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Notre Dame's Tynan is CHN Rookie of the Year

CHN Staff Report

Notre Dame forward T.J. Tynan has captured College Hockey News' 2011 Rookie of the Year Award, in a close race.

Tynan edged out Colorado College's Jaden Schwartz, Denver's Jason Zucker and his own teammate, Anders Lee, for the honor.

The 5-foot-8 Tynan leads the Irish in scoring this season with 53 points on 22 goals and 31 assists. He is also third on Notre Dame with a plus-18 rating, and helped lead his team to the Frozen Four. He had some of his best games this season against Miami, going 3-5—8 in five games against the RedHawks.

"He is an extremely smart player," Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said. "He knows how to find open people. He knows how to get open. Those are God-given skills that he has that allow him to be creative and make plays. Probably the thing that makes him most effective is that he competes so hard. He's not afraid to get to the dirty areas in front of the net."

Tynan, 19, is a native of Orland Park, Ill. He came to Notre Dame from the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL, and he's also played for the U.S. Under-18 Select team. He was planning to attend Notre Dame in 2011-12, but came in early after Kyle Palmieri signed with the NHL's Anaheim Ducks late last summer.

Tynan is undrafted.

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