Men's Hockey Announces Annual Team Awards

May 4, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I.The Providence College men’s hockey program announced its team awards at the annual season-ending banquet held on Thursday evening (May 3) at Schneider Arena.

Senior captain Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) claims the Lou Lamoriello Award as the team’s Most Valuble Player for the second-consecutive season. Pinho earned the Hockey East’s Best Defensive Forward Award and the Frank Jones Award as New England’s Best Defensive Forward. Pinho also garnered Third Team Hockey East All-Star accolades after matching a career-high in goals (12) and posting 32 points overall, good for second on the team in scoring. Pinho signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals on April 4.

Junior Erik Foley (Mansfield, Mass.) and sophomore Kasper Björkqvist (Espoo, Finland) shared the Robert Gaudreau, Jr. Award as the team’s top goal-scorers with 16 goals. It was the second-consecutive season that Foley earned the award and he also was awarded the Gates Orlando Award with the highest point total on the team (35). Foley was also named as a First Team All-Star and was just the third Providence College forward to be a First Team selection since 2000 (Devin Rask, Mark Jankowski). The junior has registered career-highs in goals (16), assists (19), and points (35). Björkqvist capped off a stellar sophomore season with goals in three of his final four games, including both of Providence’s goals in the NCAA Tournament. He notched his first career hat trick at St. Lawrence on Oct. 20 and boasted four game-winning goals in 2017-18.

Sophomore defenseman Jacob Bryson (London, Ont.) earned the Michael Boback Award (most assists) and the team’s Ron Wilson Award as Best Defensive Player. Bryson tallied a team-high 21 assists and earned AHCA/CCM Second Team All-American honors. He also was named a New England All-Star and First Team Hockey All-Star in March, becoming the sixth Friar defenseman to earn First Team All-Star recognition from the Hockey East. Overall, Bryson tallied career-highs in goals (4), assists (21), and points (25), while recording eight multi-point efforts in 2017-18. The sophomore was the recipient of the Hockey East’s Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award.

Junior goaltender Hayden Hawkey (Parker, Colo.) took home the Thomas Eccleston, Jr. Award as the team’s Unsung Hero. Hawkey stopped 41-of-43 shots at the NCAA East Regional in March, recording a 1.00 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage.  The 1-0 shutout over Clarkson in the NCAA East Regional Semifinal was just the third shutout for the program in 34 NCAA Tournament games. The shutout also marked Hawkey's eighth of his career, which is good for second on the program's all-time shutout list. Hawkey posted a 1.62 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage in the team's final 22 games coming out of the winter break. He finished the season with a 2.04 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 40 games for the Friars last season.

The Rev. Herman Schneider, O.P. Award as the team’s Most Valuable Freshman went to defenseman Ben Mirageas (Newburyport, Mass.). Mirageas finished second on the team with five power play goals and led all Friar freshman in scoring with eight goals, 11 assists, and 19 points. He recorded four multi-point games, including a career-high four points against UMass on Nov. 11, which earned him Hockey East Rookie of the Week accolades.

For the third-consecutive season, senior Alex Cromwell (McKinney, Texas) earned the team’s John Ferguson Award for the highest GPA.

For more updates on the Providence College men's hockey program, follow the team on Twitter @FriarsHockey.



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