Falkovsky named CCM/ECHL Rookie of the Month

Adirondack Thunder defenseman Stepan Falkovsky has been named the CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month for February.

The 20-year-old scored 12 goals, added three assists and was a +7 in 13 games in February, helping the Thunder to an 8-2-3 record during the month.

Falkovsky picked up at least one point in 10 of 13 games, including three points (1g-2a) in a 4-3 win at Norfolk on Feb. 1 and his first professional hat trick, in addition to the lone goal in the shootout, in a 4-3 victory against Brampton on Feb. 25. Eight of his 12 goals in February were scored on the power play.

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Falkovsky leads ECHL defensemen with 20 goals - becoming the first defenseman since Aaron Schneekloth in 2011-12 to reach the 20-goal plateau - and 14 power-play goals. He won the Hardest Shot competition at the 2017 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic, registering a shot of 99 miles per hour.

Selected by the Calgary Flames in the seventh round (186th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Falkovsky spent last season with Ottawa of the Ontario Hockey League where he posted 32 points (9g-23a) in 58 games. He also represented Belarus at the 2016 World Junior Championship.

Runners Up: Michael Joly, Greenville (13 gp, 8g, 8a, 16 pts.) and Tyson Spink, Toledo (13 gp, 11g, 8a, 19 pts.).

Also Nominated: Mike Cazzola (Fort Wayne), Will Merchant (Idaho), Alex Gacek (Orlando), Michael Parks (Quad City), Colin Martin (Utah) and Kevin Schulze (Wheeling).


October           Tyson Spink, Toledo Walleye

November      Steven McParland, South Carolina Stingrays

December      Mike Cazzola, Fort Wayne Komets

January           Ralph Cuddemi, Utah Grizzlies