May 17, 2012 - United States Hockey League (USHL)
Chicago, IL - The United States Hockey League today announced that Waterloo Black Hawks forward Taylor Cammarata has been selected as the 2011-12 USHL Rookie of the Year as determined by a vote of USHL coaches and general managers.
Cammarata played all 60 regular season games for the Black Hawks and led the team with 69 points (27g, 42a). It was the most points scored by a 16-year-old in the USHL Tier I era (2002-present) and was the sixth highest point total in the League this season. His 42 assists were the fifth most in the League and his 27 goals tied for 10th among all USHL players. Cammarata was also one of the top shooters in the League as his .211 shooting percentage was the fourth best mark overall.
The forward had several highlights during his rookie USHL season, including putting together a five-game goal streak from November 11-24th during which he scored an impressive eight goals over that stretch and led his team to a perfect 5-0-0 record.
The Plymouth, Minnesota native recorded his first USHL career hat trick (3g) on January 14th during a 6-3 win over Sioux City and then had a career high five points (2g, 3a) in the 7-0 victory against Sioux Falls on March 23rd. He helped Waterloo finish with a 35-19-6 record (76 points) and a third place finish in the Western Conference, just four points behind the top spot.
"From his first game of this season for the Black Hawks, through the Clark Cup Final series now underway, Taylor has simply been one of the best players on the ice every night," said USHL President and Commissioner Skip Prince. "His maturity on and off the ice are extraordinary for one of the League's youngest players, and he reflects everything we believe the League needs to stand for and provide to players with his level of talent and dedication. Congratulations to Taylor on the USHL Rookie of the Year award, and to head coach P.K. O'Handley and the Waterloo Black Hawks for helping him earn the honor."
Cammarata was selected first overall by the Black Hawks in the 2011 USHL Futures Draft. The recently turned 17-year-old is committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota following his USHL career.
Cammarata is the second Waterloo Black Hawks player to earn the USHL Rookie of the Year award, joining Joe Pavelski who captured the honors following the 2002-03 season.