The 2022-23 National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s (NCHC) All-Rookie Team has been announced. University of North Dakota freshman Jackson Blake was unanimously voted onto the All-Rookie Team.
Blake earned all 15 possible first-team votes giving him 45 total points. Western Michigan’s Ryan McAllister was given 14 of 15 first-team votes for 43 points, Minnesota Duluth’s received 12 first-team votes for 39 points, Omaha’s Joaquim Lemay (37 points) and Jacob Guevin (35 points) tallied 11 first-team votes, and Colorado College goaltender Kaiden Mbereko earned 36 points on 10 first-team votes.
Blake led all NCHC rookies in points scored in conference games with 29 total points on 10 goals and 19 assists in 24 league games, good for second among all players in the conference. His 29 conference game points is third-most in NCHC history.
The Eden Prairie, Minn., native is a Carolina Hurricanes draft pick and earned two NCHC Rookie of the Month awards this season. In 35 games this season, Blake has scored 15 goals and tallied 25 assists for 40 total points. His 40 points ranks second among NCHC rookies and fourth among all NCHC skaters.
The NCHC All-Rookie team is voted on by all eight head coaches within the conference and eight media members, one covering each team. The coaches and media members vote for six forward, four defensemen, and two goaltenders. The voters award players with first-team and second-team votes for each team (three forwards, two defensemen, and one goaltender). Coaches are NOT allowed to vote for their own players, making 15 first-place votes the most a single player can receive.
2022-23 NCHC All-Rookie Team
F: Jackson Blake, North Dakota – 45 points (15 first-team votes) –unanimous
F: Ryan McAllister, Western Michigan – 43 (14)
F: Ben Steeves, Minnesota Duluth – 39 (12)
D: Joaquim Lemay, Omaha – 37 (11)
D: Jacob Guevin, Omaha – 35 (11)
G: Kaidan Mbereko, Colorado College – 36 (10)