ANN ARBOR, MI (WKBN)-Former Youngstown Phantom Kyle Connor was named the Big 10’s Player of the Year, and Freshman of the Year in addition to winning the conference scoring title and nabbing 1st-team Big 10 honors on Monday.
Connor has tallied 30 goals and 31 assists in his freshman season with the Wolverines, gaining a ton of national attention in the process. He has the chance to win the Hobey Baker Award which is the hockey equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. The winner is named in April.
Connor spent two seasons with the Phantoms, finishing his USHL tenure with 82 goals and 113 assists for 195 total points in 174 career games.
The 30 goals Connor scored this season puts him in elite company becoming the NCAA’s first freshman to tally 30 in a season since Thomas Vanek did it for Minnesota in 2002-2003. Vanek now plays for the Minnesota Wild and like Connor, played in the USHL before playing in college.
Connor was drafted 17th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2015 NHL Draft.