NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Merrimack College men’s hockey defenseman Declan Carlile was announced as a finalist for the Hockey East Rookie of the Year award, as announced by the league office Thursday.
The freshman blue liner led all of his classmates in scoring this past season with 22 points on four goals and 18 assists in 34 games played. He was also just one of five Warriors to play in every game and was one of two rookies, along with Zach Uens, to play in all 34 contests.
Nationally, Carlile tied for fourth in the nation in scoring by a rookie defenseman and was second in the conference in the category behind just Zac Jones of UMass, who finished with one more point. He also finished just three points shy of Darrel Scoville’s record of rookie defenseman scoring in the Division I era for Merrimack, which was set during the 1995-96 season.
During his impressive campaign, he was ranked number 209 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, which is used to rank NHL Draft eligible prospects.
The winner of the award is set to be announced the morning of Mar. 19.
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