STORRS, Conn. – UConn sophomore Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn.) has been named a semifinalist for the 65th Walter Brown Award, given annually to the best American born college hockey player in New England.
The announcement came on Monday afternoon by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. Thompson is one of 23 NCAA Division I players named semifinalists for the award. The nation’s oldest nationally recognized college hockey honor, the Walter Brown Award was established in 1953 by the members of the 1933 Massachusetts Rangers, the first American team ever to win the World Championship Tournament. Brown coached the Rangers to the title in Prague, Czechoslovakia, that year; the team defeated Canada 2-1 in overtime in the championship game.
Thirteen teams are represented in the slate of candidates that includes 16 players from Hockey East. Thompson is one of eight repeat semifinalists, earning the nod last year.
Thompson is the Huskies’ top-scorer this season, piling up 27 points on 17 goals and 10 assists. His 17 goals is currently tied for third in Hockey East and tied for sixth nationally. On the power play, Thompson has found the back of the net six times, and he has had at least a point in 16 of 26 games played. He has posted eight multi-point efforts and six multi-goal games this season.
The finalists and winner of the award will be announced in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA tournament play. The award will be presented to the winner at the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner in April.