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Walter Brown Award Semifinalists Named: Three Eagles lead the list

13 forwards, two goaltenders and one defenseman make up the list of semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award.

Quinnipiac forward Sam Anas is the only freshman up for the award.
Quinnipiac forward Sam Anas is the only freshman up for the award.
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Three Boston College players led the list of Walter Brown Award semifinalists. The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced the nominations Monday for the 62nd award, given annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.

Johnny Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold, the trio that makes up Boston College's terrific first line, were all named semifinalists.

Bentley senior Brett Gensler, the school's all-time record holder at the Division I level, is the only returning champion as the St. Charles, Mo. native won the coveted award as a sophomore. If Gensler were to win he'd join Mike Mottau, Chris Drury, Tim Sheehy and Bob Cleary as the only two-time winners of the award.

The Falcons are the only Atlantic Hockey Association school with semifinalists. Defenseman Steve Weinstein, the top scoring blue liner in the country, is the other nominee from Ryan Soderquist's team.

Yale and Quinnipiac of the ECAC each have two candidates as well. Sam Anas and Jordan Samuels-Thomas are representatives from the Bobcats while Kenny Agostino and Jesse Root were nominated from the Bulldogs.

Player Position Class School Hometown
Brett Gensler Forward Senior Bentley St. Charles, Mo.
Steve Weinstein Defense Junior Bentley Los Angeles, Calif.
Bill Arnold Forward Senior Boston College Needham, Mass.
Johnny Gaudreau Forward Junior Boston College Carneys Point, NJ
Kevin Hayes Forward Senior Boston College Dorchester, Mass.
Danny O'Regan Forward Sophomore Boston University Needham, Mass.
Mark Naclerio Forward Sophomore Brown Milford, Conn.
Jimmy Vesey Forward Sophomore Harvard Charlestown, Mass.
Clay Witt Goalie RS Junior Northeastern Brandon, Fla.
Ross Mauermann Forward Junior Providence Janesville, Wis.
Sam Anas Forward Freshman Quinnipiac Potomac, Md.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas Forward Senior Quinnipiac West Hartford, Conn.
Connor Hellebuyck Goalie Sophomore UMass Lowell Commerce, Mich.
Chris McCarthy Forward Senior Vermont Collegevilla, Pa.
Kenny Agostino Forward Senior Yale Flanders, NJ
Jesse Root Forward Senior Yale Pittsburgh, Pa.

Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.