Photo by Andrew Knapik/MiHockey

Kyle Connor named B1G first star of the week again; Selman third star

Photo by Andrew Knapik/MiHockey
Photo by Andrew Knapik/MiHockey


By @MichaelCaples –

It’s really just not fair to everybody else at this point.

The Big Ten announced its stars of the week list today, and once again, Kyle Connor leads the way.

The Wolverines’ freshman standout is the league’s first star after having two two-goal outings against Penn State in the final week of the regular season. In doing so, he became the first freshman NCAA player to score 30 goals in a season since Thomas Vanek (Minnesota, 2002-03) and the first Wolverines rookie to accomplish the feat since Denny Felsner in 1988-89.

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It is his seventh weekly award of the season; he was last named the first star of Feb. 23.

Connor powered the Wolverines to a weekend sweep of the Nittany Lions – 6-1 and 7-1 triumphs to send the UM seniors out in style. The Wolverines begin the Big Ten Tournament on Friday, after earning a bye in the first round. They will take on the winner of the Penn State vs. Wisconsin quarterfinal; puck drops Friday at 4 p.m. CT in Minnesota.

Connor holds a nine point lead in the NCAA scoring race (over linemate JT Compher) with 61 points in 34 games.

Meanwhile, Justin Selman was named the conference’s third star, after an impressive showing on his senior weekend. The native of Upper Saddle River, N.J., posted a conference-best five points – two goals and an assist on Friday, and two more helpers on Saturday.

It was Selman’s fourth career B1G weekly honor, and third of the 2015-16 season.