CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte Checkers forward Lucas Wallmark was named the CCM AHL Rookie of the Month for January, after a red-hot January that saw him score seven goals, which tied
him for the most among all rookie skaters, and it is also good to tie him for fourth overall during that time, which puts him one behind the league leader. The 21-year-old Wallmark was tied for the team lead in January with nine points and he’s currently second on the team in scoring, putting him three points behind first-year player Andrew Poturalski, making the Checkers one of just two teams in the 30-member American Hockey League whose two top scorers are rookies.
Selected by the Carolina Hurricanes, the Checkers parent club, in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft, Wallmark(6’0″, 176 lbs.), made the jump to North America this season after three seasons with Lulea of the Swedish Hockey League(SHL), and he is the first player in Charlotte’s seven year AHL history to earn the AHL’s Rookie of the Month honor and is just the second Checkers player to earn any of the league’s monthly awards since former Checker Zach Boychuk won the AHL’s Player of the Month award during the 2013-14 campaign.
Wallmark’s 15 goals on the season are good for fourth among all AHL rookies, and he is already tied for the third-highest single-season total by a Checkers rookie ever and he is just one shy of tying former Charlotte Checker Victor Rask, who is now with the Hurricanes, for the number two spot on the list. The franchise record is at 23, which was set by Zac Dalpe in the Checkers inaugural American Hockey League campaign back in 2010-11.
The Charlotte Checkers will return to action tomorrow night in Tucson as they face the Tucson Roadrunners in a back-to-back set, while the next Checkers home game at Bojangles’ Coliseum will be on February 10th, when they welcome in the Stockton Heat.