Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Chris Kamal: 2nd WCHA Rookie of the Week Award

Seawolves goaltender Chris Kamal was honored for the 2nd time in 5 weeks as the WCHA Rookie Of The Week award winner.  This past weekend Chris led the Seawolves in a regular season ending series sweep of Mankato.  He also earned the honor back on February 1st following his shutout of this weekends playoff opponent the Minnesota Gophers.  Chris shares this weeks honor with Gopher rookie Nick Bjugstad to complete an interesting circle of synergy. 

Here's the relevant text from the WCHA release:
Kamal, a 5-9, 186-pound freshman from Alpharetta, Ga., backstopped the Seawolves to a two-game 4-0, 4-1 road sweep over league rival Minnesota State on March 4-5, including his second conference road shutout of the season. He stopped 66 of 67 shots on goal in the sweep for a .985 saves percentage, posted five shutout periods, and earned the No. 1 star of the game last Friday. He also blanked MSU on all 11 power-play chances in the two wins.
So once again congratulations to Chris.  I can't help but think in many ways this is a team award due in part to the efforts of the players in front of him.  I must note here that Seawolves forward Craig Parkinson was nominated for Defensive Player of the Week honors.  It isn't often that you see that.  Craig has consistently been one of the best two-way forwards in the league this season by displaying the highest possible commitment and responsibility on the defensive end of the ice.


Anonymous said...

Any reason why he didn't get Defensive as well? Do they hand out Rookie and Offensive/Defensive to the same person? He definitely had better stats than Lee.

Anonymous said...

Chris was also featured in Sports Illustrated. (Online only I believe, but not sure)


Donald Dunlop said...

They generally spread the awards around as best they can. Good performances get the awards but there's a wee bit of fenagling it seems with them. Nothing untoward mind you.

Donald Dunlop said...

Great find ... I'll post about it right now.

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