FOSTER GARNERS MVP AT WILDCAT HOCKEY BANQUET; BUTLER, LEBLANC NAMED 2009-10 CAPTAINS
Brian Foster
Roger A. LeClerg Trophy (MVP)
SCO Nate Hardy Ironman Award
Bobby Butler
2009-10 Co-Captain
Peter LeBlanc
2009-10 Co-Captain
Mike Sislo
Most Improved Player Award   
James van Riemsdyk
Ted Karmeris Fan Favorite Award
Guy Smith Award (Top Offensive)
WTSN Golden Fish Award
Greg Collins
Warren R. Brown Memorial Trophy
  (Best Defensive Forward)
Robert A. Kullen (Unsung Hero)
Jamie Fritsch
Charles E. Holt Coaches Award   
Thomas Fortney
Charles E. Holt Coaches Award   
Kevin Kapstad
Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award
Jerry Pollastrone
Snively Citizenship and Service Award
Alan Thompson
Sid Knight Award

DURHAM, N.H.— Junior netminder Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team was presented the Roger A. Leclerc Award as the team's Most Valuable Player for the 2008-09 season, announced at the annual team awards banquet Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.

Foster becomes the third-straight Wildcat netminder to earn this award. Kevin Regan won the award in back-to-back seasons in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Joining impressive company such as Regan is no coincidence for Foster as he put together a stellar 19-11-4 record in 35 games played. In that span he compiled 935 saves, which was good for a .910 save percentage, all while collecting three shutouts.

Foster was also the recipient of the SOC Nate Hardy Ironman Award as the Wildcat player who excels in the weight room through a 15-event competition during fall dry-land training.  The award was named in honor of Nate Hardy, a Navy SEAL who was killed in action in Iraq in early February, 2008. Nate entered the Navy after graduating from Oyster River High School in 1997. In his short career, he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer, served in four SEAL team deployments, and earned numerous medals including two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.  Nate was the son of Donna and Stephen Hardy, both long-time employees at UNH.

Forward Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.) was honored with the Whoop Snively Citizenship and Service Award, which is presented to the player who has distinguished himself through his citizenship and service to the University and the community, beyond any accomplishments on the ice.  This award was established in 2009 by Timothy J. Churchard '67 to honor his coach and mentor - A. Barr "Whoop" Snively who was the hockey, lacrosse and football coach at UNH from 1953-1964.  However, Pollastrone’s achievements on the ice are just as impressive as he totaled 21 points on six goals and 15 assists this season. The senior ends his UNH career with 97 points on 34 goals and 63 assists in 150 games played.

Juniors Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) and Peter LeBlanc (Hamilton, Ontario) were named the 104th and 105th captains in the history of UNH hockey for the 2008-09 season.

LeBlanc, ends a stellar a junior campaign with 30 points on 14 goals and 16 assists, which was good for the third best point total on the team. Of the 14 goals he put home, four of which were game-winners, a team-high. Turning it up in the second half of the season, Leblanc notched 22 of his 30 points in conference play, including 14 assists. He was also a huge factor in UNH’s 6-5 overtime victory over the University of North Dakota in the first round of the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal game at the Verizon Wireless Arena as he scored two goals, including the game winner in overtime to send the Wildcats to the Northeast Regional final of the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship against Boston University.                    

As for Butler, he also ranked third on the Wildcat roster with 30 points, compiling the second highest assist total on the team with 21, not to mention netting nine goals, two of which were game-winners.

Senior captain Greg Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) was named the recipient of the Warren Brown Award for the third-straight season, which is given annually to the best defensive forward on UNH’s roster. He also earned the Robert Kullen Award for the second-straight season, which is given to the unsung hero of Wildcats. Collins pieced together a very productive senior season as he notched eight goals and 13 assists, which was good for a total of 21 points. He ends his UNH career with 21 goals and 28 assists for a total of 49 points.

Senior Kevin Kapstad (Boxboro, Mass.) earned the Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award for his impressive defensive play throughout the season. Defense aside, Kapstad wasn’t lacking in the offensive department either as he finished his senior season with 25 points on 23 assists and two goals. His impressive point total not only ranked in the top five among Wildcats but it was the highest registered total by any Wildcat defenseman. Kapstad ends his UNH career with a total of 117 games played, in which he totaled nine goals and 34 assists for a total of 43 points.

Seniors Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, Md.) and Thomas Fortney (Webster Groves, Mo.) garnered the Charles E. Holt Coaches Awards, as voted by the coaching staff for players who make large contributions both on and off the ice.  

Fritsch finished his senior season with eight points on seven assists and a goal. He ends his Wildcat career with 39 points on 11 goals and 28 assists.  
As for Fortney, he ended the season with five points on three goals and two assists. He ends his UNH career with 45 points on 16 goals and 29 assists.

Sophomore forward James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) was awarded the Guy Smith Award, given annually to the best offensive player on the team. He led the Wildcats with 40 total points, including a team-high 23 assists and 17 goals, which ranked second on the squad. van Riemsdyk, who recently decided to forego his last two seasons as a Wildcat to sign a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, ends his UNH career with 28 goals and 46 points for a total of 74 points.

Sophomore forward Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) earned the Most Improved Player Award in his second season in Durham. Sislo earns the award coming a sophomore campaign in which he totaled 31 points, which was the second most on the team, on a team-high 19 goals and 12 assists. Hidden in those totals are six power-play goals, two short-handed goals and two game-winners.  

Senior forward Alan Thompson (Gilford, N.H.) won the SID Knight Award that is presented to the player with the best grade point average on the team. Outside of the classroom Thompson was equally impressive as he totaled three goals and five assists for a total of eight points.

Junior forward Viktor Stalberg of Vermont was named the recipient of the Terry Morton Most Worthy Opponent Award. Stalberg helped the Catamounts to its second Frozen Four appearance and first since 1996. Not to mention he was also named New England’s Most Improved Player.

Award Summary:

Roger A. LeClerg Trophy (MVP)   
    Brian Foster        Jr.        Goaltender
2009-10 Captains           
    Bobby Butler (co)    Jr.        Forward
    Peter LeBlanc (co)  Jr.        Forward
Most Improved Player Award       
    Mike Sislo        So.        Forward
Ted Karmeris Fan Favorite Award   
    James van Riemsdyk    Sr.        Forward
Warren R. Brown Memorial Trophy (Best Defensive Forward) 
    Greg Collins        Sr.        Forward
Guy Smith Award (Best Offensive Player)           
    James van Riemsdyk    So.        Forward
Sid Knight Award (Best GPA)       
    Alan Thompson        Sr.        Forward
Robert A. Kullen (Unsung Hero)   
    Greg Collins        Sr.        Forward
Charles E. Holt Coaches Award       
    Jamie Fritsch        Sr.        Defenseman
    Thomas Fortney    Sr.        Forward
Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award   
    Kevin Kapstad        Sr.        Defenseman
SCO Nate Hardy Ironman Award   
    Brian Foster        Jr.        Goaltender
Snively Citizenship and Service Award   
    Jerry Pollastrone    Sr.        Forward
WTSN Golden Fish Award       
    James van Riemsdyk    So.        Forward
Terry Morton Most Worthy Opponent   
    Viktor Stalberg        Jr.        Forward (Vermont)



 

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