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BRENDAN BRISSON NAMED USHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

By Chicago Steel, 06/12/20, 11:00AM CDT

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Leading scorer among rookies adds to individual honors

GENEVA, ILLINOIS — Chicago Steel forward Brendan Brisson was named 2020 Rookie of the Year, the United States Hockey League announced Friday.

The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native held sole possession of the rookie scoring race with 59 points (24G, 35A) in 45 games played through the 2019-2020 campaign, the second-most among all USHL skaters this season. Brisson was twice named USHL Forward of the Week (Nov. 19, 2019 & Jan. 22, 2020) and posted more multi-point games (18) than games being held off the scoresheet (12).

The 5-foot-11, 177-pound forward represented the United States of America in the World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, topping the club with 12 points (5G, 7A) through six games played.

In NHL Central Scouting’s Final Ranking List release on April 8, Brisson was rated 20th among North American skaters.

Brisson, committed to the University of Michigan, was named to the 2020 All-USHL First Team on Thursday, the first rookie to be named to the All-USHL First Team since Andrei Svechnikov and Mario Ferraro in 2017.

“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 1st round NHL Draft selection. We look forward to watching his continued growth in the years to come.”

Brisson joins Robby Jackson (2013-14) and Danny Richmond (2001-02) as the third player in Chicago Steel franchise history to win the USHL Rookie of the Year Award.

The Steel were awarded the 2020 Anderson Cup as the regular-season champions of the United States Hockey League after posting a 41-7-1-0 (83 pts) record, a franchise-best for wins and points in a season. Chicago set league records with an .847 win percentage and an average of 4.94 goals per game prior to the cancellation of the regular season and Clark Cup Playoffs on March 18.

Season tickets are available now for the 2020-2021 season at Fox Valley Ice Arena starting at just 5 games for $45.  Full season tickets are available starting at just $8 per game.  In addition to affordable ticket prices, the Steel offer free parking, themed promotions and family-friendly entertainment.

For more information and to purchase Steel tickets, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.

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