UNH's Saviano named New England's Most Outstanding Forward

BOSTON-- Senior co-captain Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was named the 2004 recipient of the Herb Gallagher Award, given annually to New England's Most Outstanding Forward, as announced by the New England Hockey Writers Association.

Saviano was also voted one of 12 All-New England All-Stars and will be presented with these awards, as well as the prestigious Walter Brown Award, given to the best American-born college hockey player in New England, on Wednesday, April 14 at the New England Hockey Writers Banquet in Saugus, Mass. at Prince Restaurant.

Saviano is the sixth player in school history to take home the Herb Gallagher Award. The last Wildcat to win the award was Darren Haydar in 2001-2002.

Saviano, who enjoyed his finest season as a Wildcat, recorded 27 goals and 22 assists for 49 points in 41 games in his senior campaign. He led the Wildcats' squad in points, goals, plus/minus (+15) and shots (140). Saviano ranks tied for eighth in point scoring among Div. I players and his 1.20 points per game is ninth best in the nation. His 27 goals is tied for third best on the the Div. I leaderboard.

Saviano registered 9-8-17 with a +11 plus/minus rating in 14 games vs. nationally ranked opponents. He posted a career-high four goals twice this season, Oct. 24 vs. Canisius and Jan. 23 vs. Merrimack. He also tallied a career-high five points Jan. 23rd, as well as a career-high three assists Dec. 5 at Clarkson.

Saviano, the Hockey East Player of the Year in 2003-2004, was also named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and was also the only unanimous First-Team Hockey East All-Star, as selected by the league's nine coaches.

In 24 Hockey East games, Saviano amassed 25 points (14g, 11a), which ranked fifth among conference players. He posted at least one point in 26 of UNH's 41 contests with 11 multi-point games to his credit. Entering his senior season, Saviano had accumulated 23 goals in his previous three seasons as a Wildcat.

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