ALBANY, N.Y. -- As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, ECAC Hockey has comprised a group of its top 50 players to recognize the storied history of the League and honor its significant players. The League today announced the third installment of honorees as part of its top 50 players of all-time. The top 50 players were determined by a selection committee made up of former coaches and media members. These honorees were tallied from 145 players (47 defensemen; 73 forwards; and 25 goaltenders).
The third segment of honorees includes: Harvard forward Joe Cavanagh, a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Conference team honoree and a member of the U.S. Hockey Hockey Hall of Fame; Yann Danis, goaltender at Brown, a two-time all-America and one of two goaltenders (Dave LeNeveu, Cornell) to win both Player and Goaltender of the Year in League history; Dave Fretz, a defenseman at Clarkson, a 2004 inductee into Clarkson’s Athletic Hall of Fame and member of all-Decade team (1980-89); Dan Laperriere, defenseman at St. Lawrence, the Saints’ all-time leading scorer among defenseman in career scoring (128 points) and assists (106) and single season scoring (53 points in 1992) and assists (45 in 1992); and Vermont forward Martin St. Louis, a three-time all-America first team selection who is the Catamounts all-time leading scorer in assists (176) and points (267).
All current and former teams’ impactful players, including those from Boston College, Boston University, New Hampshire, Middlebury, Army, etc... were reviewed in comprising the list of candidates for the special team. Five players from the top 50 all-time team will be released every two weeks throughout the season leading up the championship in March 18-19 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Throughout its history, ECAC Hockey has been home to seven NCAA men’s championship teams, witnessed over 15,000 games, produced more than 500 National Hockey Leaguers, nearly 300 All-Americans, three Hobey Baker Memorial Award winners, and over 1,100 student-athletes who have earned All-Academic honors since 1999-00, the first year the League recognized these individuals.
The first group of top 50 players released on November 11 included the following: Bob Brinkworth, forward at Rensselaer (1961-64); Ken Dryden, Cornell goaltender (1967-69); defenseman Mark Fusco, Harvard (1980-83); Brian Mueller, defenseman, Clarkson (1991-95); and Boston College forward Joe Mullen. The League released the second segment of players on November 24 which included the following; defenseman Ray Giroux, Yale (1994-98); Joe Juneau forward Rensselaer (1987-91); Colgate forward Andy McDonald (1996-00); Joe Nieuwendyk, foward Cornell (1984-87); and defenseman Ron Wilson, Providence (1973-77).
The top 50 players were determined by a vote of a selection committee of 10 individuals, which include Joe Bertagna, former student-athlete at Harvard, former hockey commissioner of the ECAC and current commissioner of Hockey East; Ed Carpenter, former Sports Information Director at Boston U.; Bill Cleary, former student-athlete, head coach and director of athletics at Harvard; John Connolly, long-time sports reporter at the Boston Herald; Dan Fridgen, former student-athlete at Colgate and former head coach at RPI; Mike Gilligan, former head coach at Yale (interim) and Vermont; Lou Lamoriello, former student-athlete and head coach at Providence and current CEO/President/General Manager of the New Jersey Devils; Mark Morris, former student-athlete at Colgate and former head coach at Clarkson; Tim Taylor, former student-athlete at Harvard and former head coach at Yale; and Adam Wodon, editor of the College Hockey News Web site.
Listed below is the third segment of the League's Top 50 players:
Joe Cavanagh - Harvard University - Forward, (1969-71) - Providence, Rhode Island
Three-Time All-America (1969-71) ... 1969 ECAC Hockey Rookie of Year ... Three-Time All-Conference (First Team 1969 and 1971; Second Team 1970) ... Three-Time ECAC Hockey All-Tournament First Team (1969-71) ... Captain of Harvard’s 1971 Team ... 1970-79 ECAC Hockey All-Decade First Team ... Member of 1971 League Champions ... Led Crimson in Scoring Three Seasons, and Goals in 1969 ... Two-Time Honoree (1970-71) of Harvard’s John Tudor Memorial Award for Team Most Valuable Player ... 1971 Recipient of Harvard’s William J. Bingham Award (Honoring Harvard’s Top Male Athlete in Any Sport) ... Named MVP of 1969 Beanpot ... 1995 Inductee into Beanpot Hall of Fame ... Beanpot Record Holder for Career Points (19) ... Accumulated a School-Record 50 Assists (27 Games) in 1971 ... Ranks No. 5 All-Time in Harvard Scoring (187 Points in 79 Collegiate Games) .. His 127 Career Assists Rank Third All-Time at Harvard ... 1971 Recipient of Walter Brown Award -- Presented to Best American-Born College Player in New England ... Inducted into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1994
Yann Danis - Brown University - Goaltender, (2000-04) - Lafontaine, Quebec
