The Friday of the Frozen Four is college hockey’s awards day, and a number of college players were honored.
Northeastern’s Adam Gaudette took home the Hobey Baker Award for college hockey’s top combination of good player/soft news story. He is the first player from Northeastern to win the award, and completes the superfecta of Boston-area schools to win the award in the past years, joining Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey, Boston University’s Jack Eichel, and Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau.
University of Minnesota’s women’s goalie Sidney Peters was honored with the Hockey Humanitarian Award. In addition to her work in net for the Gophers, Peters volunteered 830 hours of community service, including working as an EMT.
Notre Dame goalie Cale Morris was honored with the Mike Richter Award as college hockey’s top goalie. Morris leads the nation with a .944 save percentage, and helped lead the Irish to a Big Ten title, Big Ten tournament championship, and Frozen Four. Morris is the first player from the Big Ten to win the award in its’ five-year history.
Another player in the tonight’s national title game, Minnesota Duluth’s Scott Perunovich, won the Tim Taylor Award as college hockey’s top rookie. Perunovich joins Quinnipiac’s Sam Anas as the only player to win the award in the past eight years that committed after his 16th birthday and played for the first school he committed to.
Finally, the American Hockey Coaches Association announced their east and west All-American teams on Friday. The list of both teams is here. Ironically, in a year when the west held dominance over the east, it’s the eastern group that looks much stronger on paper.