SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Former Union star Shayne Gostisbehere topped of an incredible year with a big honor. He was one of three players up for the NHL’s rookie of the year award Wednesday night.
The Flyers defenseman didn’t let a knee injury stop him from playing an incredible season this year.
Just put yourself in his shoes for a second. The Flyers defenseman was coming off a knee injury from last season, and was back in the minors to start the year. Little did he know that that he’d get called up a month later, and kick start Philly’s run to the playoffs. 46 points and 17 goals later, he was one of three players up for the NHL’s rookie of the year award .
And the award goes to, Artemi Panarin.
So Ghost didn’t win.
He couldn’t make history as the first flyer to take home the Calder Memorial Trophy, but he wasn’t really expected to. The favorite Artemi Panerin, the Chicago Blackhawks forward, won with more than 1,200 votes. Gostisbehere did finish in second place ahead of Connor McDavid, about 300 votes behind Panerin.
It’s not too bad for a guy who didn’t expect to have the season he did, who started the year in the AHL.
Before the ceremony even started, he said he was honored just to be a finalist.
Well – he’s a winner in our book. Keep an eye on him next year. He might be a ghost, but don’t expect him to be invisible.