The Texas Stars, proud American hockey league affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that the left wing Reilly Smith has been selected as the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for December.
Smith led the Stars in goals and points last month, tallying eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 14 games.
After a slow start to his rookie season, Smith averaged a point per game during December. On Dec. 2, the Toronto Ontario native had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win at Peoria, the first of his five multiple-poin efforts on the month. He came back with his frist career two-goal game in a 4-1 win over Peoria on Dec. 8, and had a goal and an assist to help Texas to a 3-1 victory at Abbotsford on Dec. 14. Smith put together a six-game scoring streak from Dec. 19-29 that included consectuvie game-winning goals on Dec. 19 vs. San Antonio and Dec. 21 at Oklahoma City, and scorfing the Stars' only two goals in a loss to the Barons on Dec. 22.