MENS HOCKEY AND HOCKEY EAST ANNOUNCES FAN-VOTED ALL-DECADE TEAM
DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team, in conjunction with Hockey East, is proud to announced its 12-player all decade team, as voted on by fans through HockeyEastOnline. The Hockey East All-Decade teams are sponsored by Torspo Hockey. Members of UNH’s All-Decade Team include forwards Sean Collins, Darren Haydar, Colin Hemingway, Mike Radja, Steve Saviano, James van Riemsdyk; defensemen Brian Yandle, Garrett Stafford, Brad Flaishans, Tyson Teplitsky; and goaltenders Mike Ayers and Kevin Regan.
The fans had a tough task, as the Wildcats were the winningest team in Hockey East over this 10-year span, amassing a 148-64-44 record in Hockey East with a 233-113-51 overall make. As a group, UNH’s All Decade team combined to earn All-America honors 11 times and there were finalists for three Hobey Baker Awards. The team won four of the 10 Hockey East Player of the Year awards with a fifth player of the year recipient left off this talent-laden group. Overall, this group contributed in four Hockey East regular season championships, two Hockey East tournament championships, nine trips to the NCAA’s and two trips to the Frozen Four.
Voting for the Hockey East All-Decade team will run through Tuesday, March 9 at www.HockeyEastOnline.com. The Hockey East All-Decade team will be announced during the 26th Annual Hockey East Championship Tournament at TD Garden in Boston on March 19-20. The player voted as Fan Favorite of the decade for each school will also be announced during the 26th Annual Hockey East Championship Tournament.
Sean Collins (2001-05 - Reading, Mass.)
Collins played for the Wildcats for four season and earned All-America status in 2005. Over his career he tallied 173 points (tied for 12th on the all-time scoring list) in a program-record 164 games with 77 goals and 96 assists. The Reading, Mass. native ranked tied for seventh in the nation with 1.33 ppg in his final season at UNH. He was named to the New England All-Star team in 2005. In his senior year, he led the squad in scoring with 56 points. In 2002 he was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year.
Darren Haydar (1998-2002 – Milton, Ontario)
In his four-year stint with the Wildcats, Haydar racked up 219 points in 158 games with 102 goals and 117 assists. He ranks third on UNH’s career goals list. Also, he is third on the leaderboard for both assists and points. He is one of two UNH skaters to score over 100 career goals. In 2002, he was a Hobey Baker finalist, earned Hockey East Player of the Year and Hockey East Tournament MVP honors. Haydar was named an All-American in 2002. In his senior season he led the Wildcats in scoring with 31-45-76, and was the national points leader in points per game (1.90). Haydar led the ‘Cats to their first-ever Hockey East tournament title as well as the regular season crown.
Colin Hemingway (1999-2003 – Surrey, British Columbia)
Hemingway was named a first team All-American in 2002 and second team All-American in 2003. Over his career he played in 139 games scoring 67 goals, 81 assists and racking up a total of 148 points. With those 67 goals he ranks 24th on the all time scoring list. He ranks sixth on the single-season goal total having scored 33 in the 2001-02 season his junior year. This Surrey, B.C. native skated to Hockey East All-Star first team honors in 2002 and second team in 2003.
Mike Radja (2004-08 – Yorkville, Ill.)
Radja skated for the Wildcats from 2004-2008. He played in 149 games scoring 54 goals, racking up 63 assists and 117 points. In his senior season, Radja had a career high of 43 points potting 19 goals. He was a first team All-Hockey East selection and a New England All-Star. In 2008, he was College Hockey Association’s National Player of the Month in February and earned Inside College Hockey’s National Player of the Week in the same month. He was an All-American in 2008.
Steve Saviano (2000-04 - Reading, Mass.)
An All-American in 2004, Saviano skated four solid years with the Wildcats with none-better than his 2004 campaign. In 139 games played, he scored 50 goals, had 67 assists and totaled 117 points. In 2004, he was a Hobey Baker Finalist and Walter Brown Award winner. His 117 career points rank tied for 48th on the all-time Wildcat scoring list. He was named 2004 Hockey East Player of the Year.