Two-Time All-America (2002 and 2004) ... 2000-09 ECAC Hockey All-Decade First Team ... 2004 ECAC Hockey Player of Year ... 2004 ECAC Hockey Goaltender of Year ... One of Only Two (2) Goaltenders (David LeNeveu, Cornell) to Win Both Player and Goaltender of Year ... Three-Time All-Conference (First Team 2004; Second Team 2002-03) ... 2003 ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team ... Top-Three Finalist for 2004 Hobey Baker Memorial Award ... Two-Time ECAC Hockey Save Percentage Champion (2002: .943; 2004: .948) ... Brown’s All-Time Career Leader in Goals-Against Average (2.20), Save Percentage (.930) and Shutouts (13) ... Holds Brown’s Single-Season Marks in Saves (1,043 in 2003), Goals-Against Average (1.81 in 2004), Save Percentage (.942 in 2004) and Shutouts (5 in 2003 and 2004) ... Three-Time Recipient of Brown’s The Class of 1936 Trophy (Most Valuable Player) ... Co-Recipient of Brown’s 2001 Kevin R. Pope Memorial Trophy -- Presented to First-Year Player Who Contributed Most to Team’s Success ... Played Three (3) Seasons in National Hockey League (NHL) with Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils ... Appeared in 49 NHL Contests Posting Goals-Against Average of 2.69, Save Percentage of .912 and Three (3) Shutouts
Dave Fretz - Clarkson University, Defenseman, (1981-85) - Toronto, Ontario
Two-Time All-America First Team (1984-85) ... Two-Time All-Conference (First Team 1985; Second Team 1983) ... 1980-89 ECAC Hockey All-Decade … 1985 Hobey Baker Award Finalist … Ranks as Fifth Highest-Scoring Defenseman at Clarkson (102 Points on 31 Goals and 71 Assists in 132 Games) … Starred on Two (2) NCAA Tournament Teams in 1982 and 1984 … Served as Alternate Captain in Senior Season, Helping Knights to 21-Win Campaign ... Spent Summer and Fall Prior to Junior Season with Canadian Olympic Program … Helped Team Canada to 1984 Spengler Cup Title -- Canada’s First Title in 58-Year History of Tournament … Was Only United States Collegian on Canadian Roster, and Was Named to All-Tournament Team … 1985 GTE Academic All-American (Mechanical Engineering) … Named to Pi Tau Sigma – Mechanical Engineering Society, a Presidential Scholar, and Listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges … 2004 Inductee into Clarkson’s Athletic Hall of Fame
Dan Laperriere - St. Lawrence University, Defenseman, (1988-92) - Laval, Quebec
1992 All-America First Team ... 1990-99 ECAC Hockey All-Decade Second Team ... 1992 ECAC Hockey Player of Year ... Two-Time All-Conference (First Team 1992; Second Team 1991) ... 1992 ECAC Hockey Tournament Most Outstanding Player ... Two-Time ECAC Hockey All-Tournament (1991-92) ... Two-Time League Champion (1989-92) ... Three-Time Recipient of St. Lawrence’s Pete McGeough Award -- Presented to Saints’ Outstanding Defenseman ... 1992 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Finalist ... Saints All-Time Leader Among Defensemen in Career Scoring (128 Points) and Assists (106), and Single-Season Scoring (53 Points in 1992) and Assists (45 in 1992) ... Ranks Fourth All-Time in Career Assists at St. Lawrence ... Member of Saints’ 1989 and 1992 League Champion Teams ... Competed in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators
Martin St. Louis - Vermont - Forward, (1993-97) - Laval, Quebec
Three-Time All-America First Team (1995-97) ... 1990-99 ECAC Hockey All-Decade First Team ... 1995 ECAC Hockey Player of Year ... Three-Time All-Conference First Team (1995-97) ... 1994 ECAC Hockey All-Rookie ... 1996 ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team ... 1996 NCAA All-Regional Team (East Regional) ... 1996 NCAA All-Tournament ... Three-Time Hobey Baker Memorial Award Finalist (1995-96-97) ... Vermont’s All-Time Leading Scorer in Assists (176) and Points (267) ... Amassed 91 Goals in 139 Collegiate Contests ... Averaged 1.92 Points Per Game in Collegiate Career ... Vermont’s Co-Record Holder for Points (85) in Season (1996) ... 1995 ECAC Hockey Points Leader (All Games: 71 points in 35 games; League: 44 points in 22 games) ... 1996 ECAC Hockey Points Co-Leader [All Games] (85 points in 35 games) ... Two-Time Captain (1996-97) ... Netted a School Record Six (6) Shorthanded and Nine (9) Game-Winning Goals in 1996 .. Led Vermont in Scoring Three (3) Seasons and Co-Leader in 1996 ... Three-Time Recipient of Vermont’s John C. Cunningham MVP Award (1995-96-97) ... Currently Member of National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning ... Competed in 800-Plus Games in 12-Plus NHL Seasons ... First Ex-NCAA Collegian to Claim NHL Scoring Title (94 Points in 2004) ... Member of Tampa Bay’s 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Team ... Set Career Highs with 43 Goals, 59 Assists and 102 Points in 2006-07 … Tied Franchise Record with Seven (7) GWG in 2006-07 … In 2004, Awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player), Art Ross Trophy (Scoring Champion), Lester B. Pearson Award, and the Bud Light Plus/Minus Award ... Inducted into Vermont Hall of Fame in 2007