Four University of Maine men's ice hockey players have been honored by Hockey East. Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) was named the Gladiator Best Defensive Forward, Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) received the Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award, while Jeff Dimmen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) received the Turfer Athletic Award. In addition, Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.) was named to the Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team.
House, who saw action in 35 games, was named the Gladiator Best Defensive Forward. The captain of the Black Bears, House scored 10 goals and dished out 25 assists for 35 points his senior season. He had four power play goals and one short handed tally. He finished the season with a +8 rating. He becomes the first Black Bears to win the award since Todd Jackson (2003–04).
Flynn earned the prestigious Len Ceglarski Award given for individual sportsmanship. The award is given to a player who consistently demonstrates superior conduct and sportsmanship on the ice. The award was established in 1992 and voted upon by head coaches, sports information directors and league officials.
Flynn saw action in all 36 games for the Black Bears. He led the team with 20 goals and had 16 assists for 36 points. He drew just four penalties for eight minutes and led the team with four game-winning goals. In Hockey East play, he played in 27 games and scored 15 goals and dished out 15 assists for 30 points, while being whistled for just three penalties for six minutes.
It is the seventh time that a Black Bear has earned the Len Ceglarski Award. Steve Kariya won the award three times (1996–97, 1997–98, and 1998–99), Cory Larose (1999–00), Martin Kariya (2002–03) and Mike Lundin (2006–07) have all been honored with the award.
Dimmen earned the Turfer Athletic Award. The Turfer Athletic Award, which is presented annually to an individual, coach or team who best represents the core values of Turfer Athletics; tenacity, commitment and innovation. Dimmen saw action in 29 games for the Black bears during his senior season. Named an assistant captain for the second year in a row, Dimmen scored seven goals and added nine assists for 16 points. He scored four power play goals. Dimmen battled ankle injuries during his senior season and often played when he was not 100 percent.
Sullivan was named to the 2011 Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team. He saw action in 21 games during his freshman season and finished 10-7-2 with a 2.73 goals against average and a .890 save percentage. Sullivan had three shutouts on the season. He set the school record for longest shutout sequence at 202:48.
He becomes the 26th player in Maine history to earn Hockey East All-Rookie Team honors.
BC sophomore Brian Dumoulin (Biddeford, Maine) will be the recipient of the Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman award. Dumoulin led all league blueliners with 23 points and his +13 rating in league play was fifth best among defensemen.
Additional Hockey East honors will be announced on Thursday night at the annual Hockey East banquet in Cambridge, Mass.
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