The United States Hockey League announced today that Youngstown Phantoms forward Cam Morrison has been named the 2016 USHL Rookie of the Year as determined by a vote of League general managers. Team USA abstained from nominations and final voting this season.
Morrison played in all 60 of Youngstown’s games this season, scoring an impressive 34 goals and 32 assists in that span, both of which led the team. He finished tied for second in the league in scoring with Cedar Rapids forward Ross Colton. Morrison’s 34 goals and 66 points led all rookies, while his 32 assists ranked third among first-year players. Those 34 goals are also the most by a rookie since Brock Boeser scored 35 last season for the Waterloo Black Hawks.
The Aurora, ON native was named USHL Forward of the Week on both November 2nd and April 11th. He was also named to January’s USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Omaha, NE where he scored a goal to help Team East to a 6-2 victory.
Morrison was selected in the fourth round (51st overall) by the Phantoms in the 2015 USHL Phase II Draft. Prior to joining the USHL, he played for the York Simcoe Express program as well as the Aurora Tigers in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He is ranked 46th among North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting List most recent rankings, and is eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft. He is committed to play college hockey at the University of Notre Dame following his USHL career.
Morrison is the first Phantoms player to win USHL Rookie of the Year since the franchise joined the USHL prior to the 2009-10 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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