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Avalanche's MacKinnon wins Calder Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:39 PM

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League."

MacKinnon was a near-unanimous choice, receiving 130 first-place votes from the 137 ballots cast. The 18-year-old (9/1/95) becomes the youngest Calder winner ever. Carolina forward Jeff Skinner (5/16/92) was three and a half months older when he captured the award in 2011.

MacKinnon topped all first-year players in points (63), goals (24-tied), assists (39), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (5-tied) and shots (241). The first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft tallied at least one point in 13 consecutive games from Jan. 25 to March 6 (5-13—18), breaking Wayne Gretzky's NHL record for the longest single-season point streak by a player age 18 or younger (12 games).

The Cole Harbour, N.S., native is the second Avalanche player in the past three years to be voted the League's top rookie, following captain Gabriel Landeskog's Calder Trophy win in 2012.

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