STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey program held their annual end of the season team banquet on Friday, April 17th at the Alumni Center on the Storrs campus.
The annual event featured the presentation of the team's awards as well as recognition of this year's graduating senior class in Patrick Kirtland, Shawn Pauly, Joey Ferriss, Kyle Huson and Tyler Helton.
Thomas J. Jacquard Award
Thomas Jacquard was an UConn hockey freshman in 1989 when he was involved in a fatal car accident while on his way home for Thanksgiving break. This award was created in his honor to recognize the freshmen athlete who has performed exceptionally well on the ice and has exemplified UConn Hockey off the ice. This year's recipient of the Thomas Jacquard award is Tage Thompson. He finished the season with 32 points on 14 goals and 18 assists. Thompson led the nation in power play goals this season, finding the back of the net 13 times when the Huskies had the extra skater. He finished his rookie season third in the UConn Division I record book for points by a rookie, second in goal by a rookie and third in assists by a rookie.
The Most Valuable Player recognized the player who has provided the most for his team this season. The 2016 Team MVP is freshman Max Letunov. He is the first player in program history to earn Hockey East all-conference honors with his selection to the second team all-stars this year. He was also named to the league’s All-Rookie squad. Letunov became the fourth Husky in the program’s Division I history (1998-present) and the first since Cole Schneider in 2011-12 to post a 40-point season. He finished the season with 40 points coming on a team-high 16 goals and 24 assists. He set new UConn Division I rookie records for points, goals and assists. He finished second on the all-time rookie scoring list to Dave L’Ecuyer who posted 43 points during the 1978-79 season. The rookie sensation averaged 1.11 points per game this season and had at least a point in 22 of the team’s final 25 games. He finished the year tied for eighth in Hockey East in scoring and second among rookies.
Seventh Player Award
The Seventh Player is the man that every player would like to have by his side on the ice. He is voted on by his teammates as the athlete who has consistently performed above and beyond the call of duty. The winner of the 2016 Seventh Player Award is senior Kyle Huson. This season, Huson finished with five assists over 27 games on the blue line for the Huskies, matching his career-high. He was a+1 for the season and was fourth on the team with 36 blocked shots. Over his four-year career, he appeared in 134 games and scored 17 points on three goals and 14 assists.
Silver Bowl Award
Each year the Silver Bowl is awarded to the senior athlete who has exemplified what it means to be a Husky on and off the ice for his four years here. This year's winner is the epitome of UConn Hockey, as voted on by his teammates. Senior captain Patrick Kirtland is this year's Silver Bowl winner. Kirtland played in all 36 games this season and finished fifth on the team in scoring posting career-high numbers. He scored seven goals with 10 assists for 17 points, all career-highs. Over his four-year career, Kirtland played in 137 games, tied for 14th on the all-time list. He scored 48 points on 21 goals and 27 assists in an UConn uniform. Defensively, he blocked 134 shots in his career as a forward, twice leading all UConn forwards in blocks during a season.
Coach John Chapman Award
The Coach John Chapman award is given to the player who has demonstrated what it means to be a leader. He is a player who continually made sacrifices for the team; always putting them first. This player is one who has consistently risen to any challenge, and has graciously accepted any task asked of him. The winner is chosen by the coaching staff and the 2016 recipients of the Coach John Chapman award are senior Joey Ferriss and Shawn Pauly. Ferriss skated in 34 games his senior season, posting 10 points on five goals and five assists, setting new career-highs in goals and points. He led the team in 2015-16 with a +3 rating on the ice. Over his career, he appeared in 120 games, scoring 32 points on 14 goals and 18 assists. Pauly finished his senior season third on the team in scoring, posting 21 points on seven goals and 14 assists over 31 games. In each of his four season, he scored at least 20 points finished he career with 83 points on 28 goals and 55 assists. He ranks 14th on the UConn Division I career points list and tied for ninth on the Division I career assists list. His 140 career games is tied for ninth on the all-time list.
The Mitchell Family Award
New this year, the Mitchell Family Award is being named after Jim and Jane Mitchell. No two people have dedicated more time, money and energy into UConn Hockey. The award will now honor someone who affects the success of our program off the ice. It will recognize a person or family who demonstrates unparalleled dedication and loyalty to the UConn Hockey Program. This year's recipient is Tyler Helton. Helton played for the Huskies as a freshman in 2012-13. He appeared in 14 games as a rookie, totaling three points on two assists and one goal. The past three seasons, Helton worked as a student manager for Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh and the Huskies coaching staff. Helton assisted Coach Cavanaugh and his staff with scouting reports, breaking down film, practice planning, and tracking recruits
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