It was an All-America day for four Union hockey players in the birthplace of the United States.
Dutchmen defensemen Mat Bodie and Shayne Gostisbehere, left winger Daniel Carr and goalie Colin Stevens were named to the East All-America squad on Friday. It’s the most All-Americans the Dutchmen have had in one season. Union placed Bodie, center Jeremy Welsh and goalie Troy Grosenick on the All-America list in 2012.
Bodie, who was on the second team two years ago, made the first team along with Gostisbehere. Bodie, a senior and team captain, has seven goals and 30 assists this season. He has a three-game goal-scoring streak heading into tonight’s NCAA championship game against Minnesota at the Wells Fargo Center.
“It’s a huge honor,” Bodie said. “I’m really glad the other guys on the team were recognized, it was really well deserved by everyone. We see this as a team award.”
Gostisbehere, a junior, was a second-team selection last year. The Philadelphia Flyers prospect was the co-winner of the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and Best Defensive Defenseman awards. Gostisbehere, who had two assists in Thursday’s 5-4 semifinal win over Boston College, has eight goals and 23 assists.
“It’s definitely an honor and just a tremendous feeling right now,” Gostisbehere said. “I can’t thank my coaches and teammates enough for the tremendous support. It’s definitely a team award, because you can’t do much without your teammates.”
Carr and Stevens, who are first-time All-Americas, made the second team. Carr, a senior, leads the team in scoring with 22 goals and 27 assists. He is the Dutchmen’s all-time leading scorer in the Division I era with 156 points. His 49 points are the most ever produced by a Union Division I player in a season. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the ECACH tournament.
Stevens, a junior who is from Niskayuna, took over as the Dutchmen’s No. 1 goalie this season after Troy Grosenick signed with the San Jose Sharks last spring. Stevens has a 27-4-2 record with a 1.99 goals-against average, a .930 save percentage and a team-record six shutouts. He won the Ken Dryden Award as the ECACH’s top goalie, the third Union goalie in four years to do so. Grosenick won in 2012, and Keith Kinkaid took it in 2011.
“It’s a huge honor, and I really wasn’t expecting it, to be honest,” stated Stevens. “It’s a testament to all the guys on the team, I’m not a huge believer in individual awards. But at the same time, I am really honored and humbled by this prestigious award.”
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute junior forward Ryan Haggerty was named to the second team. Haggerty, who is now with the New York Rangers, led the Engineers in scoring with 28 goals and 15 assists. He was the top goal scorer in ECACH play with 14.
As expected, Boston College junior left winger Johnny Gaudreau was named the winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey this season.
Gaudreau, a Calgary Flames drat pick, is the nation’s top scorer with 36 goals and 44 assists. He had a goal and two assists in the loss to Union in the semifinals.
He is the third BC player to win the honor, joining forward David Emma (1991) and defenseman Mike Mottau (2000).
St. Lawrence senior forward Greg Carey and St. Cloud State senior forward Nik Dowd were the other finalists.
UMass-Lowell sophomore goalie Connor Hellebuyck was the winner of the inaugural Mike Richter Award as the nation’s top goalie.
Hellebuyck posted an 18-9-2 record for the Hockey East tournament-champion River Hawks. He led the nation with a 1.79 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage. He started the season splitting time with senior Doug Carr before taking over the No. 1 spot in mid-January.
Hellebuyck signed an entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets on April 5. He was the Jets’ second-round pick in the 2012 draft
Richter and Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame goalie Bernie Parent were on hand for the ceremony.
ESPN will televise tonight’s title game. On the radio, WPTR-AM (1240) will have the Union call, while WOFX-AM (980) will have the WestwoodOne national call.
You would have thought Gostisbehere would have had the nickname “Ghost” prior to coming to Union. But that wasn’t the case.
Gostisbehere said that forward Josh Jooris gave him the nickname.
“I remember my first day at Union, he was like, ‘What’s up, Ghostbusters,’ ” Gostisbehere said. “I was like, that’s not my last name. But it stuck ever since, and it’s pretty much my nickname.”
Union’s appearance in the national championship game makes it two years in a row that and ECAC Hockey team has reached the final.
Last year was the ultimate for the ECACH, with Quinnipiac and Yale facing off in the final. Yale won, 4-0, to give the conference its first national title since Harvard captured it in 1989.
The last time the ECACH had a streak like this was from 1988 to 1990. St. Lawrence lost to Lake Superior State in the 1988 final, and Colgate fell to Wisconsin in 1990.