The Central Hockey League's criteria for its Rookie of the Year award is "presented annually to the CHL player adjudged to be the most proficient in his first year of professional competition."
| Sebastien Centomo has had a rapid rise to the NHL. |
Sebastien Centomo was only in the CHL for half a season, before moving up to the American Hockey League and eventually to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. That success made Centomo an overwhelming choice of voters for CHL Rookie of the Year.
In 19 games with the RiverKings, Centomo posted a dazzling 16-1-0 record with a 2.09 goals against average and a remarkable .934 save percentage. It was numbers like that, and his positional play that let RiverKings coach Doug Shedden know Centomo would be climbing the hockey ladder very quickly.
"A guy goes from the Central League to the NHL in his first year I guess that does make him the CHL rookie of the year," Shedden said. "Sebastien has a great future ahead of him and we're glad to say he got his professional start in Memphis."
Centomo was named on 23 of the 50 ballots cast by CHL coaches, team personnel, and media members. Runner-up Peter Bournazakis of the Indianapolis Ice received nine votes.
After his call-up to the St. John's Maple Leafs, Centomo continued his stellar play. He appeared in 15 games posting an 8-4-2 record, with a 2.39 goals against average and .932 save percentage. That led to his call-up to Toronto on February 27th.
Centomo becomes the third RiverKing to win the CHL Rookie of the Year award in the team's 10-year history. Chad Siebel was CHL Rookie of the Year in 1993-94 and Derek Grant won the honor in 1995-96.