From AHL site
”Brogan Rafferty had an impressive month.
For the 24-year-old Utica Comets rookie defenseman, the month of December included more standout play — he finished with 16 points in 13 games — as he continues to flourish during what has been a successful first half of the season in the American Hockey League.
There was also a personal milestone as Rafferty proposed to girlfriend, Michelle, during a trip home to the Chicago area while on Christmas break. Since she said yes, Rafferty said there has been a flood of well-wishes from teammates and on social media.
On Thursday there was more good news as the undrafted Rafferty was named the American Hockey League’s Rookie of the Month to put an exclamation point on December.
“I took a big step (in December). I kind of rounded out my game in being a more complete player and just working on all facets of my game,” Rafferty said Thursday. “The month went well for me and the team. We finished 2019 very well. ... It is a good thing to build off of going into the second half of the season.”
Rafferty, who made his NHL debut with the parent Vancouver Canucks last April after three strong seasons at NCAA Division I Quinnipiac University, said he also worked to improve his defensive game.
“I just wanted to be harder to play against defensively. (I) don’t want to give guys an inch, make them work for it and let them know it is going to be a hard night defensively when I’m out there,” said Rafferty, who has been paired with Guillaume Brisebois this season. “I’m past the point of adapting and I’m more at the point of just working to get better and perfect those areas as much as I can.”
Rafferty leads all AHL defensemen with 30 points and appears a likely candidate to be at least one Comets’ representative for the All-Star Classic later this month in California. He is tied in scoring for all rookies with Chicago forward Lucas Elvenes. Rafferty, who has helped lead the Comets’ power play, has 25 assists, which are third-most in the league.”