UND recruit and former Grand Forks Central standout Paul LaDue is the USHL defenseman of the year.
LaDue, who played for the Lincoln Stars, was the top-scoring defenseman in the league with 49 points in 62 games — five points ahead of Waterloo’s Ian McCoshen. The award likely came down to either LaDue or McCoshen.
“Paul LaDue was the heart and soul of a great Lincoln Stars team this past season,” USHL commish Skip Prince said. ”His work in the offensive zone was League-leading – but there weren’t too many goals scored against the Stars when he was on the ice, either. He’ll be a great addition to the University of North Dakota next season, and the Los Angeles Kings made an excellent choice in drafting him last year. Congratulations and thanks to him for his stellar USHL career – and best wishes on his next steps.”
LaDue will come to UND next season along with the BCHL defenseman of the year in Troy Stecher.
The USHL put together a highlight video to showcase LaDue for winning the award.