BOSTON- Senior forward Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass) of the University of New Hamsphire men's hockey team was named a semifinalist for the 60th annual Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
Moses was among a group of 21 semifinalists selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, as announced by Paul Stewart on Feb. 13. In total, 14 players from Hockey East were selected.
Moses has become one of the top players in college hockey in 2011-12. The alternate captain recently became the third Wildcat in as many seasons to have 20-plus goals in a season. He ranks first in Hockey East in goals with 20 and is tied for the league lead in game-winning goals with four. Moses ranks fourth in the league in scoring with 31 points (20g, 11a). In his overall career, Moses has played in 140 games with 94 points on 45 goals and 49 assists.
The Wildcats have a storied tradition in the Walter Brown Award history that includes eight former Wildcats that have earned the honor, including Bob Miller (1977), Ralph Cox (1979), Ty Conklin (2001), Mike Ayers (2003), Steve Saviano (2004), Kevin Regan (2008) and more recently, Bobby Butler (2010).
"This year's roster of semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award is somewhat larger than in past years. That's no accident; it's a direct reflection of closeness of the competition we've seen throughout the East to date. It is always a difficult task to evaluate all nominees and make a cut to a manageable number. That was the case again this year even though there are six more players still in the running than there was at this time in 2011," said Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Committee chairman Tim Costello.
The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 60th Walter Brown Award in March following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play. The award will be presented to the winner at the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner in April.
UNH returns to action Feb. 17-18 at the Whittemore Center for a two-game series against the University of Vermont. The teams play Friday night (7 p.m.) live on WBIN-TV and conclude the series on Saturday (7 p.m.). The Wildcats compete against the University of Massachusetts Amherst Minutemen Feb. 24 and 25 at the Mullins Center both games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets to the Vermont games are available online at www.unhwildcats.com.