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Another Meaning of Coast to Coast for Newhook

The Newfoundland native moved to British Columbia to play hockey

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / is profiling draft-eligible prospects leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22. Center Alex Newhook is the No. 13-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. The Avalanche has the fourth and 16th overall selections in the first round of the draft.

Alex Newhook is no stranger to moving thousands of miles to do what he feels is best for his hockey career.

The St. Johns, Newfoundland, native left home when he was 14 years old to spend two years playing his bantam and minor midget seasons with the York Simcoe Express and St. Andrews College in Ontario. However, he was not done moving yet.

At the age of 16, the center traveled farther west, this time to Victoria, British Columbia, to play with the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League.

He has since developed into one of the top prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft and can become the first Newfoundland native to be selected in the first round since Daniel Cleary was chosen by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 13th overall selection in the 1997 draft.

Newhook quickly showed that he would thrive in the BCHL, putting up 66 points (22 goals, 44 assists) in 45 games during his first year in the league. His strong campaign saw him awarded the Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy as Rookie of the Year, and he was named to the all-rookie team and a first-team all-star.

He followed up his award-worthy season with another one and won the Vern Dye Memorial Trophy this past campaign as the league's most valuable player.

"Newhook is a player that we've seen a lot of the last two years," said director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr to "He's got speed, hockey sense, scoring touch. He's not a big guy (5-foot-10, 192 pounds), but he's a solid guy on his feet... We've never had a down period with Newhook."

He registered 102 points (38 goals, 64 assists) in 53 contests, earning the Brett Hull Trophy as the top scorer and becoming the first Grizzlies player to reach 100 points in a season since Tyler Bozak in 2006-07.

Newhook extended his successful draft year at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship in April where he ranked tied for sixth among all skaters with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in seven games.

"It was a great experience," Newhook said of the tournament to "Getting back on that international stage with top players in Canada, top players in the world, it's pretty cool to be on that stage. I think our team could have done a bit better, not medaling, but a great experience overall. Having that opportunity to play on a line with pretty good players and establishing myself as one of the top players in this class and a top guy for our age group was something I think I did well. And I'm proud of the way that went."

He will continue his journey around North America next year when he plays at Boston College. At BC, he will work on further developing his craft with hopes of one day making another move, this time to the NHL.

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