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Brock Boeser: National Champion

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

WOW.

That’s what many Canucks fans were most likely saying while tuning into the NCAA Frozen Four Championship on Saturday night and watching 2015 first round pick Brock Boeser put on a show.

Boeser scored once and added three assists as North Dakota stomped Quinnipiac by a 5-1 score to capture their eighth National Championship and first since 2000. They trail only Michigan, who has won nine, for most NCAA Championships by a single program.

You couldn’t go two minutes without hearing his name. Boeser and his linemates, Drake Caggiula and Nick Schmaltz, also known as the CBS Line, completely dominated the entire game, like they have much of the season. Quinnipiac didn’t have an answer.

The line combined for three goals and seven points. They should have had more.

It wasn’t a coming out party for Boeser. He has done this all season just not on a stage as big as the Frozen Four Championship, in front of 19,358 fans in attendance and on national television across North America.

He finishes the season with 60 points (27-33-60) in 42 games, along with a staggering plus-45 rating.

He finished third among all NCAA skaters, second among freshman and first among 1997-born players in points.

His 27 goals ranked fourth overall in the NCAA, second among freshman and first among 1997-born players.

His 33 assists put him in a tie for sixth overall among NCAA players, second among freshman and first among 1997-born players.

His plus-45 rating ranked second among all NCAA payers, first among freshman. His line finished a combined plus-135. Staggering.

He recorded at least one point in 32-of-42 games this season, including 28 of his last 32 games of the season.

He had two double digit point streaks, recording 13-game and 10-game streaks during the season.

He was named an AHCA First Team All-American, named to the All-CHN First Team and CHN All-Rookie Team.

He was named NCHC Rookie of the Year, All-NCHC and to the NCHC All-Rookie Team.

Boeser joins rare company at North Dakota as he becomes just the fourth player in school history to register 60 points as a freshman, following Kevin Maxwell (1978-79), Troy Murray (1980-81) and Zach Parise (2002-03).

Murray went on to play 1027 games in the NHL, tallying over 600 points including a 45-goal, 99-assisst season with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1985-86 season. Parise is currently in his 11th season in the NHL, where he has appeared in 761 regular season and 89 post-season games. He scored a career high 45 goals and 94 points during the 2008-09 season.

Both players stayed at North Dakota for one more year after their incredible freshman seasons.

Maxwell didn’t enjoy the same success. He only appeared in 82 NHL games during his shortened, injury-plagued career after leaving North Dakota upon completion of his freshman season.

Now we wait. A decision will have to be made on whether Boeser goes back to North Dakota for his sophomore season, or turns pro.

Wherever he ends up playing next season, Canucks fans should be excited about this guy.

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