MARSHFIELD, Mass. - The American Hockey Coaches Association have announced the finalists for the 2020 Sid Watson Award (National Men's Player of the Year) and the 2020 National Men's Coach of the Year. Both New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Player of the Year Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) of Norwich University and NEHC Coach of the Year, Norwich Head Coach Cam Ellsworth, have been tabbed finalists in their respective categories. The winners for both awards will be announced on Friday, March 27.
Aubrun was named both NEHC Player and Goaltender of the Year for the second-straight season. His senior campaign was nothing short of jaw dropping, as he was riding an NCAA record (across all Divisions), nine-game shutout streak heading into the NCAA tournament.
His 0.77 goals against average and .967 save percentage lead the country by an impressive margin in both categories. His 13 shutouts on the season sets the new mark in the NCAA across all divisions, breaking the previous record of 12. Aubrun surrendered just 21 goals in 27 games played this season for the Cadets.
Nine players who have distinguished themselves on the ice in 2019-20 have been named finalists for the 2020 Sid Watson Award, given annually to the best NCAA Division II-III men's ice hockey player in the country. Aubrun is the only repeat finalist from the 2019 slate of nominees. To see the full list of finalists for the 2020 Sid Watson Award, please click here.
Sponsored by the American Hockey Coaches Association, the Sid Watson Award honors the memory of former Bowdoin College head coach and athletic director Sid Watson. A three-time AHCA Coach of the Year, Watson served Bowdoin for more than 30 years, winning 326 games in 24 seasons as head coach.
Ellsworth has compiled a 44-7-5 record over two seasons for the Cadets and guided Norwich to back-to-back NEHC Tournament titles, as well as a berth in the NCAA Division III National Championship game in 2019. In 2020 he led the Cadets to a nation's best 21-2-2 to conclude the regular season (24-2-2 overall) as the program finished the year as the unanimous #1 team in the final USCHO.com National Rankings.
Eleven Coaches who have enjoyed on-ice success in 2019-20 have been named finalists for the CCM/AHCA NCAA Division II-III Men's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year Award. To be considered a finalist this season, one must either be named Coach of the Year at the conference level or be ranked in the Top Four of the Pairwise Rankings at season's end. The CCM AHCA Coach of the Year Awards are sponsored by CCM HOCKEY and chosen by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).