April 10, 2017
Tyson Spink is CCM ECHL Rookie of the Year
(Toledo, OH) – Tyson Spink finished his first pro season with 74 points and today he has been named CCM ECHL Rookie of the Year. He is the recipient of the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy as the player selected most proficient in his first year of competition. He joins Tyler Barnes (2014-15) as the only Walleye players to win the award.
Spink finished with an ECHL rookie best 33 goals with 42 assists while preforming as a plus 17 over 69 games played this year. Last week, He was named to the ECHL All-Rookie team along with teammates Nolan Zajac and Tylor Spink. Tyson led all first year players with 9 game-winning goals this year.
“A terrific and fitting honor for Tyson,” said Head Coach Dan Watson. “His effort to become a better player has shown up in his everyday preparation, and work effort on and off the ice. That work has led him to a special season.”
The Williamstown, Ontario native set a new Walleye record during this year when he scored a goal in seven straight games (February 12 through February 28) which was the longest such streak this year in the ECHL. Spink was named ECHL Rookie of the Month for October when he had four goals and five assists while playing as a plus 7 over seven games.
Prior to turning professional, he spent four seasons at Colgate University. In 148 games for the Raiders, the 24 year old scored 45 goals with 83 assists while leading Colgate in scoring for three straight years. Tyson’s twin brother Tylor Spink finished second in the voting. Sean Venedam won the award as a member of the Toledo Storm in the 1997-98 season.
John A. Daley passed away in 1996 and was one of the founding fathers of the ECHL. He served as General Manager and minority owner of the Johnstown Chiefs from its inception in 1988 until 1994.