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Northeastern’s junior goaltender, Brad Thiessen, key to the school’s turnaround, was named Hockey East’s Player of the Year. He lead the conference with a .932 save percentage and 2.00 goals against average while playing every minute of the season in goal for the Huskies. Northeastern reached the Garden Semis for the first time since 1994 bolstered by his play in net. His coach, Greg Cronin, won the well deserved Coach of the Year award as the Huskies really came out of nowhere to finish second in the league standings, a single point behind BU.
The Terriers boast the Rookie of the Year in goalie Kieran Millan, who was among four BU players to win all conference honors, the league high. Senior defensemen Matt Gilroy was the only holdover from last year’s selections.
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Hockey East Second Team:
The ten finalists for the Heisman of college hockey were announced and the winner will be named on Friday, April 10 at the Frozen Four in Washington, D.C. The ten will be whittled to three after the regionals next week. Hockey East is well represented with four nominations led by HEA POY Brad Thiessen. BU is the only institution with two finalists, defensemen Matt Gilroy and forward Colin Wilson. Vermont forward Viktor Stalberg is the fourth finalist from HEA. Among the other finalists are goalie Zane Kalemba of Princeton and Chad Johnson of Alaska. Completing the list are Air Force’s Jacques Lamoureux, Jamie McBain of Wisconsin, Michigan’s Louie Coporusso, and David McIntyre of Colgate.