Oates Among ECAC's Next Group in Top 50 List
CHN Staff Report
The ECAC has announced its sixth group of five players named to its Top 50 Players list. A total of 50 have been selected and are being announced over the course of the season.
The top 50 players were determined by a selection committee made up of former coaches and media members. These honorees were tallied from 145 players (47 defensemen; 73 forwards; and 25 goaltenders).
The sixth segment of honorees includes: Brown defenseman Bob Gaudreau, a three-time all-conference member who won the Walter Brown Award in 1965, presented to the Outstanding American-Born player in New England; Jeff Halpern, forward at Princeton, who led the Tigers to their first ECAC Hockey Championship Title and first NCAA Championship appearance (1998); Peter Lappin, forward, St. Lawrence, two-time all-America selection (First Team 1988 and Second Team 1987), who led the Saints in scoring for three consecutive season (1986-88); Rensselaer forward Adam Oates, a member of the 1985 NCAA Championship team, who compiled 216 points in 98 career collegiate contests and ranks among the all-time NCAA leaders in assists per game with 1.53; and Jack O’Callahan, defenseman, Boston University, one of only 12 Terriers to register 100-plus career assists (102) and was named the 1978 NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player.
The first group of top 50 players released on November 11 included the following: Bob Brinkworth, forward at Rensselaer (1961-64); Ken Dryden, Cornell goaltender (1967-69); defenseman Mark Fusco, Harvard (1980-83); Brian Mueller, defenseman, Clarkson (1991-95); and Boston College forward Joe Mullen.
The League released the second segment of players on November 24 which included the following; defenseman Ray Giroux, Yale (1994-98); Joe Juneau forward Rensselaer (1987-91); Colgate forward
Andy McDonald (1996-00); Joe Nieuwendyk, foward Cornell (1984-87); and defenseman Ron Wilson, Providence (1973-77).
The third assembly release on December 8 included the following: Joe Cavanagh, Harvard, forward, (1969-71); Yann Danis, Brown, goaltender, (2000-04); Clarkson defenseman Dave Fretz (1981-85);
Dan Laperriere, St. Lawrence, defenseman, (1988-92); and forward Martin St. Louis, Vermont (1993-97).
On December 22, the fourth collection of top 50 players was released which included; Ralph Cox, New Hampshire, forward, (1975-79); Union goaltender, Trevor Koenig (1995-98); Boston University forward, Rick Meagher (1973-77); forward Lance Nethery from Cornell (1975-79); and Lee Stempniak, Dartmouth, forward (2001-05).
The League released the fifth segment on January 5 which included the following; John Cunniff, Boston College, forward (1963-66); Harvard forward, Gene Kinasewich (1964-66); defenseman Douglas Murray from Cornell (1999-03); Vic Stanfield, Boston University defenseman (1972-75); and forward Dave Taylor, Clarkson (197377).
The top 50 players were determined by a vote of a selection committee of 10 individuals, which include Joe Bertagna, former student-athlete at Harvard, former hockey commissioner of the ECAC and current commissioner of Hockey East; Ed Carpenter, former Sports Information Director at Boston U.; Bill Cleary, former studentathlete, head coach and director of athletics at Harvard; John Connolly, long-time sports reporter at the Boston Herald; Dan Fridgen, former student-athlete at Colgate and former head coach at RPI; Mike Gilligan, former head coach at Yale (interim) and Vermont; Lou Lamoriello, former student-athlete and head coach at Providence and current CEO/President/General Manager of the New Jersey Devils; Mark Morris, former student-athlete at Colgate and former head coach at Clarkson; Tim Taylor, former student-athlete at Harvard and former head coach at Yale; and Adam Wodon, editor of the College Hockey News Web site.