DURHAM, N.H. -Freshman forward Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team has been named one of 10 finalists for the Walter Brown Award, which is presented annually to the top American-born college hockey player in New England.

Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Richard T. Lawrence announced today that twelve players from NCAA Division I hockey programs in New England are finalists for the 50th Walter Brown Award. Last season, Boston College's Brian Gionta and UNH's Ty Conklin were named co-winners of the Walter Brown Award.

In 28 games in his freshman campaign, Collins has amassed 16-19-35 and is second in the nation with 11 power-play goals. Collins also is the leading rookie point scorer in Hockey East and in the nation.

The 2002 Walter Brown Award winner will be presented to the recipient at the New England Hockey Writers' Dinner on April 10 in Saugus, Mass.

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