Jordan Kawaguchi named NCHC Player of the Month

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND Athletics) – Junior forward Jordan Kawaguchi has added another accolade to his strong 2019-20 campaign, earning National Collegiate Hockey Conference Player of the Month honors for January.

The Abbotsford, B.C., native helped UND finish the month with a 6-2-1 record plus the No. 1 ranking in both national polls and the Pairwise rankings. Over those nine games, Kawaguchi registered points in eight, scored a goal in five, and had an assist in all but two for a conference-leading 14 points in January. Those 14 points also sat second in the entire country, as the junior continues to climb up the national ranks.

Despite four of those nine games being away from Grand Forks, Kawaguchi piled up seven points outside of Ralph Engelstad Arena and guided the Fighting Hawks to a 2-1-1 road mark, highlighted by a comeback victory over No. 11 Minnesota Duluth. The junior also racked up eight points on the power play to lead the country and finished tied atop the conference leaderboard with six total goals.

On the season, Kawaguchi paces the NCHC and is second in the nation with 41 points. His five game-winning tallies lead everyone and his 26 assists sit tied for fifth in the NCAA and second in the conference.

This is the fourth time this season a UND player has garnered a monthly award from the league and Kawaguchi’s second of the season (November).

North Dakota returns to the ice on Feb. 14-15 for a showdown against No. 7 Denver from the Ralph.