RALEIGH, NC - The National Hockey League today announced that Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho and Wake County Deputy County Manager and Chief Operating Officer Johnna Sharpe have been named the Central Division's "Stars of the Month" for April.
Aho, 23, tallied 18 points (6g, 12a) in 16 games during the month of April, tied with the Stars' Jason Robertson for the division lead and seventh in the NHL. He has recorded a point in each of his last six games, including four of his team-leading 17 multi-point games this season. The 6'0", 173-pound forward scored three game-winning goals last month, tied with Florida's Frank Vatrano for the most among Central Division players and fourth in the NHL. Aho has earned a team-high 51 points (21g, 30a) in 2020-21, and he is one of only six NHL players with at least 20 goals and 30 assists this season.
The Rauma, Finland, native has tallied 50 points in each of his last four NHL seasons (2017-21), becoming the first Hurricanes player since Eric Staal (2005-09) to accomplish the feat within his first five career NHL seasons. He also leads the team in both goals and points for the fourth consecutive season. Aho has scored three of Carolina's five shorthanded goals in 2020-21, including a career-high two shorthanded goals at Florida on April 22, and his 12 career shorthanded goals are tied for the most by any NHL player since he entered the league in 2016-17. He has registered 314 points (142g, 172a) in 360 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, which ranks tied with Sami Kapanen (1997-03) for 10th since the franchise relocated to Carolina. Drafted in the second round, 35th overall, of the 2015 NHL Draft, Aho ranks second among his draft class in goals and fourth in points.
Sharpe has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 in Wake County. Her passion as a public servant was evident by the leadership role she took in the development of plans for community testing sites, radio and television engagements in educating the citizens of Wake County on COVID-19 and the development and implementation of multiple vaccination sites, including PNC Arena's mass vaccination drive-thru clinic.