On Saturday May 28th, the CHL held its annual CHL Awards Banquet on the off day of the Memorial Cup. The Sarnia Sting's Nail Yakupov won the BMO Rookie of the year award.
A 17-year-old from Nizhnekamsk, Russia, Yakupov led all rookies and finished tied for fourth overall in OHL scoring with 101 points in 65 games scoring 49 goals and 52 assists. Eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, he became just the fifth OHL rookie to reach 100 points in a season in the last 15 years. Yakupov also established new Sting record for goals and points by a rookie surpassing the marks set by Steven Stamkos in the 2006-07 season. Also considered for the award was Charles Hudon of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, and Matt Dumba of the Red Deer Rebels.
Yakupov had already won the OHL Rookie of the year award earlier this month.