ECAC Hockey League Announces Annual Award Winners

ECAC Hockey League Announces Annual Award Winners

St. Lawrence's Trevelyan Named Player of the Year

ALBANY, N.Y. - St. Lawrence forward T.J. Trevelyan (Mississauga, Ont.) was named the ECAC Hockey League's Player of the Year, it was announced earlier this evening (March 16) at the league's annual banquet. The senior was one of several individuals to earn recognition at the annual event, which marks the start of the men's championship weekend.

Colgate's Mark Dekanich (North Vancouver, B.C.) was the league's Ken Dryden Award winner as the Goaltender of the Year, after being named a first-team all-league selection. Rookie of the Year honors went to newcomer Quinnipiac's Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.), while St. Lawrence's Mike Madill (Kirkland, Que.) was named Best Defensive Defenseman and Dartmouth's Mike Ouellette (Kamloops, B.C.) was named Best Defensive Forward. Madill and Ouellette joined Trevelyan and Dekanich, as each also earned first-teams honors.

Dartmouth head coach Bob Gaudet was named the Coach of the Year, while St. Lawrence earned the first-ever Turfer Athletic Trophy, which is given to the team that the coaches believe best fits the ideals of both Turfer Athletic and the ECAC Hockey League: Sportsmanship, Commitment, Tenacity and Innovation.

2006 ECAC Hockey League Player of the Year
T.J. Trevelyan    St. Lawrence
Senior  (Mississauga, Ontario)
2006 ECAC Hockey League First-Team Forward
 

  Trevelyan led the league in scoring with 32 points on 12 goals and 20 assists through 22 games, an impressive average of 1.45 goals per game. His 16 goals in league play were also tops, while his assists were second. A unanimous choice to the league's first team, he also led in overall scoring through the first two rounds of the playoffs and finished he year with 48 points with 20 goals and 28 assists. Trevelyan, who was also named a Hobey Baker Memorial Award top-10 finalist earlier in the night, becomes the fifth player in St. Lawrence history to earn Player of the Year honors.

2006 Ken Dryden Award Winner
Mark Dekanich    Colgate
Sophomore  (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
2006 ECAC Hockey League First-Team Goaltender
 

  During league play, Dekanich led the ECACHL with a 1.98 goals against average and a .934 save percentage. His .923 save percentage overall leads the league and ranks 11th in the nation, and his 2.30 goals against average is third in the conference. Dekanich is just the second goalie in Colgate history to receive a major league award, and the first to receive the Dryden Award. All-American netminder Dave Gagnon was honored as the league's player of the year in 1990.

2006 ECAC Hockey League
Best Defensive Forward
Mike Ouellette    Dartmouth
Senior  (Kamloops, British Columbia)
2006 ECAC Hockey League First-Team Forward
 

  Ouellette became the first Big Green player to be named the league's top defensive forward, and he was also chosen first team All-ECACHL, another first. He currently leads the team with 35 points and finished the league's regular season ranked fifth in scoring. His Big Green squad earned a share of the ECAC Hockey League's regular season title. His 25 points in league games ranked him fifth in the ECACHL scoring race.

2006 ECAC Hockey League
Best Defensive Defenseman
Mike Madill    St. Lawrence
Senior  (Kirkland, Quebec)
2006 ECAC Hockey League First-Team Defense
 

  Madill, who set St. Lawrence career records in games played with 154 and consecutive games played at 153 is the third player in Saint hockey history to earn the league's top defensive award since its inception in 1992-93. Madill, a Saint captain and the lone senior on a defensive unit which included a quartet of freshmen, also made significant contributions for the Saints offensively, finishing his senior year with a career high 27 points on five goals and 22 assists. He was second overall among all ECACHL defensemen in scoring en route to also earning first-team honors. Madill finishes his career with 14 goals and 49 assists for 63 points.

