Hurricanes rookie Aho named NHL’s 1st Star of the Week

RALEIGH, NC – The National Hockey League announced today that Carolina Hurricanes rookie Sebastian Aho has been named one of the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week for the week ending February 5th.  Aho was named the league’s number one Star of the Week, while Mikael Granlund of the Minnesota Wild was the Second Star of the Week and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Peter Budaj was the league’s Third Star of the Week.

In the Hurricanes three wins this week, Aho, 19, would record 5 points(4 goals, 1 assist), and earned a plus-3 plus/minus rating in the games against the Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oliers

in Raleigh, and on the road in Brooklyn against the New York Islanders.  In the game on Tuesday against the Flyers, Aho would record his first-career hat trick and earned an assist in the 5-1 Hurricanes win over the Flyers at PNC Arena, and was credited with the game-winning goal on the power-play in Carolina’s 2-1 win over Edmonton back on Friday.

Drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round, 35th overall, of the 2015 NHL Draft, Aho(5’11”, 172 lbs.) currently ranks third among NHL rookies with 16 goals this season, while his 126 shots rank him tied for second among rookies and his 31 points(16 goals, 15 assists) rank him second among NHL rookies this season.  Just prior to the start of the season, Aho represented his home country of Finland in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and he has also represented his native country in a number of international competitions, including 2016 IIHF World Championship and 2016 World Junior Championship.

The Carolina Hurricanes(24-20-7, 55 points) continue their three-game road trip tomorrow night in Washington as they take on the Capitals(36-11-6, 78 points) in a Metropolitan Division showdown at the Verizon Center(7:00 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network).