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Choupani and Lovell Named to USHL All-Rookie Second Team

May 1, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Des Moines Buccaneers News Release

DES MOINES - Forward Matt Choupani (2002) and Defenseman Timothy Lovell (2002) were both named to the USHL All-Rookie Second Team, as announced earlier today by the league office.

Choupani was the top rookie scorer on the Bucs' roster this season and finished fourth in the league in rookie goals as well as sixth overall amongst rookies in points. The Northeastern University commit tallied 17 goals and 14 assists for a total of 31 points through 47 games played, landing him second on the team in goals scored. He was acquired by Des Moines in the 2nd Round (23rd Overall) of the 2019 USHL Phase II Draft

"I'd like to thank the USHL for selecting me, it's a huge honor," Choupani said. "Thanks also to all who made this possible within the Bucs organization, especially my teammates and coaches."

Lovell was recently ranked #182 amongst North American Skaters on the NHL Central Scouting's Final Draft Rankings ahead of the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft. The Boston College commit played in 31 games for the Buccaneers and accrued five goals and 12 assists for 17 points. 12 of those 17 points came on the power play, as Lovell paced all Des Moines Defenseman in power play goals, assists, and points (3-9-12).

"A big thank you to the USHL for this honor, this season was a very enjoyable one and the USHL is a great league," Lovell said. "Obviously, my teammates and coaches were a huge part of the success this season so thanks to them as well."

Choupani and Lovell are the first Bucs to be named to an All-Rookie Team since Forward Isaac Johnson and Defenseman Mario Ferraro earned All-Rookie honors in the 2016-17 season.

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