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USHL Players Earn USA Hockey Awards

Thursday May 22, 2014

USA Hockey named Omaha Lancers defenseman Tucker Poolman the Junior Player of the Year and Cal Petersen of the Waterloo Black Hawks as Goalie of the Year. (photos by Omaha Lancers and Britta Lewis)

USA Hockey today announced their annual awards recipients and among the honorees are two USHL players from the 2013-14 season.  Omaha Lancers defenseman Tucker Poolman has been named the Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year and Cal Petersen of the Waterloo Black Hawks has been named the Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year.  In addition, USHL alum Johnny Gaudreau was named College Player of the Year by USA Hockey.

Tucker Poolman finished third in scoring among USHL defensemen with 41 points (15g, 26a) over 58 regular season games on the way to earning a spot on the All-USHL First Team.  His 15 goals were the most among League blueliners and the Lancers posted a 10-1-1 record in games that he scored a goal.  He tallied 10 of his goals on the power play to rank tied for eighth overall in the USHL.  Poolman recorded 22 points (10g, 12a) on the man-advantage to help the Lancers post the third-best power play conversion rate in the USHL (22.7%).

He also anchored an Omaha defense that tied for the USHL lead in fewest goals allowed (141) and had the top penalty killing rate (88.1%).

The 20-year-old from East Grand Forks, Minnesota recorded a hat trick in the 6-5 win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks on October 27th and had a game high plus-three rating.  He finished the year with an overall plus-20 rating.  Poolman added four points (1g, 3a) in four playoff contests. 

It was the second season in the USHL for Poolman after he put up 28 points (14g, 14a) while appearing in all 64 games for the Omaha Lancers in 2012-13.  Following his first season in the USHL, he was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the fifth round (127th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.  He will begin his collegiate career next season at the University of North Dakota.

It is the 18th consecutive season that a player from the USHL has earned the Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year award.

USHL stats – Tucker Poolman

Cal Petersen posted a 27-7-4 record during the regular season for the Waterloo Black Hawks on the way to be selected to the All-USHL Second Team.  His 27 victories tied for the most among USHL goaltenders.  He posted a 2.50 goals-against-average to rank sixth in the League, while also compiling a .915 save percentage to rank eighth overall.

During one stretch of the season, he was unbeaten in regulation for 16 consecutive appearances (15-0-1) which included 12 straight victories.  Those 12 wins came against 12 different USHL Member Clubs.  Overall, he earned victories against 13 of the 14 USHL teams he faced this season.

Petersen helped Waterloo give up the third-fewest goals per game in the USHL (2.35) and led them to a record season in which they earned 44 victories and captured the Anderson Cup as the team with the best regular season record.  He also led them to the Clark Cup Final series and posted an 8-4 record with a 2.37 GAA and .928 SV% in 12 playoff appearances. 

He was also a part of the U.S. Junior Select Team, made up of entirely of USHL players, that won a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge.  Petersen won three games during the tournament for the United States.

Last season, he posted 21-11-1 record for the Waterloo Black Hawks and earned a spot on the USHL All-Rookie Team.  He was then selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the fifth round (129th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.  He finishes his USHL career with 51 victories, the most for a goaltender in Waterloo Black Hawks history.  The Waterloo, Iowa native will play collegiate hockey at the University of Notre Dame.

He is the 10th USHL goaltender to win the Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year over the 12 years it has been awarded.

USHL stats – Cal Petersen

Johnny Gaudreau led all of NCAA Division I hockey in scoring with 80 points (36g, 44a) over 40 games while leading Boston College to a Frozen Four appearance.  The 20-year-old also tied a Hockey East record by putting together a 31-game point streak this season.  He was named the winner of the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player, marking the fourth consecutive season that a USHL alum earned the award.

Over three seasons at Boston College, Gaudreau racked up 175 points (78g, 97a) in 119 games at the school and helped the Eagles reach the Frozen Four twice, which included winning the 2012 NCAA championship as a freshman.

Gaudreau spent the 2010-11 season in the USHL with the Dubuque Fighting Saints, coming to the League at just 17 years old.  He played all 60 regular season games for the Saints and finished fourth in USHL scoring with 72 points (36g, 36a).  His 36 goals tied for second in the League, including 15 power play tallies that were the most of any player and seven game-winners that ranked third in the USHL.

He continued his scoring touch in the playoffs, adding a team best 11 points (5g, 6a) in 11 postseason games to lead the Dubuque Fighting Saints to the Clark Cup title.  The Carneys Point, New Jersey native would be named the 2010-11 USHL Rookie of the Year as well as earn a spot on the All-USHL Second Team and USHL All-Rookie Team.

Following his season in the USHL with Dubuque, he was selected by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.  He signed a NHL contract with the club in April following his collegiate season and scored a goal during his NHL debut two days later.

Gaudreau had already earned a special place in history a little more than a year ago when he helped the U.S. National Junior Team win gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.  He became the first player ever to win a Clark Cup in the USHL, a NCAA championship, and World Junior gold.

USHL stats - Johnny Gaudreau


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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