Pictou County Weeks Crushers forward Dylan Riley is the MHL’s finalist for the Canadian Junior Hockey League rookie of the year.
The diminutive 18-year-old from Falmouth, N.S., scored 25 times and registered 69 points leading all MHL rookies in both categories.
A back-to-back winner of the MHL Rookie of the Month Award in January and February, Riley recorded points in nine of his first 11 MHL games and added to his totals from there. His 21 multi-point outings, including a six-point effort on February 26, helped drive the Crushers to the top of the MHL regular season standings.
Riley recorded six goals and 12 assists in nine games in February, by far the highest point total in any given month for a first-year player in 2016-17.
In eight games during January, Riley collected five goals and added four assists.
Riley joined the Crushers from the Valley Wildcats of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. He was that league’s 2015-16 most valuable player and led the league’s regular season with 30 goals and 53 points.
Riley’s name as a rookie finalist comes as the CJHL awaits the outcome of regional championships, including the Fred Page Cup in Quebec.