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 eighth 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 eighth segment of honorees includes: Boston University defenseman Bob Brown, the 1972 ECAC Player of the Year, who compiled an impressive 110 points in 62 collegiate games from the blue line; Doug Ferguson, Cornell, forward, who was a two-time All-America selection (1966-67) and the Big Red record-holder for goals in a season (37, 1966); Dan Fridgen, forward, Colgate, the Raiders’ three-time captain (1980-82), who is Colgate’s all-time goals leader with 114 in 113 games; Boston College forward Tim Sheehy, who led the Eagles in scoring for three seasons (1968-70) and was the captain of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team which claimed the silver medal; and Todd White, forward, Clarkson, who was the NCAA’s top scorer in 1996-97 with 2.06 ppg and was the first Clarkson player to record back-to-back 70-point seasons (72 as a junior, 74 as a senior).
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 (1975-79). 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 third assembly release on December 8 included the following: Joe Cavanagh, Harvard, forward, (1969-71); Yann Danis Brown, goaltender, (2000-04); Clarkson defenseman Dave Fretz (1981-85); Dan Laperriere, St. Lawrence, defenseman, (1988-92); and forward Martin St. Louis, Vermont (1993-97). On December 22, the fourth collection of top 50 players was released which included; Ralph Cox, New Hampshire, forward, (1975-79); Union goaltender, Trevor Koenig (1995-98); Boston University forward, Rick Meagher (1973-77); forward Lance Nethery from Cornell (1975-79); and Lee Stempniak, Dartmouth, forward (2001-05). The League released the fifth segment on January 5 which included the following; John Cunniff, Boston College, forward (1963-66); Harvard forward, Gene Kinasewich (1964-66); defenseman Douglas Murray from Cornell (1999-03); Vic Stanfield, Boston University defenseman (1972-75); and forward Dave Taylor, Clarkson (1973-77). The sixth group was announced on January 18 which included the following: Brown defenseman Bob Gaudreau (1964-66); Jeff Halpern, forward at Princeton (1995-99); forward Peter Lappin from St. Lawrence (1984-88); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute forward Adam Oates (1983-85); and defenseman Jack O’Callahan, Boston University (1975-79). On February 2 the League released the seventh group which included the following; Clarkson defenseman Bill Blackwood (1974-78); forward Brian Cornell from Cornell (1966-69); Yale forward Jeff Hamilton (1996-99, 2001); Lane MacDonald, Harvard forward, (1985-87, 1989); and goaltender Tim Thomas, Vermont, (1993-97).
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.
Group No. 8 includes the following:
Bob Brown - Boston University., Defenseman, (1970-72) - Toronto, Ontario
Two-Time All-America (1971-72) ... 1972 ECAC Hockey Player of Year ... 1971 ECAC Hockey Rookie of Year ... Two-Time All-Conference First Team (1971-72) ... Compiled an Astounding 110 Points in 62 Collegiate Games from the Blue Line ... School Record Holder for Goals by Defenseman in Season (17, 1970-71) ... Assisted on a Career-Best 43 Goals in 1970-71 -- Totals Rank Ninth All Time on Terriers List for Assists in Season ... Two-Time All-Tournament (First Team 1972; Second Team 1971) ... Two-Time NCAA All-Tournament (1971-72) ... Two-Time NCAA Champions (1971-72) ... Member of 1972 League Champions ... Inducted in Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 ... Played Professionally with Philadelphia, New York and Jersey of the World Hockey Association (WHA)
Doug Ferguson - Cornell University, Forward, (1964-67) - Central Botte, Saskatchewan
