The results for the men’s hockey awards, as voted on by the fans, are in. There were five categories to vote for: Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, Defender of the Year, Unsung Hero and Moment of the Year.
Each category had three nominees. The winners, along with the nominees and percentage of votes each nominee received, are listed below:
Rookie of the Year: Ryan Kuffner (43.5%)
Runner ups: Max Veronneau (29.4%), Josh Teves (27.1%)
Kuffner, Veronneau and Teves were integral parts of the team as rookies. Kuffner and Veronneau combined to form a stellar duo, while Teves was one of the team’s best defenders. Kuffner finished with a team-high 20 points and 15 assists, many of which found his linemate Veronneau.
Player of the Year: Colton Phinney (81%)
Runner ups: Max Veronneau (14.3%) and Ryan Kuffner
Like last season, Phinney was the team’s best player. He finished with a career-high .924 save percentage, which ranks second in program history. Phinney also surpassed the program record for saves in a single season, all while playing through an injury for the last month of the season.
Defender of the Year: Josh Teves (51.2%)
Runner ups: Tommy Davis (24.4%) and Joe Grabowski (24.4%)
Even as a freshman, Teves saw major minutes. The defender added some offense, netting seven points while playing in every game.
Unsung Hero: Ryan Siiro (52.4%)
Runner ups: Eric Robinson (26.2%) and Garrett Skrbich (21.4%)
Siiro, who was named the team’s 2016-17 captain, played on the team’s top checking line. He added some offense too, scoring 10 points – fifth on the team.
Moment of the Year: Colton Phinney breaks program season save record (68.6%)
Runner ups: Princeton sweeps Yale and Brown on the road (26.7%) and Princeton defeats AIC for fifth win of the season
Phinney broke the season save record after missing his only game of the year with an injury. The goaltender finished with 1,058 saves and is close to breaking the program record for saves in a career.