UMILE NAMED NEW ENGLAND COACH OF THE YEAR; REGAN SELECTED AS NE’S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER; THREE OTHERS HONORED
BOSTON – Head Coach Dick Umile of the University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team was selected as the New England’s Division I Coach of the Year, while senior netminder Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) added to his list of lengthy accomplishments as he was named NE’s Most Valuable Player by the New England Hockey Writers. In addition, Regan, Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.), Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) and Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) were among 12 players named to the New England All-Star Team. The announcements were made on Tuesday (April 1) and will be presented at the New England Hockey Writers annual awards banquet on Wednesday, April 16 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass.

Umile was named New England’s Division I Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his storied career. He was also honored as New England’s top coach in 1991, 1999 and 2003. In a season of parity in Hockey East, Umile’s Wildcats were the only standout team, posting a 19-5-3 record in the league to win the regular season title by eight points. The team earned a No. 1 seeding in the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a final record of 25-10-3. Umile opened the season by capturing his 400th-career win in a 4-1 win at Boston University. He captured his 15th 20+ win season and captured 25 wins in back-to-back seasons. This year, the Wildcats were the first team in college hockey to win their league’s regular season as the team won its seven regular season title during Umile’s tenure and second in as many seasons.

Regan has already taken home his share of hardware this season. He is currently one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, was selected unanimously as Hockey East’s Player of the Year, named an All-Hockey East First Team honoree, a Walter Brown Award recipient, was Hockey East Goalie of the Month in February, split Hockey East Player of the Week honors Feb. 25, took home Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors seven times this season – most recently March 24 when he shared the award after setting a Hockey East semifinal record for saves by stopping a career-high 62 shots in a triple-overtime loss to Boston College on March 21. At 23-8-1, Regan is the first goaltender in UNH history to post back-to-back 20-win seasons. His .933 save percentage is the second best single-season mark in school history, trailing only his own .935 effort from last season. Regan’s 23 wins and 2.12 goals-against-average rank him fourth on UNH’s single-season lists in those respective categories. Regan has won 13 of his last 16 games, including an unbeaten month of February when he was 7-0-1.   

Radja ranks 12th nationally in scoring at 1.19 ppg, fourth in game-winning goals with six and 21st in goals at 0.53 gpg. Radja broke out in February when he was named National Player of the Month. Radja recorded 16 points (5g, 11a) as he tallied at least a point in all eight games lifting the Wildcats to their first unbeaten February (7-0-1) in over 80 years.

Flaishans is among the top offensive defensemen in Hockey East, ranking third in scoring at 0.65 ppg (5g, 19a). He’s the leading scorer among UNH defenseman and has a +9 rating this season.

Fornataro is the team’s leading scorer and ranks 11th nationally at 1.21 ppg. In addition, Fornataro ranks 15th nationally in assists (0.56 apg) and was Hockey East Player of the Week once and was the league’s Player of the Month in October. A nominee for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, Fornataro most recently added to his resume by tallying his first career hat trick in his final game at the Whittemore Center on March 15.
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