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Notre Dame Alum T.J. Tynan Named 2021 AHL MVP

The Orland Park, Illinois native is the first former Irish player to win the award as the AHL’s best player.

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Notre Dame alum T.J. Tynan of the Colorado Eagles is the 2021 American Hockey League most valuable player.

The award is voted on by coaches, players, and members of the media from the League’s 28 active cities.

Tynan scored 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 27 games for a League-best 1.30 points-per-game average among players who played at least half of their teams’ games. The Eagles captain’s 27 assists ranked second in the AHL and his 35 points are tied for fourth.

“I’m extremely grateful to win this award, it’s a tremendous honor,” Tynan said in a release. “This is all about my teammates. I couldn’t have gotten here without all of the hard work of them, the coaches, and the staff. I love those guys and it just goes to show what an incredible coaching staff and group of players that we have with the Colorado Eagles.” 

The Colorado Avalanche signed Tynan to a one-year, $800,000 contract on Jan. 10. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He is on the Avalanche’s roster as a Black Ace during the team’s Stanley Cup Playoff run.

The Orland Park, Illinois native has scored 348 points (71 goals, 277 assists) in 436 AHL games. The three-time AHL All-Star won the 2016 Calder Cup championship with Lake Erie and reached the 2019 Cup Final with the Chicago Wolves. Selected in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft by Columbus, Tynan has one assist in 19 NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche.

Tynan is the first Notre Dame alum to win the award.

Tynan recorded 161 points (54 goals, 107 assists) in 164 games for Notre Dame (2010-14), including a career-high 54 points (23 goals, 31 assists) in 44 games to be named the 2011 NCAA Rookie of the Year.


Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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