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Alex Newhook of St. John's named Hockey East's top rookie

In his first season with Boston College, Alex Newhook tied for the Eagles' scoring lead and led the entire Hockey East conference in rookie scoring. — Boston College Athletics/John Quackenbos
In his first season with Boston College, Alex Newhook tied for the Eagles' scoring lead and led the entire Hockey East conference in rookie scoring. — Boston College Athletics/John Quackenbos

Awards piling up for Avalanche first-round pick after a stellar freshman season at Boston College

Alex Newhook’s first collegiate hockey campaign may have been cut short, but the list of his end-of-the-season awards is growing quite long.

The 19-year-old forward from St. John’s had been named the NCAA Hockey East rookie of the year after a freshman season at Boston College that saw him register 42 points, on 19 goals and 23 assists, in 34 games with the Eagles.

He tied for the BC lead in both goals and points and was tops in the conference in rookie scoring.

Newhook led all NCAA freshmen in goals (19), game-winners (4) and shorthanded tallies (3).

The award comes in the same week that saw Newhook named a Hockey East second-team all-star and unanimous selection to the conference’s all-rookie team.

In addition, US College Hockey Online (USCHO) has named Newhook its overall NCAA rookie of the year as the result of a poll of that site’s columnists. He was also named to USCHO’s second all-NCAA team.

A first-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Newhook started slowly at BC, with just a goal in his first six games, but by season’s end, he was one of the hottest players in the nation, finishing on a 12-game points streak, longest in the Hockey East in 2019-20

Newhook is the ninth Boston College player to be named Hockey East’s top freshman, joining Logan Hutsko (2018), Colin White (2016), Chuck Kobasew (2001), Brian Gionta (1998), Marty Reasoner (1996), Ian Moran (1992), Brian Leetch (1987) and Ken Hodge Jr. (1985) on that list.

According to a Boston College Athletics release, Newhook is the first Eagles rookie to hit the 40-point mark in four years and the 12th NCAA player age 19 or younger to reach that plateau in the last decade.

Newhook finished ninth in the nation among all players in points per game and 12th in goals per game. He was third in the country in plus-minus rating (+28) behind only his Eagles teammates Jesper Mattila and Ben Finkelstein.

The Hockey East champion Eagles were ranked in the top five in Division One Hockey and considered a contender for a national title when the NCAA cancelled all varsity sports seasons earlier this month because of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

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