First Half First Team All-Hockey East
Forward: Andrew Poturalski, Soph., New Hampshire
Forward: Ryan Fitzgerald, Jr., Boston College
Forward: Anders Bjork, Soph., Notre Dame
Defense: Jake Walman, Soph., Providence
Defense: Ian McCoshen, Jr., Boston College
Goaltender: Nick Ellis, Jr., Providence
First Half Second Team All-Hockey East
Forward: Joe Gambardella, Jr., UMass Lowell
Forward: Ahti Oksanen, Sr., Boston University
Forward: Mark Jankowski, Sr., Providence
Defense: Steve Santini, Jr., Boston College
Defense: Brandon Hickey, Soph., Boston University
Goaltender: Thatcher Demko, Jr., Boston College
First Half Hockey East All-Rookie Team
Forward: Colin White, Boston College
Forward: Max Letunov, UConn
Forward: Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson
Forward: Miles Wood, Boston College
Defense: Casey Fitzgerald, Boston College
Defense: Dennis Gilbert, Notre Dame
* Reserving the right to pick a team with no goalie as the league has opted to do several times over past decade
Player of the First Half
Jake Walman, Soph., Providence
The points, the ridiculous amount of shots on goal and the hat trick at Colgate is what will catch most people's attention, but Walman's impact goes well beyond just that. He was a good hockey player last season, but he has transformed his game into being one of the most dominating players in all of college hockey in all three zones. His skating is elite, his vision and ability to affect the transition game is tremendous and his impact in producing offense is undeniable. His footwork is outstanding and he is an absolute force from the top of the point on the power play.
Some might argue for points leader Andrew Poturalski of UNH, but it's hard to justify that with his poor defensive play. An argument could also be made for Nick Ellis or Thatcher Demko, but Walman is the man this observer picks at the midway point.
Rookie of the First Half
Colin White, Boston College
There has perhaps been no player in Hockey East who is more physically dominant each time he hits the ice this fall than the Hanover, Mass. native. When the Ottawa Senators first round pick has a point, the Eagles are 11-0-1. When he fails to do so, BC is just 2-2. The NTDP alum had a 10-game point streak, in which he registered six goals and 14 assists, before seeing it snapped against Notre Dame in the final game of the first semester.
Coach of the First Half
Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish were picked seventh by the coaches and fifth by the media in the preseason, but now find themselves just one point out of first with two games in hand at the semester break. Notre Dame is doing so without two key pieces from last year's team, Vince Hinostroza and Robbie Russo. Jackson is plugging in players at the right places and finding a way to take advantage of his team's added depth. Not too many teams around the country can boast a third line center as good as Jake Evans.
An argument could always be made for Nate Leaman and Norm Bazin in this spot, but it's tough to let the Irish's better start than expected go unnoticed. Jerry York often goes overlooked due to his recruiting prowess, but he's doing great things with a fairly young team and some adversity, which should be credited, as well.