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BC goalie Muse earns Walter Brown Award

Boston College senior goaltender John Muse is this year’s winner of the Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.

Muse, who was the Eagles’ goaltender for their NCAA championships in 2008 and 2010, topped a slate of 15 semifinalists for the award, the nation’s oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor.

The award was established in 1953 by the members of the 1933 Massachusetts Rangers, the first American team ever to win the World Championship tournament. Walter Brown coached the Rangers to the title in Prague, Czechoslovakia, that year as the team defeated Canada, 2-1, in overtime in the championship game.

Three other candidates from the group of 15 were named finalists in this year’s voting, including junior goalie Joe Cannata of Merrimack, senior forward Paul Thompson from New Hampshire and senior forward Broc Little of Yale.

Muse was a unanimous Hockey East first-team all-star selection, leading the circuit’s goaltenders in all statistical categories both in league and overall play. He allowed 40 goals in 23 league games for a sparkling 1.84 goals-against average. His 560 saves made for a .933 save percentage, and his record in league play was 18-4-1.

“This year’s field of semifinalists included four goaltenders and there were several others who had fine seasons, but did not make the cut,” selection committee chairman Tim Costello said in a statement. “That’s an indicator of the tremendous importance of a playing well in the goal, and it is hard to find a goaltender who has done the job better or more consistently, year-in and year-out, than John Muse.”

The 59th Walter Brown Award will be presented at the annual New England College Hockey Writers’ Dinner on April 13 in Saugus, Mass.

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  • #1 Ranked

    Nationally recognized?? It’s only for those going to school in New England

    • http://twitter.com/SilenceIsGolder Danny Patrick

      Nationally recognized doesn’t mean nationally available.

  • Kdryden29

    Helps to be on a stacked team.

    • Anonymous

      also helps to actually watch the games

      • TheWeasel

        Really it helps the goalie to watch the games. What a great concept. I don’t think the goalie on the bench “watching the game” is 21-1, its the one “playing the game”. Or do you help him by watching the game? I am trying to figure out how your comment is any better.

        • jjcd9884

          no idea what you’re talking about

    • Rob

      What a little mind muse is 21-1 in ncaa and hockey east tournament play name another goalie with a similar record there are none !!!!!!!!! Get a grip!!!

      • I’m Rich…You’re NOT.

        Muse sure played a good game tonight! LOL…he sucks……can’t hang with WCHA…BC was wayyyyyy too overrated! Have fun this year watching the Frozen Four on TV! Oh yeah….isn’t he 12-2 now? hahah….did I mention that Boston College Blows?

        • Jay

          what an idiot…did you actually watch the game? or just look at the box score?

          to say he sucks is just ridiculous. he has nothing to be ashamed of…two national titles and many other championships. grow up.

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  • Nickraimondi

    Muse should give that award to the team in front of him. He is highly overrated as a goalie. There are many goalies I would take before Muse. Muse’s success is a bi-product of having an amazing offensive and defensive juggernaut of a team in front of him. The team is so good they make up for Muse’s short comings as a goalie.

    • Jay

      ya, that’s why he was voted runner up as hockey east player of the year…get a clue. he bailed the defense out in front of him many times this year.

  • Poker Face

    Hey NickRaimondi, why don’t you stick to talking about what you know and tell us about your UNH regular season champs tshirt collection? A shame you couldn’t add another one this year but I’m sure the past ones will look good at those summer BBQs.

    Muse has been fantastic this year and saved BC’s bacon at least 10 times. Any BC fan that has watched the BC games this year would know this. He is healthy and has improved dramatically from the prior 3 years. Why don’t you give the kid some due. All he does is win. A far cry from the UNH goalies, all they do is lose in the postseason.

  • Blisteriii

    He also got worked by Colorado College……..Snap!

  • Let-the-air-out

    Get out the head reduction machine!!!!!!!!

  • WCHA

    This is terrible he got totally worked by CC let in what 7 goals haha couldn’t handle the WCHA, would be sittin on the bench on any time in the WCHA besides Tech

    • Jay

      LOL…another idiot

  • Sioux

    Congrats to Muse. Everyone and every team has a bad game. BC decided everyone was going to play bad against CC. Been there. Usually against BC.

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