Union College senior center Mike Vecchione, a finalist for ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and Hobey Baker Award, is the unanimous winner of the ECAC Hockey Media Association’s Player of the Year Award, it was announced Thursday.
Vecchione, who tied for the conference scoring lead with teammate Spencer Foo, received all the first-place votes from the 20 members who voted and earned 100 points.
Foo, a junior right wing, was second with 40 points. Like Vecchione, Foo is a finalist for the ECACH Player of the Year and the Hobey Baker Award.
Harvard sophomore forward Ryan Donato came in third with 12 points.
St. Lawrence junior Kyle Hayton is the ECACHMA Goalie of the year for the second time in three years, getting 16 first-place votes and 89 points. Hayton went 12-6-4 in league play with a 1.90 goals-against average, second-best in the league, and had a league-leading .939 save percentage.
Harvard junior Merrick Madsen was second with three first-place votes and 39 points. Union senior Alex Sakellaropoulos finished third with one first-place vote and 31 points.
Harvard defenseman Adam Fox is the ECACHMA Rookie of the Year. Fox tied for the league lead in scoring by a defenseman with Union’s Jeff Taylor with 22 points. Fox got 17 first-place votes and 92 points.
Princeton forward Jackson Cressey was second with one first-place vote and 41 points. Quinnipiac goalie Andrew Shortridge finished third with one first-place vote and 18 points.
Rick Bennett, who guided Union to its fourth Cleary Cup, is the ECACHMA Coach of the Year. Bennett got nine first-place votes a 68 points. Ted Donato, whose Harvard squad earned a share of the Cleary Cup with Union, was second with four first-place votes and 52 points. Princeton’s Ron Fogarty came in third with six first-place votes and 45 points.
Best Defensive Forward goes to Harvard senior Luke Esposito, who received six first-place votes and 37 points. Vecchione was second with three first-place votes and 29 points. Cornell senior Jake Weidner was third with three first-place votes and 20 points.
St. Lawrence senior Eric Sweetman is the Best Defensive Defenseman. He got five first-place votes and 35 points. Colgate senior Brett Corkey finished second with three first-place votes and 22 points. Union senior Jeff Taylor came in third with two first-place votes and 21 points.
The All-ECACHMA Team consists of forwards Vecchione, Foo and Donato, defensemen Fox and Taylor and goalie Hayton. Vecchione was a unanimous pick.
Members of the ECACHMA All-Rookie Team are forwards Cressey, Clarkson’s Nico Sturm and RPI’s Jacob Hayhurst, defensemen Fox and Cornell’s Yanni Kaldis and Clarkson goalie Jake Kielly. Cressey and Fox were unanimous selections.
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