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CCHA College Hockey News

Sunday, 20 March, 2011 10:34 PM

Andy Miele named 'Player of the Year' at 2011 CCHA Awards

Notre Dame's Jeff Jackson was honored as 'Coach of the Year'

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Miami (OH) Senior Forward Andy Miele and his grandfather at the 2011CCHA Awards.

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- The 2011 CCHA Awards ceremony and banquet, while representing schools stretching from Alaska to the Midwest, was dominated in total player honors by two schools.

During a Thursday evening when the last remnants of winter likely melted for good, players and their relatives from schools across the CCHA gathered in the Fox Theatre to honor the conference’s best athletes at playing the arguably penultimate sport: ice hockey.

"It definitely fun to be back here," said Miami (OH) senior and left winger Justin Vaive. "We're here obviously to try and win a championship. We haven't been able to do so in my four years, but hopefully this year will be different. I was drafted by Anaheim. At the end of the season, I'm hoping to work something out with them and have a chance to play professionally somewhere. Hopefully, it will work out. This will be my third time playing at the Joe. We made it my freshman year and we were here last year. I'm just here for moral support for my teammates."

Yet it was players and coaches from the Notre Dame and Miami of Ohio squads that risked leg strains from the number of times they walked up to the stage. The highlight winner of the night turned out to be Andy Miele, the senior forward for the Miami Redhawks who received three significant honors.

The first of these was the Perani Cup Champion, a non-CCHA award sponsored by Perani’s Hockey World, recognition as a forward among the 2011 CCHA All Conference First Team, and the last award of the night, the RBC Player of the Year.

"I've been looking forward to this for a while," Miele said. "I'm happy for any player who wins and it should be a good night. The other two players, Pat Nagle and Carl Hagelin are just equally as deserving. We've got Notre Dame. We're excited to play them. It will be two good games tomorrow. The championship game should be even better. It should be a fun weekend of hockey. Everyone's a great player. They got four lines that they can roll, they can make something happen. We've got to take every player as the best player and hope to take home the championship."

The Miami senior added: "I'd love to play either BC or BU. Just because they've ended our season so many times. They've ended it all three years I've been here. I'd love to be able to take down one of them. Last year has been in the back of our minds ever since the games ended. Two years ago when we lost to BU that was a heartbreaker too. Both of those are in the back of our mind and we use them as motivation."

Also picking up several awards on the Redhawks roster was Carter Camper, another senior forward recognized as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a second member of the All-Conference First Team.

Notre Dame also saw several individuals reach the podium, with forward T.J. Tynan winning the Rookie of the Year award to go with an All-Rookie Team honor. Junior defenseman teammate, Sean Lorenz, would take the Best Defensive Defenseman award, while Coach Jeff Jackson was named Coach of the Year over noted nominees Red Berenson of Michigan and Western Michigan’s Jeff Blashill.

"We had a great year and played hard all year and kept believing," said WMU senior and center Ryan Watson. "It came down to overtime in the third game of the playoffs to get here. It wad a great feeling. I've played hockey my whole life so I would like to keep playing. I just have to see what happens after the rest of my career here. We were all nominated for awards. I'm nominated for the Scholar-Athlete award. This is the first time for me to play at the Joe. I know a lot of guys from the area have played there before. It's my first time."

Rounding out the individual winners were Michigan State’s Trevor Nill (Ilitch Humanitarian Award) and Torey Krug (Best Offensive Defenseman), Michigan’s senior captain Carl Hagelin (Best Defensive Forward) and Shawn Hunwick (Best Goaltender), and Alaska’s senior forward Kevin Petovello with the Terry Flanagan Memorial Award.

Having coincided with the 40th Anniversary of the CCHA, even the guests went home winners by receiving commemorative posters of the conference’s history and its icons.

"We had a pretty good season, it's good to be back in Detroit, that's for sure," said U-M junior and co-captain Luke Glendening. "Last year, we had our backs against the walls. This year, it's a little different. We still have the same goal. I'm not up for an award this year. I hope to go right in the real world, no hockey for me. We've played at the Joe the last two years and at the GLI."

Related Story: Michigan and Miami Advance to Joe Louis Arena for CCHA Championship

 

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MSU's Torey Krug was honored as Best Offensive Defenseman.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

U-M's Carl Hagelin won the Best Defensive Forward award.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

MSU's Trevor Nill won the Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian Award.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Notre Dame's T.J. Tynan was named the CCHA Rookie of the Year.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Notre Dame's Jeff Jackson was named the CCHA Coach of the Year.

 

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