2006 ECAC Hockey League Rookie of the Year
Brian Leitch    Quinnipiac
Forward (Coquitlam, British Columbia)
 

  Leitch took home the league's top rookie honor after leading all the newcomers in scoring with 28 points in league games, an average of 1.27 points per game. His 28 points was also second-best to just Trevelyan. He was also second to Trevelyan in overall scoring with 14 goals and 31 assists for a 45-point season. His average of 1.15 points per game ranks third nationally among rookies.

2006 ECAC Hockey League Coach of the Year
Bob Gaudet    Dartmouth
 

  In earning Coach of the Year honors, Gaudet becomes just the second coach in ECACHL history to win the award with two different schools. Gaudet was named the coach of the year while at Brown in 1995. He joins Roger Demment as Dartmouth's only other coach of the year. The Big Green finished tied for first in the ECAC Hockey League, earning a share of its first ever William J. Cleary Cup as the regular-season champion.

2006 ECAC Hockey League
First Team Forward
Tyler Burton    Colgate
Sophmomore  (Langley, British Columbia)
 

  Burton joins teammate Dekanich on the first team after leading the league with 16 goals during conference play. Burton finished the league slate with 26 points, which ranked fourth, and he netted four of his league-leading five game-winning goals during ECACHL games. Overall, Burton is tied for the team lead and tied for sixth in the league with 40 points, and he is second on the team and in the league with 22 goals.

2006 ECAC Hockey League
First Team Defense
Reid Cashman    Quinnipiac
Junior  (Red Wing, Minnesota)
 

  The final first-team selection was Cashman, he after leading the ECACHL in assists (36) and ranking first among league defenseman in scoring with 41 points. Cashman currently ranks fourth nationally in assists and is third among Division I defensemen in scoring. His 36 assists were the second-highest single-season total in Quinnipiac history. Cashman became the 24th player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau on Feb. 18 and staked his claim as the highest-scoring blue liner in program history on March 11.

The league also recognized its top rookies, with Leitch leading the way on the six-man list. Clarkson's Shea Guthrie (Carleton Place, Ont.) and Princeton's Brett Wilson (Calgary, Alb.) joined Leitch as all-rookie team forwards, while SLU's Matt Generous (Cheshire, Conn) and Colgate's Nick St. Pierre St. Etienne, Que.) were the defensive picks. Rensselaer's Mathias Lange (Klangenfurt, Austria) was name the top rookie netminder. Leitch, Generous and Lange were all unanimous picks to the rookie squad. Thirteen other student-athletes were also recognized at the banquet with second- and third-team honors.

2006 ECAC Men's Hockey League All-League Selections

INDIVIDUAL & TEAM AWARDS
Player of the Year - T.J. Trevelyan, St. Lawrence
Ken Dryden Award - Mark Dekanich, Colgate
Rookie of the Year - Bryan Leitch, Quinnipiac
Best Defensive Forward - Mike Ouellette, Dartmouth
Best Defensive Defenseman - Mike Madill, St. Lawrence
Coach of the Year - Bob Gaudet, Dartmouth
Turfer Athletic Trophy - St. Lawrence

FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
F - *T.J. Trevelyan, St. Lawrence
F - Tyler Burton, Colgate
F - Mike Ouellette, Dartmouth
D - Reid Cashman, Quinnipiac
D - Mike Madill, St. Lawrence
G - Mark Dekanich, Colgate

SECOND-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
F - Kyle Wilson, Colgate
F - David Jones, Dartmouth
F - Matt Moulson, Cornell
D - Grant Lewis, Dartmouth
D - Dylan Reese, Harvard
G - Kris Mayotte, Union

THIRD-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
F - Nick Dodge, Clarkson
F - Grant Goeckner-Zoeller, Princeton
F - Kevin Croxton, Rensselaer
F - Kevin Du, Harvard
D - Ryan O'Byrne, Cornell
D - Keith MCWilliams, Rensselaer
G - Eric Leroux, Princeton

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
F - *Bryan Leitch, Quinnipiac
F - Shea Guthrie, Clarkson
F - Brett Wilson, Princeton
D - *Matt Generous, St. Lawrence
D - Nick St. Pierre, Colgate
G - *Mathias Lange, Rensselaer


* - unanimous selection