BUTLER TABBED MVP; SISLO NAMED CAPTAIN AT 2009-10 MEN'S HOCKEY BANQUET

Bobby Butler
Roger LeClerg MVP
Ted Karmeris Fan Favorite
Guy Smith Award
Snively Citizenship & Service Award
Mike Sislo
2010-11 Captain
Matt Campanale
2010-11 Alternate Captain
Paul Thompson
Most Improved Player
Mike Borisenok
Warren R. Brown Memorial Trophy
Greg Manz
Sid Knight Award (Best GPA)

Brian Foster
Robert A. Kullen (Unsung Hero)
SCO Nate Hardy Ironman Award

Peter LeBlanc
Charles E. Holt Coaches Award
Blake Kessel
Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award

DURHAM, N.H.— Senior forward Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) 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 2009-10 season, announced at the annual team awards banquet on Saturday afternoon at the Huddleston Hall Ballroom.

Butler was also the recipient of the Guy Smith Award, Ted Karmeris Fan Favorite Award and Snively Citizenship and Service Award. The Guy Smith Award is given annually to the best offensive player on the team. The Whoop Snively Citizenship and Service Award is presented to the player who has distinguished himself through his citizenship and service to the University and the community.  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.

Butler, who was recently named a Hobey Baker “Hat Trick” finalist and a first team All-American, adds these honors to an already lengthy list of 2009-10 accomplishments. Butler was the 2010 Hockey East Player of the Year, 2010 Walter Brown Award winner, Hockey East All-Star First Team, Hockey East Scoring Champion, Hockey East Three Stars Award winner, a New England All Star, Leonard Fowle Award winner (NE MVP) and Herb Gallagher Award winner (NE's best forward).

Junior Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) was named the 106th captain in the history of the UNH hockey program for the 2010-11 season. Junior Matt Campanale (Chester Springs, Pa.) was named the alternate captain for the upcoming season.

Sislo finished a well-balanced junior campaign with 29 points on 14 goals and 15 assists. He is one of two players with 68 points (36g, 32a) to lead all returners coming into the upcoming season, while his 36 goals is tops among all returners. Sislo scored 22 of his 29 points in Hockey East play, scored four times on the power play and twice short-handed. In the season prior, Sislo was the team's leading goal scorer with 19 goals that season, while also tallying 12 assists.

Campanale was a leader on a young Wildcat defense in 2009-10, playing on both the first and second defensive pair throughout the season. He played in all 39 games for New Hampshire this year, posting 12 points on three goals and nine assists.

Senior netminder Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) earned the Robert Kullen Award, which is given to the unsung hero of  the Wildcats, as well as 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.

Foster, a 2009 Hockey East Honorable Mention selection, was a RBK/AHCA All-America second team, New England All-Star, 2010 Hockey East All Star First team, a four-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week and earned Goalie of the Month in December and January. Hockey East's ironman in net, Foster played in 38 of 39 games and ranked first in Hockey East in saves (1,128), minutes (2,297:10) and wins (17). In Hockey East play, Foster was in the top five in every netminding category with a 2.75 GAA (5th), .913 save percentage (4th), .653 win percentage (3rd) and 764 saves (2nd). Foster stopped a career-high 50 shots on March 14 against Vermont and allowed two goals or fewer on 16 occasions. Foster's 1,128 saves in 2009-10 is second behind All-American Mike Ayers (1,139 - 2002-03) on UNH's single season saves list.

Sophomore forward Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.) was named the recipient of the Warren Brown Award, which is given annually to the best defensive forward on UNH's roster. Borisenok centered UNH's third line, which was often used in short-handed and other odd-man situations. Borisenok had a breakout year in 2009-10, posting 15 points on six goals and nine assists. After playing just 11 games in his first season in Durham, Borisenok played in all 39 games this past season and was a menace for opposing forwards.

Sophomore Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) earned the Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award for his impressive defensive play throughout the season. Kessel, a 2009-10 Hockey East All-Star First team honoree, anchoring a youthful Wildcat defense as a sophomore. The blueliner, who was a New England All-Star selection, ranked second in the nation in defensive scoring with 38 points. Kessel's 28 assists are the most by a Wildcat blueliner since Jayme Filipowicz (30) in the 1998-99 season. In addition to his 28 assists, Kessel had a knack for scoring big goals, including a pair of late game-tying goals against Vermont and Boston College on back-to-back weekends and a dramatic game-winning goal against UMass-Lowell in early December. Kessel led Hockey East in defensive scoring with 36 points and his 26 assists are fifth among all players in the league. He dished out a career-high four assists in a win over in-state rival Dartmouth College, earning co-MVP honors. In addition, Kessel was named a semifinalist for the Walter Brown award.

Senior co-captain Peter LeBlanc (Hamilton, Ontario) garnered the Charles E. Holt Coaches Award, as voted by the coaching staff for the player who made large contributions both on and off the ice.  LeBlanc was one of just four seniors on the Wildcat roster and was one of five players with 30-plus points. LeBlanc tallied 14 goals including 12 in Hockey East play, two power play goals and two game-winners. He finished his career with 85 points in 153 games played.

Junior forward Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) earned the Most Improved Player Award for the 2009-10 season. Thompson had a breakout junior year with 39 points in 39 games. The junior forward posted a balanced 19 goals and 20 assists. Thompson and his linemates Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) and Butler formed one of the most formidable lines in college hockey this past season. Thompson ranked second on the team in scoring and owned a plus/minus rating of +16 in Hockey East play. Thompson has 60 career points in 101 games.

Junior forward Greg Manz (Wayne, Pa.) won the SID Knight Award that is presented to the player with the best grade point average on the team. Manz played in 32 games for the 'Cats, tallying a pair of goals and an assist.

Sophomore forward Gustav Nyquist of Maine was named the recipient of the Terry Morton Most Worthy Opponent Award. Nyquist was a Hobey Baker “Hat Trick” finalist, led the nation in points and helped Maine to the Hockey East title game last season.

Award Summary:

Award Player Class Position

Roger A. LeClerg Trophy (MVP)                  
Bobby Butler                 Sr.         Forward

2010-11 Captains                            
Capt. Mike Sislo                     Jr.         Forward
Alt.    Matt Campanale            Jr.         Defense

Most Improved Player Award                      
Paul Thompson             Jr.         Forward

Ted Karmeris Fan Favorite Award                
Bobby Butler                 Sr.        Forward

Warren R. Brown Memorial Trophy              
Mike Borisenok              So.       Forward
(Best Defensive Forward)

Guy Smith Award                                      
Bobby Butler                 Sr.         Forward

Sid Knight Award (Best GPA)                      
Greg Manz                    Jr.          Forward

Robert A. Kullen (Unsung Hero)                
Brian Foster                  Sr.         Goaltender

Charles E. Holt Coaches Award                    
Peter LeBlanc               Sr.          Forward

Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award        
Blake Kessel                So.         Defenseman

SCO Nate Hardy Ironman Award               
Brian Foster                 Sr.          Goaltender

Snively Citizenship and Service Award      
Bobby Butler                Sr.          Forward

Terry Morton Most Worthy Opponent           
Gustav Nyquist             So.         Forward (Maine)

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