The accolades continue to pour in for the University of Wisconsin program as former Badger captain Ben Street has been named the 2011 CCM ECHL Rookie of the Year.
According to the release, "The award is presented annually to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the ECHL as voted by the coaches of the ECHL teams. The trophy was named in honor of John A. Daley in 1997. Daley, who passed away in 1996, was one of the founding fathers of the ECHL, serving as general manger and minority owner of the Johnstown Chiefs from the inception of the team in 1988 until 1994."
Street appeared in two NCAA title games while playing for Wisconsin, winning a ring as a part of the 2006 championship squad. Street spent 5 years at Wisconsin, taking a medical red-shirt during the 08-09 season after tearing his ACL 4 games into the season. Street finished his Badger career with 93 points.
The Coquitlam, British Columbia native recorded 24 goals and 27 assists for 51 points in only 38 for the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL this season before being called up to the American Hockey League with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin where he registered 21 points in 33 games.
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