BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 7, 2019 – The December Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) National Player of the Month is Lukas Craggs (Elmhurst, Ill.) from Bowling Green State University. The 5-11, 190-pound forward tied for the NCAA in lead in goals scored in December with six, helping the currently 10th-ranked Falcons post a 5-0-1 slate in the final month of the calendar year. He also recorded three game-winning markers and a plus-9 rating along with a pair of assists to tie for fourth in the WCHA with eight points (tied for sixth nationally) for the month.
The junior opened December with consecutive game-winners in the Falcons' road sweep at Alabama Huntsville (Dec. 1-2), part of a three-goal weekend. Craggs had a three-point effort (1g, 2a) in a 4-3 overtime road victory at Ferris State on Dec. 8, before capping the month with a second two-goal contest. That multi-goal outburst included the game-winner as BGSU defeated Minnesota State, 4-1 on Dec. 15 to finish a two-game sweep of the then-No. 3 Mavericks.
In 21 games this season, Craggs has posted 13 goals, good for second in the WCHA and tied for third in the NCAA. He also has a league-best plus-20 rating.
The national honor is the second for both Bowling Green and the WCHA. Falcons sophomore Max Johnson was the HCA's choice for Player of the Month in October.
Other HCA honorees in December were University of Wisconsin defenseman K'Andre Miller (Rookie of the Month) and Quinnipiac University junior Andrew Shortridge (Goaltender of the Month).