ALBANY, N.Y. -- Princeton junior goaltender Zane Kalemba was named the ECAC Hockey's Player of the Year, it was announced today by the League's office. The junior was one of several individuals to earn recognition today, marking the start of the 2009 ECAC Hockey Championship week.
In addition to being named Player of the Year, Kalemba won the Ken Dryden Award presented annually to the top goaltender, after being named a first-team all-league selection. Reality Check Rookie of the Year honors went to newcomer Dartmouth's Jody O'Neill, who was also selected to the League's all-rookie team. Senior Matt Generous St. Lawrence was named Best Defensive Defenseman and Cornell's senior Tyler Mugford was named Best Defensive Forward. Colgate junior David McIntyre, Cornell sophomore Riley Nash and Yale junior Mark Arcobello made-up the forwards on first-team and Union senior Lane Caffaro and senior Zach Miskovic of St. Lawrence earned first-team defensive honors.
Yale head coach Keith Allain was recipient of the Tim Taylor Award (Coach of the Year) guiding the Bulldogs to their first regular-season title since the 1997-98 season.
For the second consecutive season the Princeton Tigers earned the 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: Sportsmanship, Commitment, Tenacity and Innovation.
Kalemba was the ECAC Hockey leader in goals-against average (1.48) and save percentage (.944). The junior netminder anchored a Tigers' defense which was tops in the League in scoring defense, allowing a League-low 40 goals. Kalemba posted a 14-7-0 record for a League second-best winning (.667) and recorded two shutouts.
O'Neill took home the League's top rookie honor after becoming the Big Green's starter in net early in the season. The freshman posted a goals-against average of 2.50 in logging the third-most minutes in League play among ECAC Hockey goaltenders. O'Neill recorded three shutouts in earning a record of 11-9-2.
Caffaro ranked first among League defensemen in overall points (7-11-18) in 22 games. He was tied for the goal scoring lead among defenseman in the League and ended his collegiate career as the ninth leading scorer in school history with 79 points.
Having never missed a game in his Saints' career Miskovic was the only defenseman to earn ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors this season (10/27). He finished with a +11 plus/minus rating in League action. He was a pivotal part of St. Lawrence's stingy defensive effort which ranked 4th in the League.
McIntyre was tied for second in scoring in conference play registering 24 points on 13 goals and adding 11 assists in 22 games. The 13 goals, including two that were shorthanded, were tops among all players in League games.
Sophomore Nash led the Big Red in scoring in League play this season with a 1.05 points-per-game average. Nash netted eight goals and added 15 helpers in 22 games. Nash helped spearhead Cornell's power play unit, where 13 of his points were generated.
Arcobello's clutch performances were good enough to give him a share of the conference lead netting four game-winning goals in 22 games. The junior was tied for second in overall scoring in League action with 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points. Five of his 11 goals were of the power play variety, which tied him for the League lead.
Earning Coach of the Year honors for the first time, Allain guided the Bulldogs to its third consecutive improved season. Behind the bench Allain led Yale to 15 League wins which were tied for the second the most in team history.
The League also recognized its top rookies, with O'Neill leading the way on the six-man list. Teammate Doug Jones, Yale's Brian O'Neill and Patrick Cullen from Rensselaer were the all-rookie team forward selections, while Cornell's Keir Ross and Brown's Jeff Buvinow were the defensive picks.
Twelve other student-athletes were also recognized with second and third-team honors.
2009 ECAC HOCKEY ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS
Player of the Year - Zane Kalemba, Princeton
Goaltender of the Year - Zane Kalemba, Princeton
Rookie of the Year - Jody O'Neill, Dartmouth
Best Defensive Forward - Tyler Mugford, Cornell
Best Defensive Defenseman - Matt Generous, St. Lawrence
Coach of the Year - Keith Allain, Yale
Turfer Athletic Trophy - Princeton
FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
G: Zane Kalemba, Princeton
D: Lane Caffaro, Union
D: Zach Miskovic , St. Lawrence
F: Mark Arcobello, Yale
F: Riley Nash, Cornell
F: David McIntyre, Colgate
SECOND TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
G: Ben Scrivens, Cornell
D: Tom Dignard, Yale
D: Brendon Nash, Cornell
F: Sean Backman, Yale
F: Bryan Leitch, Quinnipiac
F: Colin Greening, Cornell
THIRD TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
G: Alec Richards, Yale
D: Alex Biega, Harvard
D: Jody Peterson, Princeton
F: Brock McBride, St. Lawrence
F: Broc Little, Yale
F: Adam Presizniuk, Union
G: Jody O'Neill, Dartmouth
D: Jeff Buvinow, Brown
D: Keir Ross, Cornell
F: Patrick Cullen, Rensselaer
F: Doug Jones, Dartmouth
F: Brian O'Neill, Yale
About ECAC Hockey
ECAC Hockey boasts elite student-athletes and teams from 12 of the nation's most prestigious institutions - Brown University, Clarkson University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, Quinnipiac University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University, Union College and Yale University.