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Wilderness forward named finalist for CJHL Rookie of the Year

The Canadian Junior Hockey League has announced Jake Larson of the Superior International Junior Hockey League's Minnesota Wilderness has been named a finalist for the CJHL Rookie of the Year award.

Larson, the SIJHL Rookie of the Year recipient, is one of seven hopefuls up for the award.

The 19-year-old native of St. Michael, Minn., led all SIJHL skaters in goals this season with 44 and also finished second overall in league scoring with 72 points.

Larson ended the regular season riding an impressive 19-game point streak, which included 17 tallies.

This will be the first time the award is presented on a national level and represents one of seven newly created league awards.

The 2013 Rookie of the Year award will be presented to the most outstanding rookie based on regular season individual performance.

A CJHL rookie is defined as a player with fewer than 20 games in any Junior A or Major Junior league in previous seasons who is 18 or younger as of Dec. 31 of the current season.

Each of the 10 leagues in the CJHL nominated a candidate for Rookie of the Year.

The first stage of the selection process saw representatives from all 10 Junior A leagues rank their top five players from among the 10 national nominees.

Rankings were then assigned a point value and the five players with the highest point total (and ties) move on as finalists to the final round of voting.