Seniors Honored, Awards Handed Out
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The final gathering of the 2017-18 Yale men's hockey team was the team banquet that honors the graduating class while also serving as the event to hand out individual awards. That's what happened tonight at The Course at Yale.
Chris Brooks '06, the third-year president of the Yale Hockey Association, served as master of ceremonies, while getting help in presenting awards from a few other former Bulldog skaters.
Large framed jerseys worn by John Baiocco, Henry Hart, Ryan Hitchcock,.Adam Larkin and Nate Repensky were lined up against the wall as the perfect venue decoration for the event that players, coaches and alumni look forward to each year.
The Murray Murdoch Award as team MVP went to junior forward Joe Snively, who earned All-ECAC and All-Ivy honors after recording 36 points in 31 games.
Hitchcock, who just signed a two-year deal with the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers, grabbed the Malcolm Chace Award for sportsmanship, spirit and ability. He played in all 31 games last winter while collecting 20 points.
Larkin took home both the John Poinier Award for the best defensive player and the Yale Hockey Coaches Award, which is for determination, desire, morale and spirit. The defenseman signed an ATO deal with the Adirondack Thunder and skated in the ECHL right after the Yale season came to an end in the conference quarterfinals.
Anthony Walsh, the captain of the 2018-19 Elis, was the recipient of the David C. Noyes III Award for inspiration. He played all 31 games on defense last season and spoke to the audience tonight about his hopes for next year.
There were numerous outstanding rookie performances in 2017-18, but only one of the newcomers could get the Martin Dwyer III Award as the MVP. That went to forward Kevin O'Neil, who had seven goals and 11 points and scored the winner at home against Harvard in the regular season finale.
The award for being the top student-athlete on the squad, a.k.a. the Edward M. Wright Award, went to sophomore blueliner Billy Sweezey. He carried a 3.53 GPA while playing in all but one game this season. Sweezey netted 10 points including a goal in a home win over Quinnipiac.
The Virginia Hird Award, which is presented by the Yale Hockey Association to the individuals directly or indirectly related to the hockey program for outstanding contributions, was handed out tonight to long-time athletics administrative assistant Nadine Logan, a beloved second mother to many a Yale Hockey player over the last 20 years.
Here are all the awards handed out at the banquet.
Yale Hockey Awards
Martin Dwyer III Award- Presented by the YHA to the most outstanding first-year player of the Yale hockey team. Kevin O'Neil (Fr, F)
John Poinier Award- Presented by the YHA to the best defensive player on the Yale hockey team. Adam Larkin (Sr, D)
Yale Hockey Coaches Award- Presented to that member of the Yale Hockey team whose determination and desire have contributed most to team morale and the spirit of hockey at Yale. Adam Larkin (Sr, D)
David C. Noyes III Award- Presented by the YHA to that member of the Yale hockey team whose performance and attitude has most inspired his teammates through determination, grit and courage. Anthony Walsh (Jr, D)
J. Murray Murdoch Award- Presented by the YHA to that member of the Yale hockey team deemed the most valuable player. Joe Snively (Jr, F)
Edward M. Wright, M.D. Award- For athletic and academic accomplishments, leadership and dedication to the higher purposes of intercollegiate athletics. This award is based equally on two factors: success on the ice and success in the classroom. Billy Sweezey (So, D)
Malcom G. Chace Award- Presented by the YHA to that member of the Yale hockey team who, through sportsmanship, spirit, and ability, has best served the finest traditions of Yale hockey as exemplified by Malcom G. Chace. Ryan Hitchcock (Jr, F)
Virginia Dale Hird Award - Presented by the Yale Hockey Association to the individuals directly or indirectly related to the hockey program for outstanding contributions. Nadine Logan
by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director