March 26, 2010

#12 MEN'S HOCKEY PLAYS CORNELL IN NCAA EAST REGIONAL AT TIMES UNION CENTER IN ALBANY (FRI - 6:30 PM - ESPNU)

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DURHAM, N.H.
The 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team competes in its ninth-straight NCAA tournament as the third seed in the East Regional at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The Wildcats will square off against the second-seeded and sixth-ranked Cornell University Big Red on Friday, March 26 (6:30 p.m.) live on ESPNU. The winner will advance to the regional final game on Saturday, March (6:30 p.m.) live on ESPNU against the winner of top-seeded Denver versus fourth-seeded RIT.

‘CATS SCRATCH INTO NCAA TOURNAMENT, NINE STRAIGHT NCAA APPEARANCES
: The NCAA Division I men’s hockey selection committee announced live on ESPN2 on Sunday morning that No. 12-ranked UNH will face seventh-ranked Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament in the East Regional on Friday, March 26 (6:30 p.m.) at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.  The Wildcats have qualified for the tournament in the last nine seasons, the second-longest streak active streak in Division I behind Michigan’s streak of 20 straight that was extended by virtue of the Wolverines winning the CCHA title. This will mark the ‘Cats 20th appearance in the tournament and the 16th trip under Umile’s guidance. UNH’s senior class becomes the seventh class in school history to earn a berth in the NCAA’s in all four seasons of competition. Overall, UNH has appeared in seven Frozen Fours to go along with two national championship appearances.

hobey BUTLER?, BUTLER NAMED TOP 10 FINALIST FOR HOBEY BAKER: Bobby Butler became the seventh player in school history to be named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Read more about Butler and his Hobey Baker campaign at ButlerforHobey.com. Butler, UNH’s first Hobey Baker finalist since Kevin Regan in 2008, is enjoying not only his best season as a Wildcat, but arguably the greatest season by any Wildcat forward in recent history. Butler ranks first in the nation in goals with 27 and is sixth overall in scoring with 50 points (1.35 ppg). Butler sits third in goals per game at 0.73, sixth in points (50), ninth in short-handed goals (2) and 18th in game winners (4).

BUTLER NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR, FIRST TEAM ALL-STAR: Butler is the first position player to capture the league’s top honor since BC’s Chris Collins, brother of former Wildcat Greg Collins, did so in the 2005-06 season. Butler is the first Wildcat to earn the league’s Player of the Year honors since Kevin Regan in 2008 and is the seventh UNH player to win this award. Butler’s accolades speak for themselves as he has garnered Player of the Week three times this season and Player of the Month for November. Butler was also a unanimous All-Hockey East selection.

DICK UMILE SHARES HOCKEY EAST COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS: Umile earns Hockey East Coach of the Year for a league-record sixth time, surpassing Boston University’s Jack Parker. Umile guided the Wildcats, who were picked fourth in the Hockey East Preseason Poll, to their eighth regular-season championship including the third in the last four years. The Wildcats led the Hockey East standings for an eye-popping 16 straight weeks, taking over the league lead Nov. 23, 2009 and never relinquishing that position. UNH went unbeaten at home in Hockey East play for the first time since the 1999-00 season and won the regular season series with six of nine league foes. Umile helped guide a team that lost 10 players, including Hockey East All Star and leading scorer James van Riemsdyk, from last year’s squad to its 22nd straight trip to the Hockey East playoffs and home-ice advantage in the quarterfinals for a league-best 14th straight season. After going just 2-6-2 over its first 10 games, Umile’s Wildcats responded with a 10-1-2 mark over the next 13 games, including a 12-game unbeaten streak in Hockey East play. Umile’s run in the regular season was capped by a dramatic 3-3 come-from-behind deadlock with Boston College that clinched the league’s crown in front of the home fans on Senior Day at Whittemore Center.

