EDMONTON, AB (March 23, 2019) – The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) is pleased to announce Andrew Kartusch of the MacEwan University Griffins has been selected as the 2018-19 ACAC Men's Hockey Rookie of the Year.
The former captain of the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League excelled in his first season in the ACAC, leading all rookie blueliners in scoring with three goals and 19 points in 25 games. That led all Griffins defencemen in scoring and was sixth amongst all ACAC rearguards.
In addition, the Red Deer native consistently plays against the opposition's best players in all situations for the Griffins and has grown into an elite two-way defenceman.
"His approach on a day to day (basis) is refreshing," said MacEwan head coach Michael Ringrose. "He comes to the rink and has always got a smile on his face. He wants to work at his game and continue to get better. He's loved by his teammates and in return they believe in him.
"He's had an exceptional rookie campaign for us. He's worked his way up through the lineup and plays in every situation now. He's certainly deserving of the award he's receiving from the ACAC."
This prestigious award will be presented to Kartusch at the 2019 ACAC Men's Hockey Championship Ceremony held on March 23 in Edmonton.
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About the ACAC: The ACAC is the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Alberta. Its mission is to provide competitive collegiate sport experiences, promote academic achievement and be a leader of sport development in Canada.
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For additional information, contact:
Mark Kosak, ACAC
Chief Executive Officer
Kenneth Schildroth, MacEwan
Director of Athletics
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