Massachusetts Hockey Announces 2021-22 Team Awards

AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Hockey, the 2022 Hockey East Champions, recently celebrated the 2021-22 season, rewarding several individuals with team awards, as voted on by team members and staff. coaches. Captain All-American and Hobey Baker Top 10 Finalist Bobby Trivigno was named team most valuable player, assistant captain Colin Felix was selected as the recipient of the Jack Canniff Unsung Hero Award as well as the Minuteman Award, Ryan Ufko was named rookie of the year, Antoine Del Gaizo won the coaches award and Ryan Lautenbach was honored as the team’s most improved player.

Trivigno was chosen as the team’s most valuable player for his contributions to the program during the 2021-22 season. The forward became the first player in program history to become a two-time All-American at the Division I level this spring, among a host of accolades. He was selected as the 2021-22 College Hockey News Player of the Year and received the Walter Brown Award for a second straight year in 2022, awarded annually to the top American-born Division I college hockey player in New York. -England, only the fourth player to win the award in consecutive years since it was first presented in 1953.

In addition to back-to-back All-America and Walter Brown awards, Trivigno also repeated as a Hockey East All-Tournament Team Member and Hockey East Tournament MVP this spring after helping UMass win its second consecutive title at the Hockey East tournament. Continuing his long list of accolades, Trivigno was one of 10 finalists for the 2022 Hobey Baker Award and was crowned Hockey East Player of the Year 2021-22, joining 2019 Hobey Baker winner Makar as the only two Minutemen to deserve this distinction. Additionally, Trivigno was named a 2021-22 Hockey East First-Team unanimous all-star selection, his second career Hockey East first-team recognition. He also became the second Minuteman to be named the Leonard Fowle Award winner (New England Division I Most Valuable Male Player) and the third player in program history to receive the Herb Gallagher Award (Top Forward). of New England).

Trivigno finished third in the nation in points with 49 of 20 goals and 29 assists, all career highs for the Setauket, New York native, in 37 games this season. He was fifth nationally in points per game (1.32), tied for eighth in assists and 11th in goals. Trivigno was crowned the 2021-22 Hockey East scoring champion averaging 1.33 points per game, nearly 0.20 ahead of its closest competitor, earning a record 32 points in 24 games on 14 goals. and 18 assists, ranking second in both categories.

Felix won the Jack Canniff Unsung Hero Award and the Minuteman Award. The Jack Canniff Unsung Hero Award is given to the UMass player recognized by his teammates for having contributed the most to the team without receiving the recognition that others have. The Minuteman Award is given to the individual who best embodies the core values ​​and team identity of UMass hockey. Felix began his UMass career with an iron man streak that lasted 124 games and saw action in a total of 140 contests over four years. As a senior in 2021-22, the Ocean City, New Jersey native had 10 points (2g, 8a) and was named to Hockey East’s All-Tournament Team after helping UMass repeat in as league champion.

Ufko was honored for being the most positive contributor in his first season as the team’s rookie of the year. A Hockey East All-Rookie Team selection, Ufko led Hockey East in league play with 19 assists in 24 games and tied for sixth in scoring in league action with 22 points. while he also scored three goals en route to a Hockey East All-Star Honorable Mention nod. The February Eastern Hockey Rookie of the Month had 31 points in 37 games with five goals and 26 assists to finish tied for first nationally among rookie defensemen in assists and third among rookie defensemen in points. A native of Smithtown, New York, Ufko contributed three power-play goals and one shorthanded goal and posted a +5 rating on the year.

Del Gaizo received the coaches award after posting career highs in points, goals and assists in his final season with the Minutemen. In 36 games in 2021-22, the Basking Ridge, N.J. native had 17 points on seven goals and 10 assists with three power-play goals and two game-winners, while earning player recognition once. of Hockey East week.

Lautenbach was voted by his peers as having improved more than any player on the roster during the 2021-22 campaign as the team’s most improved player. The Brighton, Michigan native appeared in 31 games and had 10 points on three goals and seven assists on a winning tally.

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