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Hank Crone named ECHL Rookie of the Year

Monday, April 17th
Hank Crone vs Fort Wayne

Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators (NHL), and Belleville Senators (AHL), are proud to announce that Americans forward Hank Crone, has been named the ECHL Rookie of the Year and recipient of the John A Daley Award.

Crone led all rookies in scoring this season with 105 points. He is the first Americans rookie to reach 100 points in a season. He is the third player in team history to win the award. Alex Lavoie won Rookie of the Year in 13-14 in the CHL with 76 points in 60 games, and Tyler Sheehy won in 19-20 with 70 points in 47 games.

Hank Crone broke the team record for goals in a season with 49. The previous high was 44 in 2014-2015 set by Gary Steffes. He is also the only player to hit the 100-point mark not named Chad Costello. Costello did it three times (125, 103, 122).

“It’s a great honor to win this award,” said Hank Crone. “I had help from some amazing teammates and linemates this season. I couldn’t have done it without them. I’m very proud of what our group accomplished this year. We went from last place in December, to second place in April. We’re not done. We have a special group that has big goals for the postseason. It all begins on Wednesday.”

Crone will play in his first playoff series beginning on Wednesday night in Kansas City. The Dallas, Texas native signed with the Americans last summer after playing last year at Northern Michigan University. Allen had two players finish in the top-5 for Rookie of the Year voting. Liam Finlay was fifth overall.

  ECHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

2022Kris BennettIowa Heartlanders
2021Matthew BoucherUtah Grizzlies
2020Tyler SheehyAllen Americans
2019Chris CollinsKalamazoo Wings
2018Justin DanforthCincinnati Cyclones
2017Tyson SpinkToledo Walleye
2016Matt WillowsFlorida Everblades
2015Tyler BarnesToledo Walleye
2014William RapuzziIdaho Steelheads
2013Ryan ZapolskiSouth Carolina Stingrays
2012Dustin GazleyElmira Jackals
2011Ben StreetWheeling Nailers
2010Justin DonatiElmira Jackals
2009Bryan EwingWheeling Nailers
2008David DesharnaisCincinnati Cyclones
2007Colton FretterGwinnett Gladiators
2006Alex LeavittAlaska Aces
2005Joey TenuteSouth Carolina Stingrays
2004Kevin DoellGwinnett Gladiators
2003Jason JaffrayRoanoke Express
2002Frederic CloutierLouisiana Ice Gators
2001Scott StirlingTrenton Titans
2000Jan LasakHampton Roads Admirals
1999Maxime GingrasRichmond Renegades
1998Sean VenedamToledo Storm
1997Dany BousquetBirmingham Bulls
1996Keli CorpseWheeling Thunderbirds
1995Kevin McKinnonErie Panthers
1994Dan GravelleGreensboro Monarchs
1993Joe FlanaganBirmingham Bulls
1992Darren ColbourneDayton Bombers
1991Dan GauthierKnoxville Cherokees
1990Bill McDougallErie Panthers
1989Tom SassoJohnstown Chiefs

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