SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Stampede and United States Hockey League (USHL) announced Monday forward Cole Sillinger was named the 2020–21 USHL Rookie of the Year as determined by a vote of League coaches and general managers.
Sillinger appeared in 31 games for the Stampede, producing 46 points on 24 goals and 22 assists. He joined the team on loan from the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) on January 10 due to coronavirus restrictions in Canada. His 24 goals and 1.48 points per game were the highest among rookie skaters in 20 or more games played.
The Regina, Saskatchewan, native recorded a 14-game point streak between February 19 and March 27, tallying 12 goals and 11 assists over that time span. Sillinger is considered a top prospect for the 2021 NHL Draft and is scheduled to return to Medicine Hat next season.
Sillinger becomes the fourth player in team history to win the award with forward Kieffer Bellows as the most recent winner after his performance over the 2014–15 season. Jack Connolly (2007–08) and Matthew Ford (2003–04) are other former recipients of the accolade.