Finalists Named for League’s Rookie of the Year Award

Finalists Named for League’s Rookie of the Year Award

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey (@ecachockeyMWD1) today announced the finalists for the 2018 Men’s Rookie of the Year Award as Matthew Galajda, Cornell; Jack Jacome, Clarkson and Odeen Tufto, Quinnipiac were each selected as finalists for the league’s top rookie honor by the 12 league coaches.

Galajda has wasted little time establishing himself as one of the nation’s top goaltenders, backstopping Cornell to its first Cleary Cup since 2005. While he remains the national leader in goals-against average and shutouts, his numbers within ECAC Hockey play this year were even better. His 1.34 goals-against average in league play was the lowest since Cornell’s own David McKee in 2004-05 (1.17). It’s also the lowest goals-against average by a freshman in league play since those statistics became available in the 1978-79 season. Seven of Galajda’s eight shutouts so far this season came within his 20 starts in ECAC Hockey play.

Playing on the ECAC Hockey second-ranked offense (3.15 goals per game), Jacome has recorded the most points by a Clarkson freshman in 11 years with 26 on six goals and 20 assists. He ranked second in ECAC Hockey for rookie scoring averaging recording 1.00 points per game in league action and 0.81 points per game in overall play. The Caledon, Ontario native was selected both the HCA National Rookie of the Month and ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month for November, 2017. A key contributor on the Golden Knights power-play, Jacome registered 11 points.

Recording a point in 25 of Quinnipiac's 36 games this season, Tufto currently leads the Bobcats in assists (32) and points (41) on the season. His 32 assists lead all NCAA Division I freshmen student-athletes and he is one of 20 skaters in the country to reach 41 points to date. He has recorded 10 multiple-assist games while his 14 multiple-point games lead all NCAA Division I freshmen. Tufto is also the 11th freshman in Quinnipiac's Division I history to reach 30 points points as a freshman, and just the fourth to reach 30 assists. His 20 assists and 25 points in ECAC Hockey play also lead all of his freshmen counterparts.