Star incoming freshman Alex Newhook has been drafted #16 overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2019 NHL draft. Despite being picked midway through the first round, Newhook is the third (!) Eagle to be picked in this year’s draft, which should feature some other Eagles in a strong incoming class as well.
Newhook comes to the Heights from Victoria of the BCHL in Canada, and put up some pretty impressive numbers in a so-so league. He was BCHL Rookie of the Year in 2018 after putting up a 22-44—66 line in 45 games, but really exploded in year two with a 38-64—102 line in 53 games, enough to be league scoring champion. He’s known as a super-fast skater with excellent puck-handling skills... quite an exciting combination.
Interestingly, there’s a debate to be had over who in his family can claim to be the more elite hockey talent — Alex’s sister, Abby, is an elite women’s hockey recruit who is also committed to Boston College, though she won’t be starting at the Heights until the 2021-2022 season. According to Alex, Abby is even better than he is:
Given the state of men’s college hockey the last several years, it might be much to ask an elite player like Alex Newhook to stay for three years, but if he wants to be at the university with his sister, perhaps he can be persuaded to stick around for a bit.
Congratulations to Alex on being drafted by the Avalanche, and we look forward to seeing him play on the Heights!