MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Six New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) student-athletes were recognized as All-New England Men's Hockey honorees as voted on by the New England Hockey Writers Association. University of Massachusetts Boston Head Coach, Peter Belisle, was also recognized as All-New England Coach of the Year while Babson College's Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) was named New England's Division II/III Player of the Year.
Murray added New England's Player of the Year to his long list of accolades after an incredible senior season. He led the Beavers to their fourth straight conference championship after posting a 14-5-3 record with a 1.61 goals against average and a .940 save percentage. The Scituate, Mass. native was also named the 2016 Sid Watson Award winner as the National Division III Player of the Year while also being named a first-team All-American selection for the third consecutive year.
Mike Vollmin (Wilmington, N.C.) of Babson College joined his teammate, Murray, on the All-New England team as a defender after notching seven points and leading the Beaver defense to a league-best 25 goals-allowed in league play.
After securing UMass Boston's first regular season title since 1982 and a trip to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four, Belisle was recognized as New England's Division II/III Men's Coach of the Year. Belisle guided the Beacons to their program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and a 23-5-3 overall record. In the tournament the Beacons defeated defending National Champion, Trinity College, and number one seed in the East, Hobart College, before falling to St. Norbert in the semifinals in a back-and-forth battle for the ages.
The Beacons also had three players recognized on the All-New England team in forwards Matt Lemire (Townsend, Mass.) and Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) along with defenseman Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.) The dynamic duo of Lemire and Larkin landed on the All-New England team as forwards after ranking first and second in NEHC point scoring with 32 and 23 points respectively. Lemire ranked fourth overall in Division III scoring with 46 points while Larkin was tied for 14th in Division III with 36 points. Bishop joined them as a defender having lead the league in defenseman scoring with 14 points and ended the year tied for second amongst all defenders in Division III with 11 goals and fifth overall with 24 points.
Saint Anselm College's Peter Sikalis (Acton, Mass.) earned All-New England honors as a defenseman after a successful junior campaign for the Hawks. Sikalis led all Hawks' defenders with 17 overall points on six goals and 11 assists while his nine points in NEHC play ranked him tied for second among league defenders.