The United States Hockey League today announced that Andrew Peeke of the Gamblers has been named the 2016 recipient of the USHL Scholar-Athlete Award and USHL All-Academic Team.
It was the first USHL season for Peeke after the Gamblers selected him in the 2014 USHL Phase I Draft in the 2nd round, 26th overall. The Parkland, FL native is a product of the Selects Hockey Academy (USPHL), where he spent two seasons with Selects, including their 2014 USPHL Championship campaign.
Peeke recently graduated from Ashwaubenon High School in Green Bay, WI, finishing his four years with a cumulative grand-point-average of 4.12 on a 4.00 scale and was ranked 13th out of 254 students in his graduating class. In addition to his course work and athletic achievements, Peeke was able to complete six times the amount of community service required to graduate with his peers. Peeke represented his country this season skating for USA Hockey at the World Junior A Challenge, where he and his teammates won a bronze medal, in addition to representing the United States at the 2015 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament last season.
Peeke was enrolled in a rigorous course schedule that included AP Statistics, Environmental Science, Grammar and Writing, and a domestic politics and citizenship class. Despite being allowed a modified schedule for hockey, Peeke graduated with an three credit hours more than was required to graduate.
Peeke’s high school counselor Heidi Beimer noted the Peeke can frequently be seen taking time to talk to his teachers and peers, and has always been a role model for the community. She also noted the rigorous grading scale in Wisconsin that features one of the nation’s highest thresholds for grades awarded.
The University of Notre Dame commit has been featured on NHL Central Scouting rankings all season long as one of the top defenseman in the North America. Peeke was ranked 57th in their most recent ranking. The defenseman finished the season with 30 points in 56 games with a +7 rating. Peeke added two points in four games in Clark Cup Playoffs.
Today, the United States Hockey League announced that Gamblers defenseman Cam Lee was named to the 2016 All-USHL Third Team as determined by a vote of League general managers.
Cam Lee finished fourth among all USHL defensemen in scoring with 39 points (6 G, 33 A). He was fourth on the Gamblers in scoring as well, and his 33 assists where second on the team. He was named USHL Defenseman of the Week on both December 21st and March 14th. He had a season-high three-assist game on January 2nd vs. Cedar Rapids and a four-game point streak from March 4th to March 12th. On January 4th, the Ferguson, Nova Scotia native announced he will play his college hockey at Western Michigan University.
Today, the United States Hockey League announced that Gamblers goaltender Adam Huska was named to the 2016 All-USHL 1st Team as determined by a vote of League general managers.
Huska was named USHL Goaltender of the Year after a season where he set the Tier 1 era record for lowest goals against average in a season at 1.82. He also led the league with a .931 SV%, which was the lowest since former Lincoln Stars goaltender David Reekie posted a .935 SV% during the 2007-08 season. Huska played in 37 games and finished with a 26-9-2 record, helping lead Green Bay to the second seed in the Eastern Conference. He finished third among all goaltenders with those 26 wins, and he also picked up four shutouts over the course of the year. He was named USHL Goaltender of the Week on both November 24th and December 14th, and he also was a member of Team Slovakia for the World Junior Championships, appearing in five contests. Huska was selected by the New York Rangers in the seventh round (184th overall) at the 2015 NHL Draft, and he will be attending to the University of Connecticut following his USHL career.
The USHL has named Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Andrew Peeke to the 2015-16 USHL All-Rookie First Team as determined by a vote of league general managers.
The 18-year old Peeke finished 11th in rookie scoring with 30 points (4 G, 26 A). His 30 points was second for rookie defensemen. The 26 assists were fifth among all rookies and second among all first-year defensemen behind only Jacob Bryson. The Parkland, FL native helped the Gamblers to a 37-16-4-3 record and the number two seed in the Eastern Conference. He had a four-game point streak from March 26th to April 3rd, and he also played in both the World Junior A Challenge as well as the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, where he pick up an assist. Prior to his time in Green Bay, Peeke played for Selects Hockey Academy. He is currently ranked 57th on the NHL Central Scouting North American Skater List, and is a prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft. Peeke is committed to the University of Notre Dame.
The USHL All-Rookie Teams recognize the top players who were born after September 15, 1997, with less than 10 games USHL experience in any prior season.
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