Aaron Lewicki (Livonia), who played for the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team from 2006-10 and is a current member of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, has been named to the Central Hockey League's (CHL) All-Rookie Team in a recent announcement.
With his selection, Lewicki is now one of five finalists for the CHL's Rookie of the Year Award which will be announced this Wednesday (March 23). Earlier this season, Lewicki was selected as a 2011 CHL All-Star Team representative.
Lewicki presently leads all CHL rookies in points (50), goals (22), and assists (28) in 59 games for Rio Grande this season. The 6-0, 202-pound forward has tallied seven power-play goals, three short-handed lamplighters, and four game-winning markers this season for the Killer Bees under head coach Chris Brooks. Among the Rio Grande's scoring leaders, Lewicki currently is tied for third in points while ranking third in both goals scored and assists. His four game-winning tallies represent the second most on the 2010-11 squad.
In the CHL this season, Lewicki is presently in a four-way tie for 46th place on the league's best points producers list overall and is tied for 43rd place among the league's top scoring forwards.
"Aaron has had a great rookie year," said Brooks. "He has stepped into pro hockey right out of college and played an integral role on our team. He can be counted on in every situation. This is a well deserved honor for Aaron."
Lewicki joined Rio Grande Valley, which is based in Hidalgo, Texas, following training camp and started this 2010-11 season on the injured reserve list. The former Bulldog netted his first professional goal on Oct. 29 against the Wichita (Kan.) Thunder in Lewicki's second appearane of the season. He then went on to tally the Cricket Mayor's Cup deciding goal versus the Laredo (Texas) Bucks on Feb. 26. This season, Rio Grande Valley has posted a 24-33-6 record (54 league points) in the CHL's nine-team Berry Conference.
A three-time Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Scholar-Athlete representative, Lewicki concluded his four-year career at Ferris State with 71 points on 35 goals with 36 assists in 148 games. He was honored in 2009-10 as the recipient of the CCHA's Terry Flanagan Memorial Award for overcoming personal adversity and being an active member on the university campus along with in the surrounding community. Lewicki played a key role in leading Ferris State to an appearance in the 2010 CCHA Championships for the first time since the 2002-03 season as the nationally-ranked Bulldogs posted a 21-13-6 overall record in 2009-10. The 21 victories by the 2009-10 team represented a tie for the fourth-highest season wins total in the program's history.