Originally written June 15, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
After a season short on good tidings, the Florida Panthers got a bit of good news Saturday, when center Jonathan Huberdeau was awarded Calder Memorial Trophy, given to the NHL's top rookie. Huberdeau, a rookie from Saint-Jerome, Quebec, Canada, was second on the Panthers with 14 goals and 31 points in the lockout-shortened 48-game regular season. He is the first Florida player to win the Rookie of the Year award. His 31 points were tied for the most by a rookie this season and finished third among first-year players in goals and tied for fourth with 17 assists. The entire Florida Panthers organization is very proud of Jonathan and we commend him on earning this very special honor, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a release. He is a young, skilled and dynamic player who handled himself with both class and professionalism throughout his exceptional rookie season. Jonathan is hard working and dedicated player who is an important part of our young nucleus of talent th...
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