The American Collegiate Hockey Association has announced its year-end individual player awards for the 2020-21 Division I season. Named as the league’s Rookie of the Year is St. Andrews product Carter Barley.
Suiting up in his first season with the Minot State University Beavers, the 21-year-old Barley operated at over a point-per-game rate for the first-place Beavers, helping his team to 25-3-1-1 record through 30 regular season games.
On the ice, Barley was near unstoppable, putting up 16 goals and 18 assists for 34 points in his 29 games played. Finishing atop the leaderboard in Minot, the former Winnipeg Thrashers standout also finished the year in second place within the ACHA’s Division I men’s scoring.
Despite ultimately losing in the ACHA championship game, Barley and his Beavers teammates will certainly look to rebound for the 2021-22 season, where a full return to play is expected.
Barley was selected as the ACHA Rookie of the Year out of a pool of four finalists that included:
- Riley Wallace, Goaltender, Minot State University
- Ondrej Blaha, Forward, Midland University
- Matteo DiGiulio, Forward, Adrian College
Prior to joining Minot State University, Barley suited up for four seasons with the local Selkirk Steelers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, before finishing the back-half of his final season of his MJHL career with the Portage Terriers. In 247 total MJHL games, Barley put up 62 goals, 190 points and 200 penalty minutes.