Two-Time All-America (1966-67) ... 1967 ECAC Hockey Player of Year ... 1965 ECAC Hockey Rookie of Year ... Three-Time All-Conference (First Team 1966-67; Second Team 1965) ... Two-Time All-Tournament First Team (1966-67) ... 1967 ECAC Hockey Tournament Most Outstanding Player ... 1967 NCAA Second-Team All-Tournament ... Co-Captain of Big Red’s 1966 Squad ... Cornell’s Record-Holder for Goals in Season (37, 1966) ... 1966 ECAC Hockey Goals Leader (37 Goals in 27 Games) ... 1966 ECAC Hockey Points Leader (71 Points in 27 Games) ... Ranks Fourth All Time Among Cornell Scorers with 187 Points in 82 Career Contests ... Co-Recipient of Cornell’s 1965 Nicky Bawlf Award as Team Most Valuable Player ... Member of 1967 NCAA and League Champions ... Inducted into Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979 ... Passed Away in November 2003
Dan Fridgen - Colgate University, Forward, (1979-82) - Amprior, Ontario
1981 All-Conference Second Team ... Two-Time ECAC Hockey Goals Leader [All Games] (1981: 37 Goals in 34 Games; 1982: 38 Goals in 29 Games) ... 1981 ECAC Hockey Co-Leader in Points [All Games] (68 Points in 34 Games) ... Three-Time Captain of Raiders’ Team (Tri-Captain 1980-82) ... Guided Colgate to School’s First 20-Win Season in 1980-81 (21 Wins) ... Led Colgate in Goals Three Times and Points Two Times ... Colgate’s All-Time Goals Leader (114 Goals in 113 Games) ... One of Only Two Raiders to Score 100-Plus Career Goals ... Ranks Fourth All-Time on Colgate’s Points List (192) ... Colgate’s Season Record Holder for Points (68, 1980-81) and Goals (38, 1981-82) ... Named Colgate’s Best Offensive Player on Two Occasions (1981-82) ... Colgate Record Holder with Goals in 12 Consecutive Games (1980-81) ... Netted a Hat Trick in Four Consecutive Contests -- Accomplishment Earned Feature in Sport's Illustrated Faces in the Crowd (1982) ... Registered Nine Career Hat Tricks, Third Highest Total in Colgate History ... Played with Hartford Whalers of National Hockey League (NHL) After Graduation from Colgate ... Appeared in 13 Games with Whalers, Scoring Two Goals and Adding Three Assists ... Inducted into Colgate Athletics Hall of Honor in 1995
Tim Sheehy - Boston College, Forward, (1967-70) - Fort Frances, Ontario
Two-Time All-America (1969-70) ... Two-Time All-East Selection ... Two-Time All-Conference (First Team 1970; Second Team 1969) ... 1970 ECAC Hockey Player of Year ... 1968 ECAC Hockey All-Tournament First Team ... 1970 ECAC Hockey Points Leader (68 points in 24 games) ... Led Eagles in Scoring in Each of Three Seasons (1968-70) ... Established Scoring Standard at Boston College with 185 Points (74 Goals, 111 Assists) During 80-Game Career ... Member of the 1971 U.S. National Team ... Captain of 1972 U.S. Olympic Team, Which Claimed Silver Medal ... Played Professionally in the National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA) ... Competed in 27 NHL Games with Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers ... Spent Six Seasons in WHA with New England Whalers, Edmonton Oilers and Birmingham Bulls ... (WHA) ... Amassed 350 Points, Including 177 Goals, in 433 Games in WHA ... Inducted into Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975, and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997
Todd White Clarkson University, Forward, (1993-97) - Kanata, Ontario
Two-Time All-America (First Team 1997; Second Team 1996) ... 1997 Hobey Baker Award Finalist … 1990-99 ECAC Hockey All-Decade First Team ... 1997 ECAC Hockey Player of Year ... Two-Time All-Conference (First Team 1997; Second Team 1996) ... 1997 ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team ... 1997 ECAC Hockey Goals Leader (24 goals in 22 games) ... 1997 ECAC Hockey Points Leader (All Games: 74 points in 37 games; 47 points in 22 games) ... NCAA’s Top Scorer in 1996-97 with 2.03 PPG … Co-Captain of Clarkson’s 1997 Squad … Ranks No. 4 All Time Among Golden Knights' Scorers with 198 Points in 143 Games ... First Clarkson Player to Record Back-to-Back 70-Point Seasons (72 as Junior; 74 as Senior) ... Clarkson Record Holder for Power-Play Goals in Season (15) and Career (38) ... Helped Green and Gold to Two Regular-Season Titles (1995-97), Four Championship Berths and Three Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances (1995, 1996, 1997) … 1997 GTE Academic All-America ... Enjoying a Tremendous Career in National Hockey League (NHL) Spanning 13 Seasons ... Entered 2010-11 Campaign with 635 NHL Games, Recording 379 Points (140 Goals)