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Nathan MacKinnon Named Calder Trophy Finalist

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has been named one of the three finalists for the NHL Calder Trophy, given to the league’s top rookie. Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the other two finalists.

MacKinnon, the #1 overall pick by the Avalanche in last years draft, led all rookies in points with 63 and tied with Johnson in goals with 24. He also played in all 82 games for the Avs and was a big part in helping the team win the central division.

This marks the third time in five seasons that the Avalanche have had a finalist for the Calder Trophy. Matt Duchene finished third in voting in 2010 while Gabriel Landeskog won the award in 2012.

MacKinnon’s nomination comes one day after Ryan O’Reilly was nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

The award will be handed out at the annual NHL Awards Ceremony, which takes place after the Stanley Cup Final.

We here at Mile High Sticking would like to congratulate MacKinnon on his nomination.

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