FOSTER AND KESSEL JOIN BUTLER ON HOCKEY EAST’S ALL- STAR FIRST TEAM: Brian Foster and Blake Kessel were named to the Hockey East All-Star First Team.  Foster, a 2009 Hockey East Honorable Mention selection, was a four-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week and earned Goalie of the Month in December and January. Hockey East’s ironman in net, Foster played in 36 of 37 games and ranked first in Hockey East in saves (1,077), minutes (2,18:04) and wins (16). In Hockey East play, Foster was in the top five in every netminding category with a 2.75 GAA (5th), .913 save percentage (4th), .653 win percentage (3rd) and 764 saves (2nd). Foster stopped a career-high 50 shots on March 14 against Vermont and allowed two goals or fewer on 15 occasions. Foster’s 1,077 saves in 2009-10 is second behind All-American Mike Ayers (1,139 - 2002-03) on UNH’s single-season saves list. Kessel anchored a youthful Wildcat defense as a sophomore. The blueliner ranks second in the nation in defensive scoring with 35 points. Kessel’s 26 assists are the most by a Wildcat blueliner since Steve O’Brien (27) and Jayme Filipowicz (30) in the 1998-99 season. In addition to his 26 assists, Kessel had a knack for scoring big goals, including a pair of late game-tying goals against Vermont and Boston College on back-to-back weekends and a dramatic game-wining goal against Mass-Lowell in early December. Kessel leads Hockey East in defensive scoring with 36 points and his 26 assists are fifth among all players in the league. He dished out a career-high four assists in a win over in-state rival Dartmouth College, earning co-MVP honors. In addition, Kessel was recently named a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award.

NICE GUYS WIN AWARDS; NATION’S LEAST PENALIZED TEAM: Hockey East proudly recognizes an entire team for its sportsmanlike play with the Charles E. Holt Sportsmanship Award, named after the former UNH coach. This award is given to the team that receives the lowest average penalty minutes per game over the course of regular season Hockey East play. The Team Sportsmanship Award was established by the league’s directors in 1992 and was renamed to honor Holt in 1998. The award is in the form of a shadow box with etched glass depicting the image of New Hampshire’s legendary coach. New Hampshire earns the award bearing the name of its former coach for the fifth time in program history and first time since the 1999-00 season. UNH’s 8.8 penalty minutes per game are the fewest ever for the winner of this award. The Wildcats are the least penalized team in all of Division I college hockey with just 9.6 pmpg.

BUTLER’S STAR PERFORMANCES EARN HIM HOCKEY EAST THREE STARS AWARD: Butler was awarded the league’s Three Stars Award, dominating all offensive players with 21 goals in Hockey East play.

‘CATS SECOND LONGEST ACTIVE STREAK OF NCAA APPEARANCES: With nine straight NCAA tournament appearances, UNH is second on the list of active programs with NCAA appearances.
Program        Consecutive Trips to the NCAA’s
Michigan        20    
UNH        9
North Dakota        8
Miami        5
Denver        3

SCORING LEADERS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Bobby Butler    4    1-2-3
Peter LeBlanc    4    2-1-3
Mike Sislo    3    1-2-3
Phil DeSimone    3    1-0-1
Damon Kipp    2    0-1-1
Nick Krates    3    0-0-0
Paul Thompson    3    0-0-0
Greg Manz    2    0-0-0
Stevie Moses    2    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    2    0-0-0
Blake Kessel    2    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Foster    2/119:23    7    3.51    1-1-0    61    .897    
Foster’s Game-by-Game vs. in the NCAA’s
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
3-28-09        59:38    W    40    5    45
3-29-09        59:45    L    21    2    23
Totals        119:23    1-1-0    61    7    68

RECORDS AGAINST TEAMS IN THE NCAA’S: UNH is 3-7-4 against teams in the NCAA field.
Miami        0-1-1
Wisconsin        0-2-0
Boston College    0-1-2
Cornell        0-1-0
Vermont        3-2-1
Total        3-7-4 (.357)

RiGHTEOUS KILLS; 26-STRAIGHT KILLS FOR WILDCATS: New Hampshire is 26-for-26 on the penalty kill since a first period power- play goal by Vermont on Feb. 19.
Date            Opponent    Opp. ‘s Power Play
March 14        Vermont    0-5
March 13        Vermont    0-4
March 12        Vermont    0-2
March 6            at Boston Coll.    0-4
March 5            Boston College    0-1
Feb. 27            Northeastern    0-4
Feb. 26            at Northeastern    0-3
Feb. 20             Vermont    0-2
Feb. 19            Vermont    1-2

FOSTER SECOND IN SINGLE-SEASON SAVES: Senior Brian Foster moved into second place on UNH’s single-season saves list.  He is just the fifth player in program history to record 1,000 saves in a single season.
Player            Year        Games    Saves
1. Mike Ayer         2002-03        41    1,139
2. Brian Foster        2009-10    34    1,077
3. Bruce Gillies        1983-84        34    1,065
4. Todd Pearson        1981-82        35    1,028
5. Kevin Regan        2006-07        35    1,025

