CHN Rookie of the Year: Jon Gillies
CHN Staff Report
Providence made another big leap this year, the second under coach Nate Leaman. And a lot of that was because of freshman goalie Jon Gillies.
Gillies, a member of the United States' gold-medal-winner World Junior team this past year, finished the season 17-12-6 with a 2.08 goals against average and .931 save percentage. Without him in the lineup, the Friars were 0-2-1. For all of that, he's been named College Hockey News Rookie of the Year.
A 6-foot-5 goaltender from South Portland, Maine, Gillies was originally committed to attend Northeastern before switching to Providence after Leaman became coach. He was selected by Calgary in the fourth round of last year's NHL Draft.
Gillies recorded six shutouts this season, including a 31-save performance against Mass.-Lowell on March 8 that temporarily put the Friars into first place in Hockey East.
Previous CHN Rookie of the Year winners
2012 Joey LaLeggia, Denver
2011 T.J. Tynan, Notre Dame
2010 Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack
2009 Jordan Schroeder, Minnesota
2008 Richard Bachman, Colorado College