April 14, 2014, PENTICTON, BC (ISN) – Former Penticton Vees forward and current Texas Star Curtis McKenzie, has been voted the winner of the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding rookie.
McKenzie, 23, just completed his first full season in the AHL with the Texas Stars, the affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars. In 73 games, McKenzie compiled 26 goals and 64 points, which in ninth-best in the AHL scoring race. Among AHL rookies he ranks first in points, assists, power-play points (33), power-play assists (23) and is tied for third in power-play goals (10). McKenzie was named the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for December, and was just named to the AHL All-Rookie team last week. McKenzie and the Stars have already clinched the West Division with a 47-17-3-7 record.
McKenzie played two seasons in Penticton (2007-2009) and in 2008, helped bring a Fred Page Cup championship back to Penticton for the first time in 22-years. In his two seasons with the Vees, McKenzie amassed 36 goals and 85 points in 120 games. The Golden, BC native went on to play four years at the University of Miami-Ohio, where he compiled 29 goals and 80 points in 158 games, helping the Redhawks to a Frozen Four appearance in 2010.
Previous winners of the AHL Rookie of the Year award include Terry Sawchuk (1949), Darryl Sutter (1980), Steve Thomas (1985), Ron Hextall (1986), Brett Hull (1987) and Daniel Briere (1998).