DURHAM, N.H.— Senior forward Paul Thompson (Derry, 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 2010-11 season, announced at the annual team awards banquet Saturday evening at the Huddleston Hall Ballroom.
Thompson was also the recipient of the Guy Smith Award, Ted Karmeris Fan Favorite Award and The Guy Smith Award is given annually to the best offensive player on the team. Thompson, who was recently named an AHCA All-America first teamer, adds these awards to an already lengthy list of 2010-11 accomplishments: 2010-11 Hobey Baker top 10 finalist, 2010 Hockey East Player of the Year, 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 (N.E. MVP) and Herb Gallagher Award winner (NE's best forward). Thompson was a two-time Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Month (Nov. and Jan.) and a three-time Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week. He ranks second in the nation in both power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (seven) as well as ninth in points per game (1.37) and sixth in goals per game (0.74). Thompson led Hockey East in points (52), goals (28), power-play goals and game-winning goals, and ranked third in power-play points (22) and ninth in assists (24).
Juniors Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.) and Damon Kipp (Salmon Arm, British Columbia) were named the 107th and 108th captains in the history of the UNH hockey program for the 2011-12 season. In addition, juniors Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) and Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) were named the alternate captain for the upcoming season.
Borisenok was also named the recipient of the Warren Brown Award, which is given annually to the best defensive forward on UNH's roster. Borisenok, who is a two-time winner of this award, centered UNH's second line, which was often used in short-handed and other odd-man situations. Borisenok's line was considered one of the nation's hottest lines over the final month and a half of the season as he put up a career-high 20 points on six goals and 14 assists in 37 games.
Kipp also received 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. Kipp was a mainstay in a stingy UNH defense. He registered 13 points on three goals and 10 assists and was a +8 overall. Kipp and the Wildcats allowed just 2.51 goals per game, including a 2.19 mark in 27 conference games.
Kessel was also awarded the Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award for his impressive defensive play throughout the season. He became the first Wildcat since Brian Yandle (2005, 2006), and seventh in program history, to earn All-America twice in his career. Yandle, Colin Hemingway (2002, 2003), Ty Conklin (2000, 2001), Jason Krog (1997, 1999), Ralph Cox (1978, 1979) and Gordie Clark (1973, 1974) were also repeat honorees. Kessel, a 2010-11 Hockey East First-Team All-Star, continued to backbone the UNH defense in his junior season. The blueliner ranked 18th in the nation for defensemen scoring with 0.69 points per game and was named a 2011 Walter Brown Award semifinalist for his efforts. He was even more impressive in Hockey East play, ranking second in defensemen scoring (27 points), 13th in assists (22) and 18th in power-play points (14). The junior chipped in at least 20 assists for the second straight season and led all UNH blueliners with 27 points.
Moses emerged as one of the Wildcats' top offensive weapons in the second half of the season. The speedy forward tallied 26 points on 14 goals and 12 assists. Moses owned a +13 rating and played in all 39 games this past season.
Sophomore Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) earned the Most Improved Player Award for 2010-11 season. In a year where the Wildcats' backbone was its solid defensive play, Hardowa was an invaluable part of the UNH blueliners. Hardowa's +13 rating was the second best by a New Hampshire defenseman. Hardowa scored just two points in 29 games as a freshman and exploded for 13 points, third-best by a UNH defender in 2010-11.
Sophomore defenseman Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.) earned the Robert Kullen Award, which is given to the unsung hero of the Wildcats. Kostolansky skated with Kessel on UNH's top defensive pairing all season. A pivotal part of the Wildcat power play, Kostolansky recorded 19 points on five goals and 14 assists. His 14 assists were second to only Kessel among UNH defenders. Overall, the sophomore owned a +10 rating and appeared in all 39 games.
Senior captain Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) 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.
Sislo capped his Wildcat career with 15 goals and 33 assists for 48 points in 39 games during the 2011 season. He led the team in assists, ranked second in goals, points, power-play goals (four) and game-winning goals (four). With those numbers, Sislo ranked 22nd in the nation in points per game and 10th in assists per game. He led Hockey East in assists and also ranked fifth in the league in points as well as 11th in goals. In 154 career games, Sislo tallied 51 goals and 65 assists for 116 points. He is one of just 46 players in UNH men's hockey history to record 50+ goals and 50+ assists.
Senior 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, who also won this award as a junior, is a four-time Hockey East All-Academic Team selection.
UNH Assistant Athletic Director for Hockey Operations Colin Shank was named the recipient of the Snively Citizenship and Service Award. 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. Shank was honored for his contributions to the hockey program and beyond.
Junior forward Cam Atkinson of Boston College was named the recipient of the Terry Morton Most Worthy Opponent Award. Atkinson was a Hobey Baker "Hat Trick" finalist, led the nation in points and helped Maine to the Hockey East title game last season.
Award Player Class Position
Roger A. LeClerg Trophy (MVP) Paul Thompson Sr. Forward
2010-11 Captains Co-Captain Mike Borisenok Jr. Forward
Co.-Captain Damon Kipp Jr. Defense
Alternate Capt. Blake Kessel Jr. Defense
Alternate Capt. Stevie Moses Jr. Forward
Most Improved Player Award Connor Hardowa So. Defense
Ted Karmeris Fan Favorite Award Paul Thompson Sr. Forward
Warren R. Brown Memorial Trophy Mike Borisenok Jr. Forward
(Best Defensive Forward)
Guy Smith Award Paul Thompson Sr. Forward
Sid Knight Award (Best GPA) Greg Manz Sr. Forward
Robert A. Kullen (Unsung Hero) Brett Kostolansky So. Defense
Charles E. Holt Coaches Award Mike Sislo Sr. Forward
Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award Blake Kessel So. Defenseman
SCO Nate Hardy Ironman Award Damon Kipp Jr. Defenseman
Snively Citizenship and Service Award Colin Shank Hockey Operations
Terry Morton Most Worthy Opponent Cam Atkinson Jr. Forward (Boston College)