Rafferty continues to impress in rookie season with 'meaningful' Comets record

Comets rookie Brogan Rafferty set the team's record for points in a single season by a defenseman.

Posted: Mar 4, 2020 12:50 AM
Updated: Mar 4, 2020 1:07 AM

UTICA, N.Y. - Rookie. All-Star. Record holder.

The strong professional debut season for Comets defenseman Brogan Rafferty saw another milestone reached, with the rookie breaking the team's record for points in a single season by a defenseman with his 42nd of the year.

The record-breaking point came in the form of a power play goal against the Rochester Americans on February 26, shattering the previous mark of 41 set by Bobby Sanguinetti in 2014-15.

"Bobby actually sent me a nice message, congratulated me and told me to set the bar high so that was really nice of him," said Rafferty. "It means a lot to me to have that kind of success in my first year in the AHL and to help contribute to the team and help our team win.

Rafferty currently has seven goals and 35 assists this season, leading the entire league among rookie defenseman in assists and points.

The 24-year-old is currently second on the Comets in +/- rating with a +17, and is sixth on the team in points. He was also given the responsibility early on in the year to run point on the power play.

"He's done a good job," said head coach Trent Cull. "We've had guys come in here who have been able to run the power play and do a great job and I think Brogan, as a first year guy, doing that says a lot so it's a feather in his hat for sure."

Rafferty was selected as one of two representatives from the Comets for the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic earlier this season.

A native of Dundee, Illinois, Rafferty completed his collegiate career at Qunnipiac University.

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