Travis Boyd was not on the AHL’s All-Rookie Team last year despite having a tremendous first season in Hershey. But this season, he has been honored by the coaches, players and media members in the league’s 30 teams.
Boyd was named to the AHL’s 2nd Team, finishing behind Chicago’s Wade Megan. On the ballot, teams are not permitted to vote for their own players. Each ballot asks for three names, in order of preference, at the center position.
Having not missed a game since arriving in Hershey, Boyd has improved on his impressive rookie numbers from a year ago. Last season, he surpassed even his own expectations, scoring 53 points (21 goals and 32 assists) in 76 games, good enough for third on the team. Additionally, he skated in all 21 of Hershey’s post-season games last year, scoring two goals and seven assists.
So far this season, he has 62 points (16 goals and 46 assists) which is third in the AHL (only Kenny Agostino and Taylor Beck, who was just recalled by the Rangers, are ahead of Boyd in scoring). Boyd trails only Agostino in assists.
A member of this year’s AHL All-Star Team, Boyd earned a recall to Washington on February 21, but returned to Hershey the next day in time to be back in the lineup for the Bears that weekend. A 6th round draft pick by the Washington Capitals in 2011, Boyd played four years of collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota before joining Hershey at the end of the 2014-2015 season and appeared in two games for the Bears.
With few awards remaining, Boyd is the only Hershey player honored so far this season. Boyd and his teammates are in action tonight in Rochester and tomorrow in Toronto. Here’s a link to our profile piece on Boyd.
By Julie Beidler
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