PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced on Monday (Feb. 5) that Providence College’s Erik Foley and Brian Pinho were named among a group of 16 semifinalists for the 66th Walter Brown Award, presented to best American-born college hockey player in New England.
The nation’s oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor, the Walter Brown Award was established in 1953 by the members of the 1933 Massachusetts Rangers, the first American team ever to win the World Championship Tournament. Brown coached the Rangers to the title in Prague, Czechoslovakia, that year; the team defeated Canada 2-1 in overtime in the championship game.
Foley (Mansfield, Mass.) leads the Friars in scoring this season with 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points, including 20 points in 19 Hockey East games. Foley’s 31 points rank third among Hockey East players behind Adam Gaudette and Dylan Sikura of Northeastern. He has posted at least two points in six contests this season for the Friars and was named Hockey East Player of the Month for November after posting 11 points in seven games.
Providence senior captain Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) ranks second on the team in scoring with 26 points on 11 goals and 15 assists and leads the team with 90 shots on goal. On Jan. 3, he became the 52nd Friar to hit the 100-point milestone and currently has 109 points in 146 career games. Pinho earned his first career Hockey East Player of the Week accolade after posting five points over two Providence wins for the week ending Jan. 7.
Four members of the Providence College men’s hockey program have won the Walter Brown Award – Ron Wilson (1975), Tim Army (1985), Rob Gaudreau (1992), and Mike Omicioli (1999).
The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 66th Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play. The award will be presented to the winner at the New England College Hockey Writers’ Dinner in April.
For more updates on the Providence College men's hockey program, follow the team on Twitter @FriarsHockey.
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