SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced Sioux Falls Stampede forward Cole Sillinger and defenseman Brent Johnson were named to the 2020–21 All-USHL Rookie First Team for their performances during the season. Sillinger was the only player to receive unanimous selection by a league vote of all member club general managers.
Forward Cole Sillinger completed his rookie season with 46 points from 24 goals and 22 assists in 31 games played. Sillinger joined the Stampede on loan from the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) due to coronavirus restrictions in Canada on January 10. He quickly rose to the top of the team and league scoresheet, setting a club record 14-game point streak along the way. He finished the season with a career 1.48 points per game to break the 1.42 franchise record set by Thomas Vanek.
Sillinger is considered a top prospect for the 2021 NHL Draft and was recently named to the all-USHL second team and was awarded USHL rookie of the year.
Rookie defenseman Brent Johnson tallied 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points in 47 games played this season. Johnson broke a franchise goal-scoring record for a rookie defenseman. He quickly earned widespread recognition for his offensive playmaking abilities and is a potential round two or three draft pick in the upcoming NHL Draft.
Johnson is committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of North Dakota next season and was also recently named to the all-USHL second team.
Seven former players have been named the all USHL first team in club history: Evan Nause (2019-20), Ryan Johnson (2018-19), Kieffer Bellows (2014-15), Tony Calderone (2012-13),
Rookie players are classified as players in their first year of NHL Draft eligibility and played less than 10 games in the United States Hockey League over previous seasons.