Due the wealth of talent on the ice, the race for playoff positioning in the Hockey East standings went down to the last day of the regular season. Hockey East has recognized the players, who had the most impact on the season, by naming its award winners and All-Rookie team.
The award winners will be feted at the annual Hockey East awards banquet at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday, March 17, 2016. The event will be hosted by ESPN’s John Buccigross.
Without further adieu, ladies and gentlemen, here are your 2015-2016 Hockey East award recipients:
Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award: Joe Gambardella, UMass Lowell (Jr., Staten Island, N.Y.). Runner-up: Shane Walsh, Massachusetts (Sr., F; West Roxbury, Mass.).
Gladiator Custom Mouthguards Best Defensive Forward: Sam Herr, Notre Dame (Sr., F; Hinsdale, Ill.). Runner-up: A.J. White, UMass Lowell (Sr., F; Dearborn, Mich.).
Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award: Northeastern University Runner-up: UMass Lowell.
Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman Award: Steve Santini, Boston College (Jr., D; Mahopac, N.Y.). Runner-up: Ian McCoshen, Boston College (Jr., D; Faribault, Minn.) and Tom Parisi, Providence College (Sr., D; Commack, N.Y.).
Army ROTC Three Stars Award: Kevin Boyle, UMass Lowell (Sr., G; Manalapan, N.J.). Runners-up: Nick Ellis, Providence College (Jr., G; Millersville, Md.) and Thatcher Demko, Boston College (Jr., G; San Diego, Calif.).
Stop It Goaltending Champion: Kevin Boyle, UMass Lowell (Sr., G; Manalapan, N.J.). Runner-up: Cal Petersen, Notre Dame (So., G; Waterloo, Iowa.).
Hockey East Scoring Champion: Andrew Poturalski, New Hampshire (12g, 19a, 31p) (So., F; Williamsville, N.Y.). Runner-up: Colin White, Boston College (12g, 17a, 29p) (Fr., F; Hanover, Mass.).
Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team:
D: Casey Fitzgerald, BC (N. Reading, Mass.)
D: Charlie McAvoy, BU (Long Beach, N.Y.)
D: Bobby Nardella, ND (Rosemont, Ill.)
F: Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, BU (Stockholm, Sweden)
F: Max Letunov, UConn (Moscow, Russia)
F: Colin White, BC (Hanover, Mass.)
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