It was no surprise at all on March 1 when Waukesha Wings senior forward Ian Malcolmson was named the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association's state Player of the Year for 2017.
His ledger sheet for the season made him an easy winner.
After the Wings finished second at last weekend's WIAA state tournament at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, the talented Malcolmson finished the year with 83 points. On the season, he scored 48 goals and added 35 assists.
His 83 points is the highest total in the state. He ranked third in goals scored.
"It's a huge honor," Malcolmson said after the Wings defeated Arrowhead, 2-1, in overtime on March 2 at the state meet. "I think the other seven guys who were nominated for the award are really skilled kids who are some of my best friends. It's something really special."
By winning the award, he became the first player in Wings history to earn the Player of the Year title.
"It couldn't happen to a better kid," said highly successful Wings coach Raja Aylsworth said. "It's the first one in our organization's history, and I'm just so proud of him."
Malcolmson played all four years with the Wings varsity and this season he scored at least one goal in all but two regular-season games.
Malcolmson plans to play for the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League next season. He also said he hopes to play Division 1 college in the future.
After losing to Hudson in the state championship game on March 4, Malcolmson summed up his highly successful career.
"I think second place is good to end my career on."