Graovac Named CHL Sportsman of the Year

Wild prospect Tyler Graovac was honored at the Canadian Hockey League Awards ceremony when he was named the FRAM Sportsman of the Year. The 19-year old was named the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player earlier this spring.

Graovac, who was traded from the Ottawa 67’s to the Belleville Bulls mid-season led the Bulls in scoring with 38 goals and 35 assists for 73 points in 60 games. His 18 penalty minutes was the lowest amount for any player among the OHL’s top-20 scorers.

The 19-year old signed an entry-level contract with the Wild on April 2, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

“I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank the CHL, the Ottawa 67’s, and the Belleville Bulls for the opportunity to develop my game,” Graovac said after accepting the award in Saskatoon on Friday. “This is a very prestigious award and I’m honored to receive it.”

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