RGV's Aaron Lewicki Named Rookie of the Year


RGV’s Aaron Lewicki Named CHL Rookie of the Year


TEMPE, AZ (March 23, 2011) – The Central Hockey League (CHL) announced today that Rio Grande Valley forward Aaron Lewicki has been selected the recipient of the 2010-11 Central Hockey League Rookie of the Year award following balloting among CHL head coaches, communication’s departments and selected media members in CHL markets. 

The Rookie of the Year award is ‘presented annually to the Central Hockey League player adjudged to be the most proficient in his first year of professional competition.’

Lewicki was selected on 24 of the 60 ballots submitted, finishing ahead of Tulsa’s Gary Steffes who received 20 votes. 

The Livona, Michigan native leads all first year players with 50 points, 22 goals, 28 assists and 204 shots on goal.  He is also tied for the league lead among rookies with three shorthanded goals and four game winning goals and second with seven power play goals.

The 6-0, 200-pound forward was named a member of the 2011 CHL All-Star team that played the Rapid City Rush at the 2011 CHL All-Star Game in Rapid City, South Dakota.

The former Ferris State University star averaged nearly a point a game in the months of December, January and February totaling 13 goals and 22 assists in 36 games played.  Three of Lewicki’s five goals scored in the month of February served as game winners for the Killer Bees.

Earlier in the week, Lewicki was named a member of the 2010-11 CHL All-Rookie Team receiving the most votes of all first year forwards. 

The CHL Coach of the Year will be announced on Thursday, March 24 and the CHL Most Outstanding Defenseman and Most Outstanding Goaltender (Scott Brower Award) will be announced on Friday, March 25.  The CHL Most Valuable Player recipient will be announced on Monday, March 28.

CHL Rookie of the Year (previous winners, since 2001)

2010-11 – Aaron Lewicki (Rio Grande Valley)
2009-10 – Danny Battochio (Rapid City)
2008-09 – Darryl Smith (Laredo)
2007-08 – David Nimmo (Amarillo)
2006-07 – Cam Abbott (Bossier-Shreveport)
2005-06 – Jim Dahl (Tulsa)
2004-05 – Tyler Weiman (Colorado)
2003-04 – David Guerrera (Laredo)
2002-03 – Derek Hahn (Amarillo)
2001-02 – Sebastien Centomo (Memphis)

2011 CHL Awards that have already been announced are:
CHL Athletic Trainer of the Year – George Bullock, Jr, Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
CHL Gunner Garrett Equipment Manager of the Year – Romeo Vivit, Rapid City Rush
CHL All-Rookie Team – Adam Chorneyko (COL), Aaron Lewicki (RGV), Alan Mazur (BLM), Wayne Savage (TEX), Gary Steffes (TUL) and David Strathman (ALN) 
All-CHL Team – Darcy Campbell (RGV), Riley Nelson (COL), Robby Nolan (MIZ), Andrew Martens (WIC), Sebastien Thinel (ODE), Chad Woollard (TEX)
CHL Man of the Year – Simon Watson, Missouri Mavericks



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