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Denver’s Borgström named NCHC Rookie of the Month


With the first month of the 2016-17 college hockey season in the books, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) has announced its first monthly award winners of the season.

University of Denver freshman forward Henrik Borgström was named the NCHC Rookie of the Month for October.

Henrik Borgström
Freshman Forward
Helsinki, Finland

After a slow start, Borgström caught fire in October, tallying points in four of his final five games during the month, including three multi-point games, to lead Denver to a 6-2-0 record. In eight games, he tallied nine points on four goals and five assists with his nine points leading all NCHC rookies and tying for fifth nationally among freshmen. His four goals tied for the NCHC rookie lead and tied for third among NCAA freshmen. He was named First Star of the Game three times throughout October.

Borgström was held pointless in his first three collegiate games, but exploded in his fourth for three points, scoring his first two career goals, including the game-winning goal, while also notching his first assist in a 3-1 win over then No. 2 Boston University Oct. 15. The Florida Panthers first-round draft pick was named the game’s First Star after having a hand in all three goals.

The following weekend, Borgström added another three points in a sweep at Michigan State. He again had a hand in both goals in a 2-1 win Oct. 21, scoring the first goal and setting up the game-winner, while he dished out an assist in the series finale Saturday, as well – a 3-1 victory. He was tabbed First Star of the Game in Friday’s victory while logging a plus-2 rating each night against the Spartans. Borgström wrapped up his month by tying his career high with three points in a 4-2 win over Western Michigan Oct. 29. The 6-foot-3 center scored the game’s first goal on the power play, while tallying a career-high two helpers, including on the game-winning goal, and was again named the game’s First Star.

Borgström led all NCAA rookies with 29 shots on goal in October, while two of his goals came on the power play and one was a game winner. He also finished the month with a plus-5 rating and had an even or positive plus-minus rating in seven of his eight games.

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