POTY Curry Leads Hockey East Awards

Top-to-bottom talent in Hockey East was on display during the league’s annual banquet, as players and coaches from seven different programs won major awards. Boston University senior John Curry was the biggest winner on the night, as he swept the RBK Player of the Year, Goaltending and Itech “Three Star” awards.

Curry outdistanced Boston College’s Brian Boyle, the league’s scoring champion (37 points on 13 goals and 24 assists), to take Player of the Year honors, while his 1.85 goals against average ensured him the title of goaltending champion. Boston College also snapped up the Best Defensive Forward award, thanks to senior Joe Rooney.

Curry’s BU teammate Sean Sullivan joined his goaltender in the winner’s circle as the unanimous winner of the Old-Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman award, and Maine freshman Teddy Purcell narrowly edged Northeastern’s stalwart freshman goaltender, Brad Thiessen, for Superskills Rookie of the Year honors.

Maine’s Mike Lundin finished his stellar run in Orono by winning the Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award, while Massachusetts took the Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award.

Although top-seeded New Hampshire didn’t win any individual accolades, it’s a safe bet that every member of the team takes a measure of pride in seeing the Wildcats’ coach, Richard Umile, win the CCM Bob Kullen Coach of the Year award.

RBK / CCM Player of the Year
John Curry, Boston University
(Sr. G; Shorewood, MN)
Runner-up: Brian Boyle, Boston College

Superskills Hockey Rookie of the Year
Teddy Purcell, Maine
(Fr. F; St. John’s, NF)
Runner-up: Brad Thiessen, Northeastern

CCM BOB KULLEN Coach of the Year
Richard Umile, New Hampshire
Runner-up: Donald “Toot” Cahoon, Massachusetts

Hockey East Scoring Champion
Brian Boyle, Boston College (37 points)
(Sr. F; Hingham, MA)
Runners-up: Trevor Smith, New Hampshire (32 pts)
Josh Soares, Maine (32 pts)

ITECH Goaltending Champion
John Curry, Boston University (1.85 GAA)
(Sr.; Shorewood, MN)
Runner-up: Joe Fallon, Vermont (1.90)

ITECH “Three Stars” Award
John Curry, Boston University
(Sr. G; Shorewood, MN)
Runners-up: Cory Schneider, Boston College
Jon Quick, Massachusetts

Ryan Sullivan, Merrimack
(Sr. D; Toronto, ON)
Hannaford Hockey East Kids’ Club

“Fan Favorite” Award
Mike Morris, Northeastern
(Sr. F; Braintree, MA)

Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award
Mike Lundin, Maine
(Sr. D; Apple Valley, MN)
Runner-up: Ryan Gunderson, Vermont

Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award
University of Massachusetts
Runner-up: UMass Lowell

Best Defensive Forward
Joe Rooney, Boston College
(Sr. F; Canton, MA)
Runner-up: Bryan Esner, Northeastern

Old Time Hockey
Best Defensive Defenseman
Sean Sullivan, Boston University
(Sr. D; Braintree, MA)