Marshfield, MASS. - The CCM/AHCA major awards and All-American teams were announced today with four New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) programs seeing individuals honored. Norwich University's Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) earned the Sid Watson Award as Division III's Player of the Year while Cadets Head Coach Cam Ellsworth earned the Edward Jeremiah Award as the National Coach of the Year.
In addition to Aubrun, five NEHC student-athletes earned All-American recognition. Aubrun's teammates Gabriel Chicoine (St. Dominique, Que.) and Felix Brassard (Saint-Jean-sur-Richeilieu, Que.) were named to the First and Third Teams respectively. University of Massachusetts Boston junior defender Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) was named to the Second Team for the third consecutive season. Babson College goaltender Brad Arvanitis (Holliston, Mass.) earned Third Team honors while New England College forward Nikita Pintusov (Mogilev, Belarus) was also a Third Team selection.
Aubrun was named the National Player of the Year after a record-breaking senior campaign between the pipes for Norwich. The senior netminder carried an NCAA all-division record nine-game shutout streak that was only halted by the NCAA's cancellation of the postseason tournament. He compiled an NCAA best 0.77 goals against average and .967 save percentage, both best in the nation to go along with his NCAA record breaking 13 shutouts. He won both the NEHC Player and Goaltender of the Year for the second-straight season and was also named the NEHC Tournament MVP this year.
Said Norwich head coach Cam Ellsworth, "Tom is the foundation of our team. His calming demeanor in the net gives our team a great deal of confidence shift to shift. None of his accomplishments have come easy. He came to Norwich as the third goalie and has worked to get to this point. Tom is a coach's dream. He is humble, hard-working and a class act. He has no expectations or ego and therefore he shows up every day ready to work and tries to get better."
Ellsworth was named the National Coach of the Year by his fellow Division III coaches after guiding Norwich to a 24-2-2 overall record and their second-straight conference title. Overall, Norwich broke nine individual and team NCAA Division III all-time records during the 2019-20 season. The Cadets penalty kill ranked second in the country at 93.2 %. They allowed five goals on the kill while scoring three shorthanded goals. Norwich was the second least penalized team in the country with just 7.4 minutes per game. The team also grabbed the top spot in the USCHO.com National Rankings for nine weeks this season. The Cadets ranked in the Top 5 in the pairwise for nearly the entire season, including the majority of the second half at Number 1.
Chicoine earned his First Team All-American nod after an impressive sophomore season with the Cadets. He compiled 31 points this season on five goals and 26 assists from the blue line. His 1.11 points per game ranked sixth best in the country for defenseman scoring. He also played a pivotal role in the country's best defense.
Brassard earned Third Team recognition after piling up 31 points for Norwich this season on 18 goals and 13 assists. He finished the year with an impressive +31 in 28 games and also notched 8 power-play goals for the maroon and gold.
Albano earned his third career All-American honor as a Second Team defender. He recorded 28 points on seven goals at 21 assists for the Beacons this season. His 1.12 points per game were tied for fourth most nationally amongst fellow defenders.
Arvanitis put up incredible numbers in net for Babson this season on his way to a Third Team All-American honor. His 1.33 goals against average and .954 save percentage ranked second-best in the country, trailing only Aubrun. He went 8-3-1 in net for Babson this season while also adding four shutouts (t-6th most in Division III).
Pintusov was honored as a Third Team forward after leading the conference with 25 goals in 27 games. His 0.93 goals per game ranked second most in the nation while his 1.52 points per game were 10th most in all of Division III. He also ranked among the nation's best in game-winning goals with 5 (t4th nationally) and power play goals with 8 (t11th nationally).
The Sid Watson Award, Edward Jeremiah Award and CCM Hockey/AHCA All-American Hockey teams are voted on nationally by the head coaches of NCAA Division III men's hockey programs.
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