Its time to shine the spotlight back on everyone’s favorite Boston College freshman and highlight the season Alex Newhook is currently enjoying.
Goal scoring has become Newhook’s calling card thus far in his collegiate career despite leaning a little more toward playmaking with the Victoria Grizzlies in the BCHL. He uses his slick hands and strong, elusive skating to create space and snipes such as this one seen below. His scoring has been pretty consistent especially since the holiday break with Newhook scoring a goal in seven and a point in nine of the 11 games in this calendar year.
As @TomBrady would say, pliability is key!
— Hockey East (@hockey_east) January 18, 2020
Newhook has found success on the power play and is a key fixture despite being a freshman. At the historic Beanpot tournament he opened the scoring with this tremendous read and react seen below on the man advantage which ended with a perfect placement above the goaltender. Unfortunately Boston College lost the semi-final match 5-4 against Boston University in a wild third period and subsequent overtime.
Receive pass. Top shelf. Celly.
— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 4, 2020
Newhook can also score shorthanded goals as he is often part of one of the secondary penalty killing units. He uses his speed and quick hands to convert in these situations as seen below.
— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 8, 2020
Newhook was named co-rookie of the week for his four point week. This is the second time Newhook has been honored as he took the weekly honors home in January. From the press release:
Newhook now leads all Hockey East freshmen in goals with 12. The Newfoundland native is fourth among NCAA rookies in scoring average with 24 points in 25 games and has at least one point in 15 of his last 19 contests. He has scored six goals in his last nine games and has three multi-point games in his last five.
Newhook celebrated the honors by adding a goal and assist to his above totals in the Beanpot consolation game against Harvard including another shorthanded goal which brings his tally to three and ties him with the most in the NCAA.
As the season winds down questions will get louder into the spring speculating if Newhook will sign with the Avalanche and leave school after his freshman season. While the scoring impact has been nice to see so early on it would probably benefit Newhook to complete more of his development in the NCAA and not risk getting misplaced in the AHL especially with some defensive details to still iron out. His arrival in Colorado should be sooner than later though.
Credit Boston College for the photo