Drury, Gionta, Crowder Highlight Hockey East Honors

Boston University senior captain Chris Drury, who was named the Koho Player of the Year and Best Defensive Forward, highlighted the 1997-98 Hockey East Awards Banquet, held tonight at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The Terrier captain led his team in scoring with 24 goals and 26 assists as he won the league’s top award for the second straight year.

Boston College freshman Brian Gionta was named Rookie of the Year. Gionta led all freshmen in the Hockey East scoring race with 25 goals and 23 assists.

Northeastern coach Bruce Crowder was voted Coach of the Year, the third such award of his career. He becomes the first coach to win the award at two different Hockey East schools, having earned his previous two at UMass-Lowell. Crowder guided the Huskies to a fourth-place finish in Hockey East after they were picked to finish last in the preseason.

Maine junior captain Steve Kariya was awarded the Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award. The Ceglarski Award, named after the longtime Boston College coach, is emblematic of the league’s most gentlemanly player.

Rosters for the league’s all-conference teams and all-rookie team were also announced, as follows:

First Team

Marc Robitaille, Northeastern, So, Goalie
Mike Mottau, Boston College, So, Defense
Tom Poti, Boston Universty, So, Defense
Chris Drury, Boston University, Sr, Forward
Jason Krog, New Hampshire, Jr, Forward
Marty Reasoner, Boston College, Jr, Forward

Second Team

Michel Larocque, Boston University, Jr, Goalie
Chris Kelleher, Boston University, Sr, Defense
Mike Nicholishen, UMass-Lowell, Sr, Defense
Derek Bekar, New Hampshire, Jr, Forward
Brian Gionta, Boston College, Fr, Forward
Mark Mowers, New Hampshire, Sr, Forward

Honorable Mention: goaltender Sean Matile, New Hampsire; defensemen David Cullen, Maine, Jayme Filipowicz, New Hampshire; and Darrel Scoville, Merrimack; and forwards Steve Kariya, Maine; Tom Nolan, New Hampshire; Kris Porter, Merrimack; and Shawn Wansborough, Maine.

1997-98 All-Rookie Team

Boyd Ballard, Providence, Goalie
Scott Clemmensen, Boston College, Goalie
Bobby Allen, Boston College, Defense
Rob Scuderi, Boston College, Defense
Carl Corazzini, Boston University, Forward
Brian Cummings, Northeastern, Forward
Brian Gionta, Boston College, Forward
Matthias Trattnig, Maine, Forward

Heaton/Hockey East Goalie All-Stars

Marc Robitaille, Northeastern, First Team All-Star
Michel Larocque, Boston University, Second Team All-Star
Sean Matile, New Hampshire, Honorable Mention
Boyd Ballard, Providence, All-Rookie Team
Scott Clemmensen, Boston College, All-Rookie Team