BOSTON -- Senior co-captain Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was selected among 14 finalists as the recipient of the 2004 Walter Brown Award as announced by Tom Burke, president of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, on Friday.
Saviano, who became the fifth player in school history to be named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award earlier this month, is the fifth UNH player – and second in as many years – to win the Walter Brown Award, which is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
Senior goaltender Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.), one of this year's other 13 finalists, was the 2003 Walter Brown Award recipient. Previous Wildcat honorees were Ty Conklin (2001), Ralph Cox (1979) and Bob Miller (1977).
Saviano, who is enjoying his finest season as a Wildcat, has recorded 27 goals and 21 assists for 48 points in 40 games in his senior campaign. He leads the Wildcats' squad in points, goals, power-play goals (nine) and plus/minus (+14). On the national leaderboard, Saviano is No. 2 in goals per game (0.68), third in goals, seventh in points, 10th in points per game (1.20) and 11th in power-play goals.
His other 2004 honors include Hockey East Player of the Year, Hockey East All-Star First Team, the Len Ceglarski Award (Hockey East's recognition of superior sportsmanship), Hockey East Player of the Month for January and the UNH Friends of Hockey Fan Favorite Award.
Saviano registered 9-7-16 with a +10 plus/minus rating in 13 games vs. nationally ranked opponents. He posted a career-high four goals twice this season – Oct. 24 vs. Canisius and Jan. 23 vs. Merrimack. He also tallied a career-high five points Jan. 23rd, as well as a career-high three assists Dec. 5 at Clarkson.
In 24 conference games, Saviano amassed 25 points (14g, 11a), which ranked fifth among conference players. He has recorded at least one point in 25 of UNH's 40 contests with 11 multi-point games to his credit.
Saviano and his UNH teammates return to action March 27 in a Northeast Regional semifinal game vs. the University of Michigan. Game time at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester (N.H.) is 3:30 p.m.