Calgary Flames prospect Colton Poolman has received NCHC accolades, being named the Defensive Defenceman of the Year for the 2019-20 season.
In addition, he also earned a Honorable Mention All-NCHC nod for the third straight season.
The blueliner, who inked an entry-level deal with the Flames on Mar. 20 after finishing his senior season with North Dakota, was a plus-9, was tabbed with a single minor penalty, and blocked 26 shots in 21 conference games this year. Poolman was a regular on the penalty kill as well, leading North Dakota to an NCHC-leading 86.9% kill rate.
"Character kid, really competitive, at the college level plays in all situations," was Flames general manager Brad Treliving's assessment of Poolman's game.
"I think he's going to be a guy that's going to play a real hard defending game, kill penalties, that sort of thing. He just does things that help you win. Every team needs a player like Colton who does a bunch of the heavy lifting. They're not sexy jobs, but if you look at successful teams at this level, they all have players that do the things that he does."
In those 21 conference games, he posted two goals and 10 points and, as captain this past season, helped push the Fighting Hawks to capture the Penrose Cup.
In total, Poolman played 31 games with North Dakota in 2019-20, registering four goals and 17 points and was a plus-15. He finished his collegiate career with 18 goals, 75 points, 30 PIMs, and a plus-41 rating in 146 NCAA games.