(Worst) Player of the Year- Vinny Saponari- NorthLeastern, F
The defending champion has repeated! The former Terrier and rap star put up decent numbers this year, posting a 7-22-29 line and finishing his career with 99 career points. However, he was a -10 on the season and led his team to a last place finish with his
(Worst) Coach of the Year- Jim MadAgain - NorthLeastern
Northeastern's 2nd year head coach fended off late pushes from Maine's Tim Whitehead and Amherst's John Micheletto to capture his second consecutive WCOY award. Madigan's Huskies lost or tied 13 out of their last 15 games, including 5 losses in their last 6, to secure a last place finish in Hockey East for the second year in a row. For those of you keeping track at home, that makes: 2 last place finishes, 2 missed playoffs, 0 NCAA appearances, and 0 Beanpots for Madigan in two years at Northeastern. While we hesitate to give this award to a coach who repeatedly shows support for BU's own Dog Pound, his record is impossible to ignore.
(Worst) Rookie of the Year- Robert Polesello - Vermont, F
In the interest of full disclosure, Polesello is a former BU recruit who decommitted when the staff asked him to play another year of juniors. We might resent that just a little bit. Robert went on to post a less-than-stellar 5-8-13 line with a horrific plus/minus of -14 in his freshman year at Vermont. When you have the worst plus/minus on the 7th place team in the conference, you know you're pretty fucking bad. Welcome to Hockey LEast, bitch.
Biggest Goon (King of the Penalty Box)- Joey Diamond - Maine, F and Kyle Bigos - Merrimack, D
-These two resident goons share the most prestigious award we offer. Diamond led Hockey East and the nation in penalty minutes this season with 147 - 35 minutes more than the next closest player nationally. Fellow Senior Kyle Bigos was second in Hockey East and third nationally in penalty minutes with 111. Bigos and Diamond battled it out throughout the season for the most penalty minutes in a Hockey East career, with Bigos breaking the existing record in January and Diamond passing Bigos' new record in the last game of the season (thanks to our favorite CHN writer Scott McLaughlin for the information). As you can see, both players were extremely deserving of the award, and as such we didn't feel it would be right to give one the honor over the other.
First Team All-Hockey LEast
Forwards- Mark Anthoine - Maine (3-4-7, -7), Michael Sit - BC (0-4-4, -5), Brooks Dyroff - BC (2-3-5, -6)
Defense- Dax Lauwers - NorthLeastern (1-4-5, -20), Nick Pryor - Maine (0-2-2, -12)
Goalie - Doug "Doogles" Carr - Lowell (18 GP, 8-8-1, .897, 2.97 GAA)