Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who finished second in the NHL's Rookie of the Year voting last season, has been named the Philadelphia Pro Athlete of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.
Ghost will be among the many honorees at the 113th annual banquet held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill on Feb. 3.
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"Just to be associated with the award is something special to me and my family as well," Gostisbehere said. "It's a tremendous honor."
After being recalled from the AHL in November 2015, Gostisbehere scored 17 goals — a record for a Flyers rookie defenseman — and accelerated the team's drive to capture a playoff berth.
"I didn’t think I was going to come in and make the impact I did," said Gostisbehere, who missed most of the previous season with the AHL’s Phantoms after undergoing knee surgery.
"But I came in wanting to contribute to the team and help the team along the way. That’s what stuck with me all the way: Just put the individual stuff to the side and keep your teammates always with you."
With Gostisbehere in the lineup, the Flyers went 34-19-11. They were 7-8-3 without him.
He finished with 46 points — fifth among rookie scoring and took second in the Calder Trophy voting as NHL Rookie of the Year. He also set a rookie defensemen record with a 15-game point streak.
This year's banquet will salute NCAA champion Villanova as the Team of the Year, as well.
Other award winners will be announced in upcoming weeks. For tickets, go to www.phillysportswriters.com.