The hope of the Montreal canadiens Cole Caufield was chosen on Monday for a player of first-year excellence of the conference Big Ten NCAA.
Awarded following a vote conducted among the coaches of this association, journalists and the hockey player 19-year-old has totaled 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points in as many games with the Badgers of the University of Wisconsin during the past season.
Among those who have already received this award, there was Mike Richter (1985-1986), Curtis Joseph (1988-1989), Jim Carey (1992-1993) and Dany Heatley (1999-2000). The choice of the first round of the Habs at the draft last year was preferred to the defender Cam York and the player before Ben Meyers; York is a hope of the Philadelphia Flyers selected him as the 14th of the auction amateur 2019.
Despite its performance, Caufield had not been chosen to be among the contenders for the trophy Hobey-Baker, awarded to the outstanding player in the NCAA. Scott Perunovich, a hope of the Blues of St. Louis, has finally put the hand on this distinction.
The season of Caufield was completed on march 7, when his Badgers were defeated in the first knockout round by the Buckeyes of Ohio State. Five days later, the pandemic COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the remainder of the playoffs.