Chicago Blackhawks left winger Artemi Panarin on Wednesday was selected the victor of the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the National Hockey League’s rookie of the year.
The US National Hockey League announced on twitter last night. Panarin received the award at the league’s annual awards show being held in Las Vegas.
The 24-year-old Russian led all rookies in goals (30), assists (47) and points (77) in 80 games in 2015-16.
“He was very consistent”, said Kane, who said Panarin deserves some credit for Kane’s monster season.
Artemi Panarin is full of surprises. “Not only that, but if you watch him play, he has the ability to take over games and the ability to wow you when you watch him”. Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere was second with 955 voting points, and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid was third with 858.
“I don’t want to think that this is my [highest] level”, he said. The Toronto Maple Leafs hold the record for most players to win the Calder with nine, but a Leaf has not won the award since Brit Selby won it in 1966.
One teammate in particular, has been Panarin’s biggest cheerleader this season.