ECHL: Toledo Walleye Bring Back MVP Hawkins for Fourth Season

Taylor Trebotte for Inside the Rink

Toledo Walleye forward Brandon Hawkins was a force last season. He led the league in scoring with 93 points and claimed the MVP Award. Hawkins comes back as one of the most prominent forwards in Walleye history, scoring 114 goals and 124 assists for 238 points in 188 Walleye games.

Hawkins scored 40 goals and 53 assists for 93 points last season to win the second MVP by a Walleye player. His 40 goals are the most by a Toledo player since James Patterson did it for the Toledo Storm in 2000-01 season. His 93 points this season were also the most since 2000-01 when Andrew Williamson had 96 and 97 in back-to-back seasons.

Hawkins has played for the Wheeling Nailers and Fort Wayne Komets in the ECHL, bringing his career ECHL stats to 153 goals and 157 assists for 310 points in 272 regular season games.

Hawkins broke several single-season Walleye records last season. Goals (40), points in a season (93), power-play goals in a season (15), shots in a season (346), shots in a playoff game (14), and shots in a playoff run (107). He is second in Walleye history in goals (114), points (238), and power-play goals (40). Hawkins ranks third in Walleye assists all-time with 124 assists.

The Macomb, Michigan native will be back for his fourth Walleye season, and he might see a few new faces. Ten players from last season’s roster have committed to play overseas for the 2024-25 season, making next season’s roster full of new additions. With the big turnover, Hawkins may be relied on more than ever but, if his Walleye career is any indication, he is up to the task. He is determined to bring a Kelly Cup to the city of Toledo as a big part of Toledo’s success. Hawkins will lead the way once again in the 2024-25 season.

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