 40 of his 47 games with an even-or-better plus/minus. He is committed to play college hockey at Penn State University.
Charlie Curti (D), Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
The 17-year-old was one of three players on his team to appear in all 60 regular season games. He put up 23 points (4g, 19a) to tie for 20th in scoring among USHL defensemen. During his USHL debut, he dished out two assists and established a League season high plus-five rating in the 6-3 win over the Lincoln Stars on September 27th. The Mound, Minnesota native also converted three times in the shootout, second-most among USHL defensemen. He is committed to Yale University.
Hayden Shaw (D), Waterloo Black Hawks
The University of North Dakota commit put up 29 points (8g, 21a) in 53 regular season games to tie for eighth among all USHL defensemen. Seven of his eight goals were scored on the power play, tying for second among League blueliners. After dishing out two assists in his USHL debut, the 17-year-old from Woodbury, Minnesota then scored a goal in each of his next four games, including the overtime-winner in the 3-2 victory over the Green Bay Gamblers on October 18th.
Tim Shoup (D), Indiana Ice
The 18-year-old appeared in 52 regular season games for the Ice and tallied 16 points (5g, 11a). He scored his first USHL goal in just his fifth game. Overall, the Ice went 4-0-1 in games that the defenseman netted a goal. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native twice finished a game this season with a plus-four rating and posted an overall plus-17 for the year. Following his USHL career, he will play NCAA hockey at Dartmouth College.
Hayden Hawkey (G), Omaha Lancers
Playing his first year of junior hockey, he led all USHL netminders in both goals-against-average (1.99) and save percentage (.926) on the way to being named the USHL Goaltender of the Year. He is the first goaltender in the Tier 1 era to finish the season with a GAA below 2.00. The Parker, Colorado native won each of his first 12 starts, including a shutout in his home debut on October 26th. He is committed to Providence College following his USHL career.
Video - Highlights of 2013-14 USHL All-Rookie Team
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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