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Manhattan Beach native, Jr. Kings grad Brisson chosen USHL Rookie of the Year for 2019-20 season

 

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Chicago Steel forward Brendan Brisson has been named the USHL’s Rookie of the Year for the 2019-20 season.

The Manhattan Beach native and Los Angeles Jr. Kings graduate held sole possession of the rookie scoring race with 59 points (24 goals, 35 points) in 45 games.

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Brisson was twice named USHL Forward of the Week (Nov. 19, 2019 and Jan. 22, 2020) and posted more multi-point games (18) than games being held off the scoresheet (12).

“Brendan Brisson could not be more deserving of USHL Rookie of the Year honors,” said Steel general manager Ryan Hardy. “In his first year in the USHL, Brendan developed tremendously to elevate himself from a player who was considered a potential late-round selection into a player who is now widely believed to be a first-round NHL Draft selection.

“We look forward to watching his continued growth in the years to come.”

Brisson represented the United States of America in the World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, B.C., topping the club with 12 points (five goals, seven assists) through six games.

In NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings list, which was released on April 8, Brisson was rated 20th among North American skaters.

Committed to the University of Michigan, Brisson was also named to the 2020 All-USHL First Team on Thursday, the first rookie to be named to the All-USHL First Team since 2017.

Brisson also joins a who’s who list of USHL alumni to be awarded the USHL Rookie of the Year award, including NHL stars Andrei Svechnikov (Muskegon Lumberjacks, 2016-17), Jake Guentzel (Sioux City Musketeers 2012-13), Johnny Gaudreau (Dubuque, 2010-11), Anders Lee (Green Bay Gamblers, 2009-10), Max Pacioretty (Sioux City, 2006-07), Kyle Okposo (Des Moines Buccaneers, 2005-06) and Joe Pavelski (Waterloo, 2002-03).

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(April 25, 2020)