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 annual awards as well as recognition of this year's senior class, Tom Comunale, Trevor Gerling, Jacob Poe, Cody Sharib, Brad Smith and Ryan Tyson.
Thomas J. Jacquard Award
Thomas Jacquard was a 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 Spencer Naas. He led all UConn rookies with 17 points on 13 goals and four assists. He was the team leader in goals scored and finished on the team in scoring. Naas ranked sixth in Hockey East in freshmen goal scoring and 11th amonth nation's rookies. His 14 goals are second in the UConn Division I record book for freshman goals scored.
The Most Valuable Player recognized the player who has provided the most for his team this season. This player's career as a Husky has amounted to 52 goals and 60 assists for a total of 112 points and he will leave a historic mark on UConn Hockey as he leaves as the all-time Division I leading scorer. This 2015 Team MVP is sophomore Rob Nichols. Appearing in and starting 35 games this season, Nichols posted a 2.73 goals against average with a .918 save percentage. His 1,052 saves ranked first in Hockey East and fourth in the country. He is just the second goaltender in UConn history to record over a 1,000 saves in a season and was just one of seven netminders in the country to hit the number this season. Nichols posted four shutouts, tied for tops in the leauge and 11th in the nation. His four shutouts all came at home in the XL Center.
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 2015 Seventh Player Award is senior Cody Sharib. This season, Sharib played in 30 games collecting eight points on seven goals and an assist. Over his four-year career, he appeared in 132 games and scored 48 points on 25 goals and 23 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 Ryan Tyson is this year's Silver Bowl winner. Tyson played in all 36 games this season, finishing with a goal and nine assists. His 47 blocked shots this season were a career-high. During his four year, he played in 123 career games with 26 points on nine goals and 17 assists. He finished with 107 career blocked shots.
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 2015 recipient of the Coach John Chapman award is senior Trevor Gerling. During his senior season, Gerling finished second on the team in points and goals. In 36 games, he scored 11 goals with seven assists for 18 points. During his career he appeared in 124 games with 64 points on 33 goals and 31 assists. He finished with four career multi-goal games and 15 career multi-point games.
Husky of the Year Award
A new award for 2015, the Husky of the Year Award was presented to Camden Soucy from TEAM Impact.