College Hockey:
Middlebury’s Cooper is AHCA College Division POTY

Four Repeat All-Americans Selected

— Middlebury senior Kevin Cooper has been chosen the American Hockey Coaches Association College Division Player of the Year, and seven players competing for the NCAA Division III championship at Norwich this weekend have been honored as Jofa All-Americans for 2003-04.

All were selected by Division III hockey coaches.



Cooper, a native of Mississaugua, Ontario, leads the Panthers with 30 goals and 20 assists in 27 games. Entering this weekend’s games, Cooper has a career total of 94-58-152.

“Kevin Cooper has been Middlebury College’s best hockey player for the past three seasons,” said Middlebury coach Bill Beaney. Cooper is the fourth player of the year to attend Middlebury; forward Mark Spence was honored in 1998, defenseman Ian Smith in 1996, and forward Ray Alcindor in 1994.

Four forwards are repeat first-team All-Americans: New England’s Travis Banga, Cooper of Middlebury, Jason Deitsch of St. Norbert, and Norwich’s Kurtis McLean. St. John’s led all schools with five selections, two first team and three second team.

All-Americans are selected by the American Hockey Coaches Association.

First Team


Raj Bhangoo, Sr., G, Wentworth
Lou DiMasi, Sr., D, Norwich
Lawne Snyder, Sr., D, Elmira
Travis Banga, Sr., F, New England College
Kurtis McLean, Jr., F, Norwich
Kevin Cooper, Sr., F, Middlebury


Jeff Dotson, Sr., G, Wis.-Stout
Daryl Smoleroff, So., D, St. John’s
Ryan Tew, Jr., D, St. Norbert
Scott Bjorklund, So., F, St. John’s
Jason Dietsch, Jr., F, St. Norbert
Dustin Lick, Jr., F, St. Thomas

Second Team


Adam Lavelle, Jr., G, Hobart
Joe Carrabs, Sr., D, Oswego
Chad Kemp, Sr., D, Plattsburgh
Chris Lee, Sr., F, Potsdam
Don Patrick, Sr., F, Oswego
Mike Tarantino, Sr., F, RIT


Adam Hanna, Fr., G, St. John’s
Adam Holmgren, Jr., D, St. John’s
Dale Lupul, Jr., D, Wis.-Superior
Spencer Carberry, So., F, St. Norbert
Jim Murphy, Sr., F, Wis.-River Falls
Kevin Willey, Sr. F, St. John’s

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