(Worst) Player of the Year
An absolutely obvious decision. Here's a hint for those of you in the dark - he acted like a moron, got kicked out of BU, rejected by BC, and finally accepted by Northeastern. Yes, yes - our Hockey LEast Valuable Player for 2011-2012 is the one and only Vinny Saponari. While he claimed to be a "sniper" in his Grammy nominated song "Party Like a Puckstar", Vin only managed to sneak the puck into the net 7 times all year. Keep in mind - one of those was an empty netter. Also, anybody who refuses to shake the hand of a former coach - and a legend at that - is a classless, mouth-breathing goon. Stay classy, Saponari.
(Worst) Coach of the Year
This one was actually a tie between NU's Jim MadAgain and Amherst's Toot Cahoon. Madigan is included here simply because he wouldn't stop playing Chris Rawlings in net. Seriously guy - how do you not realize that the kid is simply inconsistent as hell? Clay Witt is, in my opinion, a much steadier goaltender than Rawlings (yes, Rawlings is talented. Yes, he can carry a team on his back. Irrelevant when you don't know what you're getting on a given night). And while Cahoon led his team to a Hockey East playoff spot, his team underperformed for the majority of the year - something that falls back largely on the coach. Seriously, how many former Parker assistants does it take to lead a relevant team?
(Worst) Rookie of the Year
Biggest Goon (King of the Penalty Box)
Defensemen: Brett Kostolansky - UNH (2-2-4, 34 GP, -17), Blake Doerring - UVM (1-3-4, 29 GP, -14)
Goalie: Rob Madore - UVM (.875 SP, 3.78 GAA, 28 GP, -40)