BOSTON, MA - The University of New Hampshire captured the Hockey East regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the Frozen Four this weekend, has also landed a number of honors from the New England Hockey Writers Association.
Hobey Baker finalist Darren Haydar (Milton, ONT) has received both the Leonard Fowle Award as New England's Most Valuable Player, as well as the Herb Gallagher Award as the Outstanding Forward. Entering the Frozen Four, Haydar has 31 goals and 45 assists for 76 points, tops in the nation. He has 11 power-play goals, six game-winning goals and one shorthanded score. For his career, Haydar has 102 goals, 117 assists for 219 points. He is second all-time at UNH in goals and third in both assists and points. Haydar's dynamic teammate Colin Hemingway (Surrey, BC) has won the Paul Hines Award as the Most Improved Player in New England. Hemingway has improved from nine goals and 27 points as a sophomore to 33 goals and 66 points as a junior. UNH freshman Sean Collins (Reading, MA) has won the George Carens Award as New England's Rookie of the Year. The freshman, who was also the Hockey East Rookie of the Year, has posted a 19-25-44 line with 13 power-play goals this season. In his 12th season as head coach of the Wildcats, UNH's Dick Umile has won the Clark Hodder Award as the Division I Coach of the Year.
Northeastern's Jim Fahey (Milton, MA) won the New England Writers Award as the Outstanding Defenseman. An All-Hockey East selection, Fahey led the nation in scoring for defensemen during the regular season and finished the year with an NU blueliner record of 46 points (14-32-46). BU's Mike Pandolfo (Burlington, MA) won the Frank Jones Trophy as the Outstanding Defensive Forward. Pandolfo, who had 40 points as a senior, was also named Hockey East's Best Defensive Forward. UMass-Lowell's Chris Gustafson (Elrose, SASK) has won the Joe Tomasello Award as the Unsung Hero in New England.
The seven award winners will be formally recognized at the 2002 New England Hockey Writers Association Banquet at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass. April 10. Contact John Bishop (Northeastern University) at (617) 373-4458 for further details.
2001-02 New England Hockey Writers Association Men's Individual Awards
Leonard Fowle Award (Most Valuable Player) - Darren Haydar, New Hampshire
Herb Gallagher Award (Outstanding Forward) - Darren Haydar, New Hampshire
New England Writers Award (Outstanding Defenseman) - Jim Fahey, Northeastern
Frank Jones Award (Outstanding Defensive Forward) - Mike Pandolfo, Boston University
Paul Hines Award (Most Improved) - Colin Hemingway, New Hampshire
George Carens Award (Rookie of the Year) - Sean Collins, New Hampshire
Joe Tomasello Award (Unsung Hero) - Chris Gustafson, UMass-Lowell
Clark Hodder Award (Coach of the Year) - Dick Umile, New Hampshire