Yesterday, we announced that Hannah Bilka was our Female Rookie of the Year. Today, we announce that Spencer Knight is our male rookie of the year. Knight beat out teammate Alex Newhook and men’s basketball’s Jay Heath for the award.
Ok, ok, we kind of let the cat out of the bag last week, but you can’t say that Knight doesn’t deserve it. After a few rough games to start the year, Knight spent most of the year establishing himself as one of the top netminders in the country. Knight finished the year ninth in the country with a 1.97 goals against average, and tied for ninth in the country with a .931 save percentage. Knight also posted five shutouts on the year, most notably at Massachusetts, one of the top teams in the league this year, and Notre Dame at home.
And, also, in the time since I accidentally released this two weeks ago, he was named a finalist for the MIke Richter Award for top netminder in the country. Not too shabby.
Knight, who was called up for international duty at the World Junior Classic, was the thirteenth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, and his rights are currently owned by the Florida Panthers.