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Former UND star Boeser named MVP of NHL All-Star Game

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TAMPA, Fla.—Brock Boeser has been to Amalie Arena in Tampa twice.

He won an NCAA national championship with the University of North Dakota men's hockey team the first time.

He won MVP of the NHL All-Star Game the second time.

Boeser, who was assigned the same locker stall in Amalie Arena that he used during the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four, earned the MVP honors Sunday, Jan. 28, in helping the Pacific Division win the NHL All-Star Game.

Boeser had two goals and an assist Sunday. The 20-year-old was the only rookie named to the NHL All-Star Game and he became the first rookie to win MVP of the All-Star Game since Mario Lemieux in 1985.

"I had a really fun time tonight," Boeser said. "I never would have dreamt of this at any time in my life."

The Burnsville, Minn., native said he was surprised to win MVP.

"I was shocked," he said. "I never would have expected that because so many guys on our team could have gotten the MVP. There are so many talented guys here. I'm just happy to be here with these guys."

It wasn't the only victory of the weekend for Boeser.

He also won the NHL's shooting accuracy competition on Saturday night, Jan. 27.

Boeser earned a $212,500 bonus for his entry-level contract for being named MVP of the All-Star Game as well as $100,000 for being on the winning team and $25,000 for winning the shooting accuracy competition. He also won a car, which he said he'll likely give to his sister, Jess.

"I was definitely nervous coming into it," Boeser said. "I had some sweat going down my palms yesterday before the shooting contest, but I think once you get here and meet most of the guys and have some laughs, it's easier to enjoy the experience. I wasn't too nervous about today. I knew just to have fun, smile and play hockey. That's what I did and I enjoyed all of it."

Boeser, who had four points in the 2016 NCAA title game in a 5-1 win over Quinnipiac, is having a big rookie year for the Vancouver Canucks. He has 24 goals and 43 points in 46 games. He's the team's leading scorer.

Boeser is the first former UND player to win MVP of the NHL All-Star Game.