Henrik Borgström of the University of Denver’s national champion men’s hockey team has been named a co-rookie of the year by United States College Hockey Online, or USCHO. The Finnish forward finished his freshman campaign with 22 goals and 21 assists in 37 games. Boston University’s Clayton Keller was the other co-rookie of the year.
Borgström had already won the NCHC rookie of the year award in March for being the best freshman in the NCHC, the hockey conference that DU belongs to. He was selected 23rd overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers.
While the Panthers are expected to offer Borgström a contract to join the team next season, it’s unknown whether the Helsinki native will accept the offer or return to the Pioneers for his sophomore season. Unlike the NFL and NBA, there is no mandatory amount of time that athletes are required to stay in college before turning professional.