Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Announces Semifinalists for 61st Walter Brown Award
BOSTON – February 4, 2013 – Gridiron Club of Greater
Boston president John Ingoldsby announced today that 16 NCAA
Division One players are semi-finalists for the 61st Walter Brown
Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey
player in New England.
The nation’s oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor, the Walter Brown Award was established in 1953 by the members of the 1933 Massachusetts Rangers, the first American team ever to win the World Championship Tournament. Brown coached the Rangers to the title in Prague, Czechoslovakia, that year; the team defeated Canada 2-1 in overtime in the championship game.
Twelve teams are represented in the slate of candidates that includes eight players from Hockey East, seven from ECAC Hockey, and one from Atlantic Hockey. The slate comprises nine forwards, three goalies, and four defensemen. Boston College, New Hampshire, Yale, and Quinnipiac each have two nominees..
Atlantic Hockey’s lone semifinalist, Bentley University junior forward Brett Gensler (St. Charles, MO), was the Walter Brown Award winner last year. He currently leads Atlantic Hockey in scoring and has 12-19-31 overall through 24 games.
In Hockey East, Boston College has set the pace for most of the season thus far, thanks in large part to the scoring leadership of sophomore Johnny Gaudreau (Carney’s Point, NJ) and senior Steve Whitney (Reading, MA). Gaudreau’s 13-20-33 in 21 games leads the nation in points per game. He also leads all Hockey East scorers. Whitney, a right wing who also plays defense occasionally for the Eagles, has 16-12-28 to date.
New Hampshire junior Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, NY) and Merrimack junior Mike Collins (Boston, MA) and both a single point astern of Goudreau in the overall scoring chase. Goumas has 10-22-32 in 24 games while Collins stands at 14-18-32 in 27 contests. New Hampshire’s other semifinalist is Trevor Van Riemsdyk, (Middletown, NJ), a sophomore defenseman with 6-13-19 to date to lead all Hockey East defensemen in scoring.
UMass-Lowell junior Chad Ruhwedel (San Diego, CA) is another defenseman whose play has figured prominently in his team’s impressive performance to date. Ruhwedel has 6-8-14 for the River Hawks.
Rounding out the Hockey East representatives are a pair of freshmen, Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, MA) and Providence goalie Jon Gillies (South Portland, ME). Grzelcyk’s 2-14-16 place him second in scoring among the league’s defensemen. Gillies has a 2.18 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage for the fast-improving Friars.
In the ECAC, Quinnipiac’s surge to first place, both in the league standings and in the national pair-wise rankings, has been due in large part to senior goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, MN), who has a 1.46 goals-against average in 25 games. Another senior, forward Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, AZ) leads the Bobcats’ offense with 11-14-25 in 25 games.
Yale, currently in second place behind Quinnipiac in the ECAC standings, is represented by senior forward Andrew Miller (Bloomfield Hills, MI) and junior forward Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ). Agostino leads the Elis in scoring with 12-15-27, while Miller is third at 10-13-23.
Dartmouth senior defenseman Mike Keenan (Weymouth, MA) has been a bulwark for the Big Green and has 2-9-11 to date. Brown’s senior goaltender Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY), playing his first full season as a regular, has posted a sparkling 1.54 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage for the Bruins. Harvard freshman forward Jimmy Vesey (North Reading, MA) is the Crimson’s leading scorer to date, bagging ten goals and adding four assists in 17 games.
“We feel that we’ve got a superb roster of semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award this year. That said, there were many others in all three leagues whose play merited strong consideration. It’s never a simple task to evaluate all nominees and make a cut to a manageable number,” said Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Committee chairman Tim Costello.
The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 61stth Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play. The award will be presented to the winner at the New England College Hockey Writers’ Dinner in April.
Walter Brown Award Winners
1953 Ray Picard Northeastern
1954 Bob Babine Boston College
1955 Bill Cleary Harvard
1956 R.J. Cavanaugh Northeastern
1957 Bob Cleary Harvard
1958 Bob Cleary Harvard
1959 Mike Karin Middlebury
1960 Art Chisholm Northeastern
1961 Tom Martin Boston College
1962 Dave Grannis Harvard
1963 Bill Hogan Boston College
1964 Richie Green Boston University
1965 Bob Gaudreau Brown
1966 John Cunniff Boston College
1967 Jerry York Boston College
1968 Tim Sheehy Boston College
1969 Paul Hurley Boston College
1970 Tim Sheehy Boston College
1971 Joe Cavanagh Harvard
1972 Bob McManama Harvard
1973 Tom Mellor Boston College
1974 Ed Walsh Boston University
1975 Ron Wilson Providence
1976 Richie Smith Boston College
1977 Bob Miller New Hampshire
1978 Joe Mullen Boston College
1979 Ralph Cox New Hampshire
1980 Bill Army Boston College
1981 Mark Switaj Boston College
1982 Chuck Marshall Northeastern
1983 Mark Fusco Harvard
1984 Cleon Daskalakis Boston University
1985 Tim Army Providence
1986 Scott Fusco Harvard
Scott Harlow Boston College
1987 Brian Leetch Boston College
1988 Mike McHugh Maine
1989 Lane MacDonald Harvard
1990 Greg Brown Boston College
1991 Dave Emma Boston College
1992 Rob Gaudreau Providence
1993 Dave Sacco Boston University
1994 Jacques Joubert Boston University
1995 Mike Grier Boston University
1996 Jay Pandolfo Boston University
1997 Chris Drury Boston University
1998 Chris Drury Boston University
1999 Mike Mottau Boston College
Mike Omicioli Providence
2000 Mike Mottau Boston College
2001 Ty Conklin New Hampshire
Brian Gionta Boston College
2002 Jim Fahey Northeastern
2003 Mike Ayers New Hampshire
2004 Steve Saviano New Hampshire
2005 Dov Grumet-Morris Harvard
2006 Chris Collins Boston College
2007 John Curry Boston University
2008 Kevin Regan New Hampshire
2009 Matt Gilroy Boston University
2010 Bobby Butler New Hampshire
2011 John Muse Boston College
2012 Brett Gensler Bentley University
The Walter Brown Award
Commemorating the life and works of America's greatest sportsman, the Walter Brown Award is given annually to the outstanding American-born college hockey player in New England. The Walter Brown Award is the oldest nationally recognized honor accorded to individual players in the sport of American college hockey. Brown coached the United States to its first world hockey championship in 1933. The U.S. team, the Massachusetts Rangers, comprised players from Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Notre Dame, and Boston Commerce High School. The Americans defeated the Toronto National Sea Fleas, coached by Harold Ballard, 2-1 in overtime in the final game of the 1933 World Tournament at Prague, Czechoslovakia. It was also America’s first win over a team from Canada and the first loss ever suffered by the Canadians in international play. The U.S. team members established the Walter Brown award at their 20th reunion in 1953. Criteria for the selection committee include leadership, character, sportsmanship, and ability as well as on-ice achievement. The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston has been the steward of the Walter Brown Award since 1977.
2012-2013 Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Officers: John Ingoldsby, President; Bob Norton, First Vice President; Jim Kearney, Second Vice President; Larry Abare, Third Vice President; Dick Lawrence, Secretary/Treasurer.
2012-2013 Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Selection Committee and Advisory Board: Tim Costello, Chairman; Joe Bertagna, Tom Burke, Jim Connelly, Ned Cully, Bob DeGregorio, Kevin Fleming, Steve Hagwell, Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Hon. Gordon A. Martin, Jr., Paul McNamara, and William J. Stewart III.