James van Riemsdyk (2007-09 – Middletown, N.J.)
van Riemsdyk was a Hockey East All-Rookie selection in 2007-08, as he posted 34 points on 11 goals and 23 assists. In 2008-09, van Riemsdyk was an All-Hockey East Second Team honoree and a New England All-Star selection. Overall, as a sophomore, he led the team with 40 points (17g, 23a) and ranked first on the team and second in the nation in short-handed goals with four. van Riemsdyk closed out the 2008-09 season a +14 and led the team in shots on goal at 138. van Riemsdyk finished his career with 74 points (28g, 46a) in just 67 games played (1.10 ppg). He was a two-time semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award (given to the top American born college hockey player in New England) and was Hockey East’s Rookie of the Month in March 2008.
Brian Yandle (2002-06 – Milton, Mass.)
Yandle was a Second-Team Hockey East All-Star in his final season at UNH. He ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 30 points (6g, 24a), skating in all 40 games for the Wildcats. His 24 assists were third-best on the 'Cats roster and his 166 shots ranked first on the team. He ranked 16th in the nation among Division I blueliners with 0.75 points per game. Yandle was also one of 15 finalists for the Walter Brown Award. In his UNH career, he skated in 153 career games and posted 99 career points (31g, 68a), which ranks third all-time among blueliners in the program's history. Yandle posted a career-high 35 points in 41 games as a junior and was a Second-Team All-America selection and a Second-Team Hockey East All-Star last season.
Garrett Stafford (1999-2003 – Los Angeles, Calif.)
Stafford (1999-03), the Wildcats only two-time Hockey East All-Tournament selection (2002, 2003), was a second team Hockey East All-Conference selection in 2002. Stafford finished with 76 points from the blue line and was named the Rod Langway Best Defenseman for UNH in 2001 and 2002.
Brad Flaishans (2004-08 – Glendale, Ariz.)
Flaishans was a 2008 first-team All American. He was a first-team All-Hockey East and a New England All Star and was among the top offensive defensemen in Hockey East ranking third at 0.65 ppg (5g, 19a). He was the leading scorer among UNH defenseman and had a +8 rating this season. Recently selected to the Frozen Four Skills Challenge team, Flaishans posted a career-best 24 points as he finished his career with 67 points in 144 games.
Tyson Teplitsky (2001-05 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Teplitsky was a part of two Frozen Four teams and finished his career a plus-57 overall. Teplitsky provided the Wildcats with a balance of offense and defense from the blueline, finishing with 62 points on 10 goals and 52 assists. Teplitsky’s name will also live in Wildcat history as scoring the game-winning goal in UNH’s overtime win in the 2003 Hockey East finals.
Mike Ayers (2000-04 – Hingham, Mass.)
Ayers left UNH as the winningest goalie in program history, guiding the Wildcats to a pair of Frozen Four appearances. Often regarded as the program’s best goaltender, Ayers was a 2003 All-American and was named USA Hockey College Player of the Year. In addition, Ayers was the Walter Brown Award winner in 2003 and set single season records for wins, saves, save percentage, shutouts and minutes that season. Ayers was the Hockey East Co-Player of the Year in 2003.
Kevin Regan (2004-08 – South Boston, Mass.)
Regan left UNH after having one of the most decorated seasons in UNH history in 2008. He was named a Hobey Baker finalist, a first-team All American, Hockey East Player of the Year (unanimous selection), New England’s Most Valuable Player, Walter Brown Award winner (given annually to the top American born college hockey player in New England) and selected to the All-Hockey East First Team. He posted a 2.21 GAA and a .930 save percentage, which ranked sixth nationally. Regan leaves as the career leader in wins (70), saves (3,235), save percentage (.928), minutes played (6598:31) and games played (112). In a rich history of goaltending at UNH, Regan leaves as the only goaltender in UNH history to capture back-to-back 20-win seasons.