BostonBruins.com – The American Hockey League announced Thursday that Providence Bruins forward Frank Vatrano was named co-winner of the 2015-16 Dudley Garrett Memorial Award, presented to the league’s outstanding rookie.
Vatrano shares the honor with San Antonio Rampage forward Mikko Rantanen (24 goals, 36 assists).
Vatrano has had a remarkable first season with Providence, tallying a league-leading 34 goals in 34 games. The former UMass standout could become just the fourth AHL player ever to average a goal per game in a 30-goal season.
The 22-year-old also recorded 17 assists to give him 51 points – good for a league-best 1.50 points per game – and registered three hat tricks, including a league-record three unassisted goals in a game against Portland on March 6.
Vatrano also played 39 games with Boston, notching eight goals and three assists. The native of East Longmeadow, Mass., who was named a First-Team AHL All-Star last week, was assigned to Providence after Boston’s season ended and will be with the P-Bruins for their playoff run.