FOSTER STOPS CAREER-HIGH 50 SHOTS; 105 OVER QUARTERFINAL SERIES: Brian Foster stopped 105 shots in three games in the Wildcats’ three-game series with Vermont. The senior stopped a career-high 50 shots on March 14. He posted a 1.85 GAA and .946 save percentage. Foster averaged 35 saves per game over the weekend and allowed just two goals in the final 116:20 of the weekend. He became the first Wildcat to stop 50-plus shots since Kevin Regan had 62 in the Hockey East semifinals on March 21, 2008 and surpasses his previous career high of 47 saves on Oct. 30, 2009 at Wisconsin.

Butler moves into nation lead in goals: Bobby Butler is tied with Sacred Heart’s Nick Johnson for the nation’s lead in goals with 27.
Player            Team            Goals    
1. Bobby Butler        UNH            27
Nick Johnson        Sacred Heart        27
3. Chase Polacek        Rensselaer        26
Broc Little        Yale            26

50 Points for Butler: Bobby Butler is just the UNH sixth player since 2000 to register 50 points in a single season and the first since Sean Collins and Preston Callander did so in 2004-05.
Player    G-A-P    Year    
Darren Haydar    31-45-76    2001-02
Colin Hemingway    33-33-66    2001-02
Sean Collins    19-37-56    2004-05
Preston Callander    25-29-54    2004-05
Lanny Gare    22-29-51    2002-03
Bobby Butler    27-23-50    2009-10

10 Home Wins for 15th straight season: The Wildcats have won 10 or more games at home every year since 1996-97.
Year        Home Record
2009-10        10-4-5
2008-09        12-4-2
2007-08        14-4-1
2006-07        15-5-1
2005-06        10-6-3
2004-05        17-3-0
2003-04        13-5-2
2002-03        15-3-1
2001-02        16-2-1
2000-01        12-5-3
1999-00        13-1-5
1998-99        18-0-1
1997-98        11-5-1
1996-97        14-5-0
Total        190-52-26    (.757)

Butler Goal Oriented for New Hampshire: Bobby Butler becomes the first UNH player to score 25 goals in a season since Preston Callander did so in 2004-05, while Steve Saviano had 27 goals in 2003-04.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    44-45-89    36-21-26
Juniors:    44-75-119    36-35-35
Sophomores:    26-69-95    21-32-28
Freshmen:    9-25-34    7-12-10

SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST;THIRD-PERIOD ‘CATS; OUTSCORING OPPONENTS 16-2 IN LAST 10 GAMES: New Hampshire has outscored opponents 16-2 in the third period in the last 10 games.
Date    Opp.    Score in 3rd
March 14    UVM        0-0
March 13    UVM        0-1
March 12    UVM        4-0
March 6    BC        0-1    
March 5    BC        3-0
Feb. 27    NU        3-0
Feb. 26    NU        2-0
Feb. 20    UVM        1-0
Feb. 19    UVM        0-0
Feb. 12    PC        3-0
Total            16-2

USCHO.com’s PAIRWISE RANKINGS (March 21):
                Record             RPI
Rk     Team     PWR     Rk     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI
1      Miami     24          1      27-7-7      .7439      1      .5793*
2     Denver     23         2     27-9-4     .7250     2     .5766*
3     Wisconsin     22         7     25-10-4     .6923     3     .5685
4     Boston Coll     21         3t     25-10-3     .6974     4     .5625
5     North Dakota     20         9     25-12-5     .6548     5     .5623
6     St. Cloud State     19         10     23-13-5     .6220     6     .5504
7     Cornell     18         5     21-8-4     .6970     7     .5462
8     Bemidji State     17         6     23-9-4     .6944     8     .5429
9     Yale     16         8     20-9-3     .6719     9     .5367
10     No. Michigan     15         13t     20-12-8     .6000     10     .5348
11t     New Hamp.     11         19     17-13-7 .5541     13     .5330
11t     Michigan     11         15     25-17-1     .5930     14     .5316
11t     Alaska     11         16     18-11-9     .5921     15     .5299
11t     Vermont     11         21     17-14-7     .5395     16     .5261
15t     Ferris State     10         13t     21-13-6     .6000     11     .5334
15t     Michigan St.     10         17     19-13-6     .5789     17     .5254
17     Minn-Duluth     9         18     22-17-1     .5625     12     .5331
18     Maine     8         25t     19-17-3     .5256     20     .5212
19     Union     6         11     21-12-6     .6154     19     .5231
20t     Colorado Coll     4         25t     19-17-3     .5256     18     .5244
20t     Neb-Omaha     4         20     20-16-6     .5476     21     .5192
20t     Mass.-Lowell     4         22     19-16-4     .5385     23     .5173
23     Boston Univ     3         29     18-17-3     .5132     25     .5172
24     Minnesota     2         34     18-19-2     .4872     22     .5192
25     RIT     1         3t     26-11-1     .6974     24     .5173

