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Cole Hults Named 2019-20 Big Ten Hockey Player of the Year

The LA Kings prospect was voted by conference coaches and media as the Player and Defensive Player of the Year

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Penn State defenseman Cole Hults was voted by conference coaches and media as both the 2019-20 Big Ten Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

Hults was also named the Team MVP and became one of the first-ever All-Americans in Penn State men's hockey history.

The accolades come as no surprise, as the junior blueliner completed one of his best seasons to date. Hults recorded a career-high 8 goals and 22 assists, the best among all defeseman in the Big Ten.

Tweet from @B1GHockey: Cole Hults of @PennStateMHKY selected as the 2019-20 #B1GHockey Player and Defensive Player of the Year by conference coaches and media. pic.twitter.com/sEGY5cotdr

Hults was drafted by the LA Kings in the fifth round, 134th overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft. In April, Hults signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the LA Kings. He joins his fellow draft class signees Gabriel Vilardi, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Matt Villalta, Mikey Anderson, Markus Phillips and Drake Rymsha in turning pro.

"The last few years my game's only gotten better in what I do well," Hults said on a Kings video call. "I think going into school, I always had the simple mindset of wanting to get the pucks to the forwards. I like to compare my game to Ryan Suter's. He's a low-maintenance guy, obviously super-effective at what he does, but not too flashy, he won't stand out. But he's really good at what he does."

Tweet from @ColeHults: Excited to announce that I have signed my first NHL contract with the @LAKings thanks to all my family and friends for helping me get to this point! Extremely blessed for the friendships and memories I���ve made the past three years with @PennStateMHKY pic.twitter.com/LKyRgvh1Au

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