WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Senior forward John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) of the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team earned the Army ROTC Three-Stars Award for the 2012-13 season. In addition, the Wildcats were honored as the 2013 Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award, given annually to the least penalized team in Hockey East. The first round of awards were announced Wednesday, March 20 by the league office. The Hockey East All-Star Team, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year will be announced at the league's awards banquet Thursday, March 21 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge.
Henrion was honored as the Army ROTC Three-Stars Award recipient for outstanding single-game accomplishments over the course of the 2012-13 season. The Hockey East Three-Stars Award is chosen in every Hockey East contest. Henrion had a flare for the dramatic with three game winning goals and several game-tying goals. The senior forward has a league-leading 153 shots on net. He scored four goals including his first collegiate hat trick in a weekend series against UMass, helping him to the Hockey East Player of the Week honors March 4. Henrion was a Star of the Game eight times and was the No. 1 star in five games.
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 eighth time in program history and the fourth-straight time. The Wildcats were whistled for a league-low 257 minutes for an average of 9.5 in 27 league games. Overall, the 'Cats were the sixth least penalized team in the nation with 9.3 penalty minutes per game.
UNH hopes its 19-11-7 mark are good enough for an at-large bid into the 16-team field for the upcoming NCAA tournament. The selection show is Sunday, March 24 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. If the Wildcats are selected they would compete March 29-30 at the NCAA Northeast Regional, hosted by UNH, at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.