Top Draft Pick Alex Newhook Scores 1st Pro Goal With Colorado Eagles
2019 Colorado Avalanche first round pick Alex Newhook signed his pro contract earlier this month and suited up for the AHL's Colorado Eagles.
It didn't take the former 16th overall pick who starred collegiately at Boston College to make an impact.
Newhook made an assist and scored a goal four minutes apart during his second career pro game last Wednesday (April 14). The Colorado Eagles won that game 6-2 over the Bakersfield Condors.
Here's a look at Newhook's first pro goal, which came on the Budweiser Events Center ice in Loveland.
The Denver Post reports the Colorado Avalanche won't rush Newhook to the NHL — the team wants him to get valuable ice time rather than playing limited minutes in Denver.
“I’m excited to get with the Eagles, first off, and start playing more games and learning from the coaching staff there,” Newhook told the Denver Post. “But yeah, obviously, the end goal is to be with the big club and something I’ll continue to work towards every day.”
The 20-year-old Newhook had made an immediate impact in college hockey. He received the Tim Taylor Award for being the NCAA Division I Rookie of the Year as a freshman in the 2019-20 season. He collected 42 points that season with 19 goals and 23 assists. He was the hero with four game-winning goals during that freshman campaign.
While quarantine protocols limited his most recent season to just 12 games, Newhook was productive in the small sample size with 7 goals and 9 assists.
The Canadian native to St. John's, Newfoundland also played in the the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Colorado Eagles Games This Week
- 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tucson Roadrunners
- 8 p.m. Friday at Tucson Roadrunners
- 6 p.m. Sunday at Tucson Roadrunners
The Eagle's Nest Notebook is a weekly Monday look at the Colorado Eagles professional minor league hockey team. The Eagles are affiliated with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche.