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Union doles out annual awards

Union doles out annual awards

SCHENECTADY, NY – The Union College men's hockey team presented its team awards during its annual banquet on Thursday night at Key Hall.
 
In addition to the end of the year awards presentation, President Stephen C. Ainlay and Judith Gardner Ainlay were thanked for all of their service that they have provided Union College and the hockey program over the past 12 years. In that span, the Dutchmen have posted a 253-156-54 overall record, a 143-88-33 record in ECAC Hockey, claimed three Whitelaw Cups, four Cleary Cups, made five NCAA tournament appearances, two Frozen Four appearances and won the 2014 National Championship.
 
Senior Ryan Scarfo was named the team's Most Valuable Player and also earned the Coaches Award. The North Chelmsford, MA native led the Dutchmen in scoring this season, posting 20 goals and 16 assists in his final season at Union. Following the conclusion of the season, he signed with the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League.
 
Sophomore forward Anthony Rinaldi was named this year's Most Improved Player. After a three-goal, one-assist rookie season, the Pierrefonds, Quebec native was fourth on the team this year in points, totaling 17 goals and 11 assists, including five game-winners.
 
Goaltender Darion Hanson was named the team's Rookie of the Year. The East Bethel, MN native had a tremendous start to his collegiate career, earning wins in six of his first seven starts. He finished the year with a .908 save percentage and a 10-4-0 record.
 
For the second-straight year, Ryan Walker was named the recipient of the Scott Richardson Unsung Hero Award. A junior assistant captain, Walker played in all 38 games for the Dutchmen and skated most of the year with first year forwards, helping them adjust to the collegiate level. He totaled 11 goals and six assists on the year, almost doubling his career total from the past two season.
 
Local favorite Tyler Hynes was named the recipient of the Charlie N. Morrison Award, presented annually to a player who participates in extracurricular activities while demonstrating academic interest and achievement. The senior from Guilderland, NY capped off a four-year career with the Dutchmen, highlighted with a goal against RPI in the Mayor's Cup game on Jan. 27.
 
Senior defenseman Connor Light was honored with the Thomas Van Arden Dukehart Award, present to the player with the highest grade-point average. A managerial economics major, Light holds a 3.60 cumulative GPA and recorded a 4.0 during the 2017-18 Winter Term. On the ice he skated in 35 games this season and scored one goal from the blue line.
 
Union finished the 2017-18 season with a record of 21-15-2 and finished the regular season in second place in ECAC Hockey with a conference record of 16-5-1.