BOSTON – Senior assistant captain Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) and freshman forward James vanRiemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) of the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team were named semifinalists for the 56th annual Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.

Regan and vanRiemsdyk were among 15 semifinalists selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, as announced by president Al Robichaud. Regan was among a list of three players that are repeat nominees (BC’s Benn Ferriero – BU’s Peter MacArthur), while vanRiemsdyk was one of two freshmen finalists.

Regan has practically rewritten the goaltending record book at UNH, as he recently became the all-time saves and wins leader for the Wildcats. He’s started 19 of UNH’s 24 games this season and has posted a 14-5-1 record to date with a 2.42 GAA and a .922 save percentage (.933) and wins (11).  He is 7-0-0 in his last seven games against Hockey East foes with a microscopic 1.64 GAA in those contests.

vanRiemsdyk ranks fourth nationally in rookie scoring with 23 points, despite missing five games for the World Juniors Championship. At the World Juniors, vanRiemsdyk was the tournament’s leading scorer averaging more than a point per game. The freshman forward has been on fire since his return garnering Hockey East Rookie of the Month in January by tallying seven points (4g, 3a) in five games. Since his return, the Wildcats are 5-1-0 with 4.16 goals per game.

UNH has had five former Wildcats earn the Walter Brown Award including Bob Miller (1977), Ralph Cox (1979), Ty Conklin (2001), Mike Ayers (2003) and Steve Saviano (2004).

The Gridiron Club plans to announce the finalists and winner of the 56th Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play.

The No. 5-ranked Wildcats return to action Friday, Feb. 8 at Maine. Game time at Alfond Arena is 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on WABI with radio coverage on the UNH Sports Network.
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