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Sebastian Aho Named NHL First Star of the Week

Forward notched first career hat trick, earned five points in three games

by Ken Preston /

RALEIGH, NC - The National Hockey League announced on Monday that Carolina Hurricanes rookie forward Sebastian Aho has been selected as the league's first star of the week.

Aho, 19, scored four goals, earned an assist (5 points) and recorded a plus-3 plus/minus rating in Carolina's three wins last week - at home against Philadelphia (1/31, 5-1) and Edmonton (2/3, 2-1), and at the New York Islanders (2/4, 5-4 OT). The Rauma, Finland, native notched his first career hat trick and had an assist in Tuesday's 5-1 win against Philadelphia. On Friday, Aho (5'11", 172 lbs.) notched the game-winning goal on the power play in Carolina's 2-1 win against Edmonton.

The Hurricanes selected Aho in the second round, 35th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut on opening night of this season, and currently ranks third among all NHL rookies with 16 goals. Aho's 126 shots rank tied for second among NHL rookies this season, and his 31 points have him tied for sixth among league rookies. Prior to the season, Aho represented Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and he has represented his native country in a number of other international competitions including the 2016 IIHF World Championship and 2016 World Junior Championship.

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