PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College men’s hockey team announced its team awards at the annual season-ending banquet held Saturday afternoon (May 6) at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club in Middletown, R.I.
Junior center and alternate captain Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) was named the winner of the Lou Lamoriello Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player. Pinho also earned the Gates Orlando (most points) and Michael Boback (most assists) Awards.
Rising sophomore Erik Foley (Mansfield, Mass.) won the Robert Gaudreau, Jr. Award (most goals) after pacing the Friars with 15 strikes last season. Senior Kyle McKenzie (Aston, Pa.) was named the winner of the Ron Wilson Award as the team’s Best Defensive Player, while junior Robbie Hennessey (Garnet Valley, Pa.) earned the Thomas Eccleston, Jr. Award as the Friars’ Unsung Hero. Josh Wilkins’ (Raleigh, N.C.) impressive rookie season netted him the Rev. Herman Schneider, O.P. Award as the team’s Most Valuable Freshman.
Junior Alex Cromwell (McKinney, Texas) won the John Ferguson Award as the player with the highest GPA for the second consecutive season.
Pinho becomes the first Friar to win the Lou Lamoriello, Gates Orlando, and Michael Boback Awards in the same season after leading the Friars in scoring with 40 points on 12 goals and 28 assists. The 28 assists were the most by a Friar in a season since Jon DiSalvatore in 2002-03 and his career-high 40 points were a 15-point improvement from the 2015-16 season. Pinho also boasted 11 multi-point games in 2016-17 and also posted a career-long eight-game point streak (3-7-10).
Foley averaged a point per game in Hockey East play this season and finished second on the team in scoring with 34 points on 15 goals and 19 assists in his sophomore campaign. He posted his first-career multi-goal game and hat trick with a four-point performance against UConn on Feb. 10. Foley finished fourth in Hockey East with five game-winning goals and second on the Friars with a +16 rating.
A steady presence on the Providence blue line over four seasons, alternate captain Kyle McKenzie ranks second all-time in team history with 153 games played. The senior led all Friars with 54 blocked shots last season and chipped in with five assists in 38 games played.
Hennessey registered a career-best six points on a goal and five assists, while appearing in all 39 games for the Friars. A crucial cog on Providence’s 10th-ranked penalty kill, Hennessey won 52.5% of the face-offs he took for the Friars in 2016-17.
Wilkins played in all 39 games as a rookie in 2016-17, notching 13 goals and 18 assists. He became the first Friar freshman since Fernando Pisani in 1996-97 season to hit the 30-point threshold. A two-time Hockey East Rookie of the Week honoree, Wilkins recorded eight multi-point games, three game-winning goals, and ranked third on the team with 108 shots on goal and a +14 rating.
Cromwell appeared in five games in 2016-17 and registered his first collegiate point with an assist in Providence’s 5-4 win over Northeastern on Nov. 19.
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