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Cammarata Earns Big Ten Honor

by Jacob Betzner / New York Islanders

Last week, Taylor Cammarata was number one in the Big Ten.

The Islanders prospect was named the First Star of the week by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday after recording five assists in two games. Cammarata, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, currently leads the NCAA with 10 assists in eight games.

“It’s quite an honor,” he said. “There are good players up and down the Big Ten. To be recognized as a top player for the weekend was a pretty cool experience.”

Cammarata is building on a strong freshman season with the top-ranked Golden Gophers. Last season he scored 10 goals and 27 points in 39 games, third among Gopher freshmen. Learning the college hockey lifestyle on and off the ice last year helped prepare the 19-year-old center for a hot start to the 2014–15 season.

“Coming in my sophomore year, knowing what to expect from the game. The style of play, I knew what to expect, so that helped me out a lot, and obviously, a lot of hard work in the off season.” he said. “I didn’t have as many points as I wanted last year, but this year I came out with a positive attitude, and I’m off to a good start.”

The Islanders selected Cammarata with the 76th overall pick in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft after leading the United States Hockey League with 38 goals and 93 points in 59 games as a member of the Waterloo Black Hawks.

The Gophers are back in action this weekend taking on University of Minnesota-Duluth.

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