League’s Best Defensive Defenseman Award goes to Gostisbehere & Robertson

League’s Best Defensive Defenseman Award goes  to Gostisbehere & Robertson

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced Union’s Shayne Gostisbehere and Dennis Robertson, Brown have been named the 2013-14 Men’s Co-Best Defensive Defenseman Award winners as selected by the league’s coaches.

Recently named a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the top prize given to the nation’s best college hockey player, Gostisbehere is a solid two-way player who led the conference in goals scored, shots and tied for the led league with a plus/minus rating of +19 among his counterparts. Often matched-up against the opponent’s top line, the Philadelphia Flyers third-round draft pick from 2012, has set a school record for shots in a season by a defenseman (141) at and owns six multiple-point games this season. The junior ranks second on the team in assists (20), third in blocked shots (35) and fifth in scoring (28 points) and was recently named to the league’s first-team all-conference team.

Robertson, a two-time team captain, put together another impressive all-around season for the Bears. He started 22 games on left defense and logged substantial minutes as one-half of the team’s top defensive pairing, providing a stabilizing presence to a blue line that was plagued by injuries throughout the season in conference play. He finished with 17 points on six goals and 11 assists, scoring all six goals in ECAC Hockey contests. He led the team with 55 blocked shots and finished with a +11 rating. Robertson was part large part of Brown special teams, playing on both the penalty kill and power-play units, and finished tied for the team-high with five power-play goals and a conference-high two game-winning goals.

Robertson, who recently signed a professional contract with Carolina Hurricanes, finished his Brown career with 17 goals and 53 assists for 70 points in 128 games played. He ranks in the top-10 in program history for both points and assists by a defenseman.