March 5, 2015
Freshman University of Denver forward Danton Heinen (Langley, British Columbia) was announced today as the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Rookie of the Month for February. Pioneers defenseman and Hobey Baker Award candidate Joey LaLeggia (Burnaby, British Columbia), meanwhile, was named runner-up for the HCA National Player of the Month Award, won by Northeastern center Kevin Roy.
Heinen, 19, registered 15 points (5G-10A) in seven games played last month, leading the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in points as well as plus/minus rating (+12). The Boston Bruins prospect and reigning NCHC Rookie of the Month currently leads the conference in scoring with 14G-27P-41P on the season, ranking second in the nation in points by a freshman (Eichel, BU: 18G-37A-55P, 32GP). Overall, Heinen is tied for 10th place in the NCAA Scoring Race for 2014-15. He was named the NCHC Rookie of the Week for Feb. 23-28 one week after capturing the conference's Offensive Player of the Week Award.
LaLeggia, 22, led all NCAA defensemen in scoring last month, recording 3G-10A-13P in seven appearances. The Edmonton Oilers prospect was named the NCHC's Defensive Player of the Week three times in February to earn the conference's Player of the Month Award after capturing Co-Player of the Month honors for January. He currently leads the NCHC in in-conference scoring with 12G-17A-29P in 22 games played. According to College Hockey, Inc., only six defensemen in NCAA history have ever won an in-conference scoring title.
The Pioneers (19-11-2, 12-9-1-1 NCHC) came in at No. 7 on the latest edition of the USCHO.com poll and No. 8 on the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll , both of which were announced earlier this week. They are also presently ranked eighth on the NCAA Div. I PairWise Chart and reside in fourth place in the NCHC standings.
Denver will wrap up its regular season schedule on the road this weekend for a pair of games at St. Cloud State (Friday - 7:08pm MT, CBSSN & ESPN 105.5 FM; Saturday -6:07pm MT, NCHCTV & The Zone 1600 AM). The Pioneers swept the Huskies in Denver earlier this season by a combined score of 7-2.