March 16, 2011

Thompson Garners Hockey East Scoring Champion, Third-Star Award; ‘Cats win Charlie Holt Sportsmanship Award

Paul Thompson
Hockey East Scoring Champion
Hockey East Three-Star Award
Matt Di Girolamo
Bauer Goaltending Champion - Runner-Up

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Senior forward Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) of the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team earned the Hockey East Humboldt Storage and Moving Scoring Championship, as well as the Army ROTC Three-Stars Award for the 2010-11 season. In addition, the Wildcats were honored as the 2011 Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award, given annually to the least penalized team in Hockey East. The first round of awards were announced Wednesday, March 16 by the league office. The Hockey East All-Star Team, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year will be announced at the league's awards banquet Thursday, March 17 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge.

Thompson ran away with the scoring title finishing with 42 points, four ahead of Cam Atkinson from Boston College. Thompson ranked first in Hockey East play in power-play points (18), power-play goals (nine) as well as game-winning goals (seven) and finished second in league play in goals with 23. In addition, he was honored as the Army ROTC Three-Stars Award recipient for outstanding single-game accomplishments over the course of the 2010-11 season. For more information on Thompson, check ThompsonforHobey.com.

Hockey East proudly recognizes an entire team for its sportsmanlike play with the Charles E. Holt Sportsmanship Award, named after the former UNH coach. This award is given to the team that receives the lowest average penalty minutes per game over the course of regular season Hockey East play. The Team Sportsmanship Award was established by the league's directors in 1992 and was renamed to honor Holt in 1998. The award is in the form of a shadow box with etched glass depicting the image of New Hampshire's legendary coach. New Hampshire earns the award bearing the name of its former coach for the sixth time in program history and the second time in as many seasons. UNH's 10.1 penalty minutes per game are the fewest by any team in Hockey East. Overall, the Wildcats are the third-least penalized team in all of Division I college hockey with just 10.5 pmpg.

In addition, UNH's Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) finished runner up to BC's John Muse as Bauer's Goaltending Champion with a 2.16 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.

New Hampshire will play fourth-seeded Merrimack College in the Hockey East semifinals Friday, March 18 (8 p.m.) at TD Garden in Boston. The game will be broadcast live on NESN with radio coverage on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network.

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