The Winnipeg ICE are the current home of the Western Hockey League’s Rookie of the Month. The league has announced that first-year forward Michal Teply is the recipient of the league’s best rookie acknowledgement for the opening month of the 2020 calendar year.
Teply, 18, leads all WHL rookies in scoring with 23 goals and 49 points in just 41 games played. His eight power play goals are amongst the league’s best, while his eight game-winning goals place him atop the league.
January certainly was good to Teply, who had 14 points in his team’s nine contests. Only failing to record a point once, the Czech Republic product collected three points once, while putting up two-point outings on multiple occasions.
With seven goals and 14 points in January, Teply increased his lead in the rookie point scoring race over Medicine Hat’s Cole Sillinger by three points. Winnipeg also performed well during the year’s opening month, going 7-5-0 in 12 games. After dressing for the Czechs at the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship, Teply was only able to arrive back on Canadian soil in time to suit up for nine games with Winnipeg.
Now sitting at 23 goals and 49 points on the season, the former fourth overall selection in the 2019 WHL Import Draft and fourth round selection by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft will look to add to his totals on Saturday as the ICE travel to Lethbridge for a battle with Calen Addison and the Hurricanes.