FOSTER CLIMBING UNH RECORD BOOKS: After sitting the wings behind Wildcat legendary netminder Kevin Regan, Brian Foster is writing his name in the Wildcat goaltending record book.
Career GAA:    2.80 (5th)    Career Save %: .910 (5th)
Career Games:    84 (5th)        Career Saves: 2,336 (4th)
Career Wins:    39 (9th)        Single Season Saves: 1,077 (2nd)

KESSEL SECOND NATIONALLY IN DEFENSIVE SCORING: Blake Kessel ranks second nationally in defensive scoring behind Wisconsin’s Brendan Smith and his 26 assists is the best total by a UNH defenseman since Steve O’Brien’s 27 assists and Jayme Filipowicz 30 assists in 1998-99.
20-plus assists for defenseman in single season since 1997-98
Year            Player            Assists
1998-99        Jayme Filipowicz            30
1997-98        Jayme Filipowicz            28
1998-99        Steve O’Brien            27
2009-10        Blake Kessel            26
2005-06        Brian Yandle            24
2008-09        Kevin Kapstad            23
2004-05        Brian Yandle            22
2001-02        Garrett Stafford            22
2000-01        Garrett Stafford            21

Preseason Coaches Poll      vs.     Actual Reg. Season Finish

Rk.    Team (FPV)          Rk. Team              
1. Boston University (6)         1. New Hampshire
2. UMass-Lowell (2)         2. Boston College
3. Boston College (2)         3. Boston University
4. New Hampshire         4. Maine
Vermont             5. UMass-Lowell
6. Northeastern             6. Merrimack
7. Massachusetts         7. Massachusetts
8. Maine             8. Vermont
9. Providence             9. Northeastern
10. Merrimack             10. Providence

‘CATS CAPTURE EIGHTH HOCKEY EAST REGULAR SEASON TITLE: New Hampshire captured its eighth Hockey East regular season title and third in the last four years. The ‘Cats won the league’s regular season title in 1991-92, 1996-97, 1998-99, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2006-07 and 2007-08. The Wildcats were close to a wire-to-wire leader having held its position in first place in Hockey East since Nov. 23, 2009.

UNH FINISHES HOCKEY EAST REGULAR SEASON UNBEATEN AT HOME; FIRST TIME SINCE 1999-00: For the first time since 1999-2000, UNH finished unbeaten at 9-0-4 at home in Hockey East play.
HOME HOCKEY EAST RECORDS SINCE 1999-00
2009-10        9-0-4        2008-09        9-2-2
2007-08        9-3-1        2006-07        9-3-1
2005-06        8-3-2        2004-05        8-3-0
2003-04        7-3-2        2002-03        10-2-0
2001-02        9-2-1        2000-01        7-2-3
1999-00        7-0-5

‘CATS CLINCH HOME-ICE FOR LEAGUE-BEST 14TH-STRAIGHT SEASON:New Hampshire became the first in Hockey East to clinch home-ice advantage for the Hockey East quarterfinals. The Wildcats have hosted the quarterfinals for a league-best 14 straight seasons and have not had to travel for the first round of the postseason since 1995-96.

WORKING OVERTIME; TIES PROGRAM RECORD WITH 12 OT’S: UNH has played in a program-record 12 overtime games. The Wildcats surpassed the mark of 11 overtime games set in 2002-03. The Wildcats are 3-2-7 in overtime this season.

NEW HAMPSHIRE FIRST TO PUNCH ITS TICKET TO HOCKEY EAST POSTSEASON; 22ND STRAIGHT APPEARANCE: UNH clinched a playoff spot for the 22nd straight season. The Wildcats have advanced to the postseason in Hockey East every year since 1989.

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (March 22)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP
1    Miami University, 486 (23)    2    27-7-7    24
2    Boston College, 457 (7)        4    25-10-3    21
3    University of Denver, 453 (3)    1    27-9-4    24
4    North Dakota, 436 (1)        5    25-12-5    24
5    University of Wisconsin, 415    3    25-10-4    17
6    Cornell University, 338        7    21-8-4    24
7    St. Cloud State University, 312    6    23-13-5    13
8    Yale University, 239        9    20-9-3    24
9    Bemidji State University, 206    10    23-9-4    21
10    Northern Michigan, 202        12    20-12-8    2
11    University of Michigan, 179    NR    25-17-1    8
12    New Hampshire, 111        13    17-13-7    9
13    University of Alaska, 65        NR    18-11-9    8
14    University of Vermont, 57    14    17-14-7    8
15    Ferris State University, 52        13    21-13-6    14
Others receiving votes: University of Minnesota Duluth, 25; Union College, 23; Rochester Institute of Technology, 15; Michigan State University, 5; University of Maine, 4.

Final USCHO.com Div. I Men’s Poll (March 22)
Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW
1     Miami                   (28)          27-7-7       924         2
2     Denver                  (6)          27-9-4       865         1
3     Boston College                (8)        25-10-3     854         4
4     North Dakota                  (4)        25-12-5    827         5
5     Wisconsin                     (2)        25-10-4  816         3
6    Cornell                               21-8-4      713         7
7     St. Cloud State                       23-13-5  688         6
8     Yale                                  20-9-3     556         9
9     Northern Michigan                 20-12-8  520       12
10     Bemidji State                         23-9-4       517         10
11     Michigan                              25-17-1  497        17
12     New Hampshire                     17-13-7  363       13
13    Ferris State                          21-13-6     355        8
14     Minnesota-Duluth                  22-17-1    294        11
15     Vermont                               17-14-7  263        14
16     Union                                 21-12-6  251        15
17     Alaska                                18-11-9  244        18
18     Maine                                 19-17-3  176        19
19     Michigan State                        19-13-6  156        16
20     RIT                         26-11-1  117         NR
Others Receiving Votes: Colorado College 31, Boston U. 24, Mass.-Lowell 7, Nebraska-Omaha 6, Alabama-Huntsville 5, Minnesota 5, St. Lawrence 5, Brown 1

WHERE IS UNH RANKED?: Here is a week-by-week look at the ‘Cats in the national polls and the HE standings:
Date     USA TODAY    USCHO     HE
9/28            RV    N/A    t-4th (pre)
10/5            N/A    16    t-4th (pre)
10/12        RV    RV    t-4th (pre)
10/19        RV    RV    N/A
10/26        RV    RV    t-1st
11/2            NR    RV    t-2nd
11/9            NR    RV    t-3rd
11/16        NR    RV    t-2nd
11/23        NR    RV    t-1st
11/30        NR    RV    1st
12/7            RV    19    1st
12/14        RV    16    1st
12/21        RV    NP    1st
12/28        NP    NP    1st
1/4            RV    RV    1st
1/11            RV    20    1st
1/18            RV    16    1st
1/25            12    13    1st
2/1            13    13    1st
2/8            15    15    1st
2/15            13    13    1st
2/22            10    11    1st
3/1            10    10    1st
3/8            10    11    1st
3/15            13    13    1st
3/22            12    12    1st

WILDCAT AWARDS: Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
Player    Award                    Date
Dalton Speelman    HE Rookie of the Week                10/26
Bobby Butler    HE Co-Player of the Week        11/16
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        11/23
Bobby Butler    HE Player of the Month                Nov.
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        12/7
Brian Foster    HE Goalie of the Month            Dec.
Bobby Butler    HE Co-Player of the Week        1/11
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        1/11
Paul Thompson    Co-MVP Battle for the RiverStone IX    1/16
Blake Kessel    Co-MVP Battle for the RiverStone IX    1/16
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        1/25
Brian Foster    HE Goalie of the Month            Jan.
Bobby Butler    Walter Brown Semifinalists        2/1
Blake Kessel    Walter Brown Semifinalists        2/1
Bobby Butler    Frozen Four Skills Challenge Nom.    2/1
Bobby Butler    HE Player of the Week                2/15
Bobby Butler    INCH Player of the Year                3/12
Bobby Butler    INCH Hockey East All Star        3/12
Bobby Butler    HE Three Stars Award                3/17
Bobby Butler    HE Scoring Champion                3/17
UNH TEAM    Charlie Holt Sportsmanship Award    3/17
Bobby Butler    HE All Star First Team                3/18
Blake Kessel    HE All Star First Team                3/18
Brian Foster    HE All Star First Team                3/18
Bobby Butler    HE Player of the Year                3/18
Dick Umile    HE Co-Coach of the Year        3/18
Bobby Butler    Hobey Baker Finalist                3/18

