Saints Dominate ECAC Year-End Hardware

St. Lawrence, a surprise second-place finisher in the ECAC regular season, led the way at the annual ECAC awards banquet by dominating the major awards — winning four, including Eric Heffler’s double as Player of the Year and as the Dryden Award winner, for Goaltender of the Year.

Saints forward Brandon Dietrich was named ECAC Rookie of the Year, while SLU head man Joe Marsh was Coach of the Year.

In the other awards handed out, Syl Apps of Princeton was awarded Defensive Forward of the Year, and Jeff Burgoyne of Cornell took home Defensive Defenseman of the Year.

The ECAC all-league and all-rookie teams were also announced. Heffler was placed on the first team all-ECAC, joined by last year’s ECAC co-Rookies of the Year, Willie Mitchell on defense and Erik Cole up front. Alongside those three was a repeat first-teamer in Jeff Hamilton of Yale, then Burgoyne and Danny Riva of Rensselaer.

The second team consisted of Alex Westlund of Yale; Bob Prier of St Lawrence; Jeff Halpern of Princeton; Andy McDonald of Colgate; Steve Shirreffs of Princeton; and Jason Reid of Vermont.

ECAC All-Stars

First Team
F Jeff Hamilton Jr Yale
F Erik Cole So Clarkson
F Danny Riva Sr Rensselaer
D Willie Mitchell So Clarkson
D Jeff Burgoyne Sr Cornell
G Eric Heffler Sr St. Lawrence

Second Team
F Bob Prier Sr St. Lawrence
F Jeff Halpern Sr Princeton
F Andy McDonald Jr Colgate
D Jason Reid Sr Vermont
D Steve Shirreffs Sr Princeton
G Alex Westlund Sr Yale

Honorable Mentions: Syl Apps, Princeton; Kyle Knopp, Cornell; Alain
St. Hilaire, Rensselaer; Dale Clarke, St. Lawrence; Andreas Moborg,
Vermont; Scott Peach, Dartmouth; Joel Laing, Rensselaer.

ECAC All-Rookie Team

F  Brandon Dietrich        St Lawrence
F Matt Murley Rensselaer
F Jamie Herrington Dartmouth
F Denis Ladouceur Cornell
D Kerry Ellis-Toddington Clarkson
D Ray DiLauro St. Lawrence
G Shawn Grant Clarkson

Honorable Mentions: Mike Maturo, Dartmouth; Josh Barker, Brown.