UMass-Lowell freshman goaltender Connor Hellebuyck
UMass-Lowell's Connor Hellebuyck was the unanimous selection for the Hockey East All-Rookie Team Goaltender. One other goaltender, two defensemen and two forwards joined him on the six-member team.
Hockey East announced some of the year-end awards and the All-Rookie team Wednesday afternoon. All the major awards and the first and second teams will be announced Thursday.
The league coaches selected two goaltenders, two defensemen and two forwards to the 2013 Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team. The top six point getters were selected, regardless of position. Boston University was the only team to have more than one player on the team.
G: Jon Gillies, Providence (South Portland, Maine)
G: Connor Hellebuyck, UMass-Lowell * (Commerce, Mich.)
D: Matt Grzelcyk, Boston University (Charlestown, Mass.)
D: Michael Matheson, Boston College * (Pointe-Claire, Que.)
F: Danny O'Regan, Boston University (Needham, Mass.)
F: Kevin Roy, Northeastern * (Lac-Beauport, Que.)
* Denotes unanimous selection
Boston College senior Patrick Wey was named the Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman. The Pittsburgh native has been a mainstay on the Eagles blue line for four years now. The Washington Capitals draft pick was +15 on the season.
Providence senior Tim Schaller was named the Gladiator Best Defensive Forward. The Merrimack, NH native saw a lot of time on the penalty kill for Nate Leaman and was +10 in conference games.
Vermont junior forward Chris McCarthy won the league's sportsmanship award named after longtime Boston College coach Len Ceglarski. The Collegeville, Pa. native led the Catamounts in scoring while only racking up 10 penalty minutes. The former U.S. National Development Program prospect had 13 goals and 18 assists.
The Turfer Athletic Scoring Champion was awarded to Boston College sophomore Johnny Gaudreau who led the conference in scoring with 36 points in conference games. The Calgary Flames prospect is almost a shoe-in for the league's Player of the Year.
The Stop It Goaltending Champion was awarded to UMass-Lowell freshman Connor Hellebuyck by virtue of his 11-1-0 record and 1.38 GAA and .948 save percentage.
The rest of the major awards and the first and second team all-stars will be announced tomorrow.
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