University of Maine men's ice hockey players Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) and Josh Van Dyk (Woodstock, Ontario) were named Hockey East All-Conference selections on Thursday night at the annual Hockey East Banquet held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. Nyquist was named to the Hockey East First Team for the second straight year, while Van Dyk was named to the Second Team.
Nyquist has also been named as one of 10 finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, announced on Thursday, March 17. Nyquist was one of three student-athletes named to the Hobey Hat Trick in 2010.
Nyquist was a unanimous selection to the 2010 Hockey East First Team. This year, he played in all 36 games for the Black Bears. He scored 18 goals and had 33 assists for 51 points. He had six power play goals and a pair of short handed goals. He currently ranks tied for seventh in the nation in scoring.
Nyquist had scoring streaks of 10 games, nine games and seven games on the season. He finished the season scoring two or more points in his final seven games. He scored his first career hat trick at #6 New Hampshire on Feb. 4. Nyquist was named the Hockey East Association Player of the Month for February after he scored 10 goals and dished out four assists. He set a school record on Feb. 12 when he scored a goal just six seconds into Maine's game against Vermont. He tallied at least one point in 30 of Maine's 36 games this season.
Nyquist has 50 goals and 94 assists for 144 career points in 113 career games. He currently ranks tied for 17th on Maine's all-time scoring list.
Van Dyk was named to the Hockey East Second Team. He had an outstanding senior season for the Black Bears, seeing action in all 36 games played. He scored three goals and added 15 assists for 18 points. He tied for the team-lead in +/- with a +9 on the season. He finished as a runner-up for the Hockey East Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman Award.
Van Dyk scored a goal in each game on Senior Weekend against Merrimack. He also tallied a goal the following weekend at UMass. Twice in the final five games of the season he tied his career high with three points. He had a goal and an assist on Feb. 26 against Merrimack, before dishing out three assists on March 5 at UMass.
Van Dyk saw action in 140 career games, the most of any current Black Bear. He saw action in 91 consecutive games, the second longest streak on the team.