April 22, 2013
Madison, Wis. -- Wisconsin freshman forward Nic Kerdiles was one of the hottest players in the nation at the end of the recently completed men's hockey season, and the Hockey Commissioners' Association recognized that fact by naming him their National Division I Rookie of the Month for March/April.
Kerdiles finished off the 2012-13 season on fire, leading the Badgers' offense on its way to the 2013 WCHA playoff crown and the WCHA automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The WCHA tournament MVP scored five goals and 16 points during 10 games in March to pace the Badgers to an 8-2-0 mark. In March and April, he ranked second in the nation in scoring, leading all rookies.
The left-handed shot finished the season on a 12-game scoring streak (6g, 13a), which included a five-game stretch in the WCHA playoffs during which he had two points in each contest. During the playoff run, he scored the game-winning goal in the WCHA title game in a 3-2 victory over Colorado College and tallied the game-winning score in the quarterfinals of the WCHA Final Five against Minnesota State. He scored goals in UW’s last four games of the season, and five of the last six contests, including in the NCAA tournament and the last three games of the WCHA playoffs. He posted two-point games in six of his 10 March contests.
The forward’s late-season push brought him to second in the nation among rookies with a 1.03 points-per-game scoring average. He finished with 11 goals and 33 points in 32 games.
A 2012 second-round draft pick of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks (36th overall), the 6-2 and 190 pound Kerdiles hails from Irvine, Calif. After missing the first 10 games of the season, Kerdiles’ entry to the Badger lineup on Nov. 30 sparked a 21-6-5 record for the team the rest of the season.
Wisconsin finished the season 22-13-7 after capturing the program's 12th playoff title and reaching the first round of the 2013 NCAA tournament.