Nico Sturm Named 2018-19 Best Defensive Forward

Nico Sturm Named 2018-19 Best Defensive Forward

ALBANY, N.Y. - ECAC Hockey announced on Tuesday that Nico Sturm (Clarkson University) has been named the 2018-19 Best Defensive Forward.

This is the second consecutive season that Sturm has been honored as the Best Defensive Forward, after also receiving this award in 2017-18. The junior has been extremely effective at both ends of the ice, registering 41 regular-season points for the Golden Knights (13G, 28A), while leading the league in plus/minus with a +23 mark.

Sturm’s play this season has garnered recognition from across the hockey world, as he was recently named the number one un-drafted college hockey prospect by ESPN. He’s played a huge part in Clarkson’s success this season, as the Golden Knights finished the regular-season in third place in the ECAC Hockey standings.

Clarkson will continue its season this weekend in the ECAC Hockey semifinals when it welcomes a rematch of last year’s semifinal game against Harvard. Puck drop will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Lake Placid.

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