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Holland’s Lane Hutson wins NHL excellence award at Stanley Cup final

USA Hockey’s Lane Hutson, a native of Holland, Michigan, became the first American to win the National Hockey League’s EJ McGuire Award of Excellence, presented annually to a candidate who best exemplifies commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness, and athleticism.

The defenseman with the National Team Development Program Under-18 team recorded a team-high 53 assists with 10 goals in 60 games. At the U18 world championships, Hutson was named the best defenseman of the tournament helping Team USA earn a silver medal.

“As a 5’8” defenseman, any description of Lane has always referenced his size,” said Dan Marr, the director of NHL Central Scouting. “One of his more appealing traits is his ability to use that size to an advantage and dispel any perceived limitations. His passion for the game has earned him the respect of teammates and opponents alike – a special player who will find his way into an NHL line-up and be a positive influence for others along the way.”

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