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NCHC first-team pick Nick Halloran of Colorado College has NHL's interest; Bergh earns conference honorable mention

March 7, 2018 Updated: March 7, 2018 at 5:09 pm
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photo - Colorado College Tigers forward Nick Halloran (13) waves to fans following the game against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. The Tigers defeated the Fighting Hawks 2-1 in college hockey on Friday, October 27, 2017 at The Broadmoor World Arena. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
Colorado College Tigers forward Nick Halloran (13) waves to fans following the game against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. The Tigers defeated the Fighting Hawks 2-1 in college hockey on Friday, October 27, 2017 at The Broadmoor World Arena. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing 

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference all-conference teams are out, and Colorado College sophomore forward Nick Halloran became the first Tiger since Jaccob Slavin in 2015 to be named to the first team.

Linemate and co-captain Mason Bergh, a junior, secured an honorable mention.

Halloran went from nine points in his freshman campaign to 44 (19 goals, 25 assists) this season. Halloran tied Denver sophomore Henrik Borgstrom for the conference lead in points during the regular season. Halloran led the league with four game-winners.

Borgstrom was drafted by the Florida Panthers 23rd overall in 2016. The other first-team forward, Omaha’s David Pope, was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings 109th overall in 2013.

Halloran wasn’t drafted, but this season has gained him some attention.

“Nick is a guy who’s got a lot of NHL teams on him now, and rightfully so,” coach Mike Haviland said. “Just a tremendous year.”

Halloran took 19 points in the voting with six first-place votes. He and Borgstrom - the only unanimous first-team choice with seven first-place votes and 21 points - will meet this weekend in the first round of the NCHC Tournament.

“He’s a special player. Anyone who watches, you can see that,” Halloran said of Borgstrom after a game earlier this year. “He dominates the game out there. He makes smart plays, and he’s deceptive.”

Both Halloran and Bergh are nominees for the Hobey Baker Award. That list of 74 players will be whittled down to 10 and released next week.

“Playing with Mason and Trey (Bradley), they’re incredible players,” Halloran said Wednesday. “… Everybody has picked up their game this year. When the team plays better, personal success is easier to have.”

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