UNH’S OFFENSE 11TH NATIONALLY: New Hampshire’s offense ranks 11th in the country at 3.32 gpg including 17 games with four or more goals.

2,000 SAVES FOR FOSTER: Senior netminder Brian Foster is just the eighth player in UNH history to register 2,000 career saves.
RNK    PLAYER        GAMES        SAVES
1.        Kevin Regan    112        3,235
2.        Greg Moffett    101        2,602
3.        Mike Ayers    101        2,532
4.        Brian Foster    83        2,336
5.        Greg Rota    78        2,282
6.        Ty Conklin    93        2,188
7.        Todd Pearson    81        2,178
8.        Bruce Gillies    71        2,140

‘CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT: Five current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft...Greg Burke (Washington), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Brian Foster (Florida), Blake Kessel (N.Y. Islanders) and Peter LeBlanc (Chicago) have all been taken.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET: UNHWildcats.com via Stretch Internet Broadcast will carry all of the UNH men’s ice hockey action again this season...If you can not attend Wildcat hockey, you can still tune into the game from anywhere you can gain access to the internet...Fans can get to the UNH men’s ice hockey broadcast site by going to the men’s hockey schedule page at www.unhwildcats.com.

FORMER WILDCATS DARREN HAYDAR, STEVE SAVIANO NAMED TO HOCKEY EAST ALL DECADE TEAM: Former Wildcats Darren Haydar (1998-2002) and Steve Saviano (2000-04) were selected to the Hockey East All-Decade Team. The team, featuring 21 Hockey East alumni, was announced at the TD Garden during the 2010 Hockey East Tournament semifinals on March 19. In addition, Haydar was voted as UNH’s Fan Favorite during the last decade as well. Haydar was named the 2002 HE Tournament MVP and was a three-time league All-Star. He was honored as the 2002 HE Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Finalist and All-American in the same year. Saviano had a breakout senior campaign in 2004, when he was named HE Player of the Year, All-American, Hobey Baker Finalist and HE All-Star.

***HOBEY BAKER/ALL AMERICA CANDIDATE BOBBY BUTLER***
UNH ATHLETICS UNVEILS BUTLERFORHOBEY.COM: UNH athletic department unveils the all-new ButlerforHobey.com. The sleek interactive site, designed by Pack Network, is geared to raise awareness and support for men’s hockey senior forward Bobby Butler in his candidacy for college hockey’s greatest individual honor, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given each year to college hockey’s top player.

BUTLER FIRST NATIONALLY IN GOALS, SIXTH IN SCORING: Bobby Butler ranks first in the nation in goals with 27 goals. In addition, his 1.35 ppg is fifth nationally.

BUTLER FINISHES TIED WITH NYQUIST FOR HOCKEY EAST SCORING TITLE: Bobby Butler finished tied with Maine’s Gustav Nyquist for the league’s scoring title with 41 points. However, Butler ran away with the goal scoring category with 21 goals, three more than BC’s Cam Atkinson, six more than the third in Hockey East and nine goals ahead of Nyquist.

BUTLER’S 20/20 IN LEAGUE PLAY FIRST SINCE JASON KROG: Bobby Butler (21g, 20a) is the first player in Hockey East since Jason Krog (20g, 33a) to record 20 goals and 20 assists in league play in a single season. The last player to post 40 points in league play was Ben Eaves (42) in 2002-03. Butler is also the first player to have 20 goals in league play since Colin Hemingway had 23 goals in 2001-02.

BUTLER ONE OF 18 NOMINEES FOR 2010 HOCKEY HUMANITARIAN: Bobby Butler was among a group of 18 college hockey players nominated for the 2010 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. The award honors college hockey’s finest citizen, someone who gives back to his or her community.

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