Makar is first UMass player to win Hobey Baker Award

The Buffalo News - - NHL - By Miguel Ro­driguez NEWS SPORTS RE­PORTER

Cale Makar of the Uni­ver­sity of Mas­sachusetts has been se­lected as the 39th re­cip­i­ent of the Hobey Baker Award, given to Di­vi­sion I col­lege hockey’s top player.

The sopho­more de­fense­man, who will lead the Min­ute­men into Satur­day’s NCAA final against de­fend­ing cham­pion Min­nesota Du­luth, ranks third na­tion­ally with 49 points.

“I’m not an in­di­vid­ual guy by any stan­dards,” Makar said. “I think this is a team award, and I ac­cept this on be­half of the team. It’s been amaz­ing, and any­one on our team can step up at any mo­ment. It’s un­be­liev­able, and I’m truly hon­ored to play for such a good pro­gram.”

Makar, a Colorado Avalanche prospect, has set UMass records for as­sists (33) and points. The smooth skater and passer an­chors a de­fense corps that leads the na­tion in goals.

Makar, a na­tive of Cal­gary, Al­berta, is the first UMass player to win the Hobey and earned the honor over fel­low de­fense­men Adam Fox of Har­vard and Jimmy Schuldt of St. Cloud State.

“It’s a great honor to be the one picked for this award,” Makar said. “Any­one of these guys could’ve eas­ily have won the award. Three de­fense­men as fi­nal­ists is pretty cool.”

North­east­ern’s Cay­den Primeau, who just signed his en­try-level con­tract with the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens, cap­tured the Mike Richter Award as Di­vi­sion I col­lege hockey’s top net­min­der. The son of for­mer Philadel­phia Flyer Keith and nephew of ex-Sabre Wayne posted a 25-9-1 record and the na­tion’s sec­ondbest save perent­age (.933).

“(To win) is huge,” Primeau said. “There were a bunch of good goalies nom­i­nated. To be the re­cip­i­ent, it means so much. I wouldn’t be here with­out my team­mates.”

The Hockey Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award, given to the sport’s stu­dent-ath­lete who makes sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to his/her team and com­mu­nity through lead­er­ship and vol­un­teerism went to Wis­con­sin se­nior de­fense­man Jake Bunz.

Af­ter trav­el­ing on a mis­sion trip to Haiti in 2012, Bunz re­turned home and formed the Fond Blanc Foun­da­tion with the goal of pro­vid­ing funds, med­i­cal sup­plies, food and ed­u­ca­tion. The foun­da­tion has gone from help­ing 40 to now aid­ing 60 or­phans, and also has pro­vided ed­u­ca­tion to more than 400 chil­dren. Bunz has raised more than $250,000.

Three play­ers re­ceived ma­jor penal­ties and game mis­con­ducts for de­liv­er­ing blows to the head while body check­ing dur­ing the national semi­fi­nal be­tween UMass and Den­ver. There was a fourth in­ci­dent in the game. It went un­pe­nal­ized, un­til Fri­day.

The NCAA an­nounced fresh­man for­ward Bobby Triv­i­gno of UMass has been sus­pended for Satur­day’s fi­nale at KeyBank Cen­ter. The play oc­curred with 3:11 left in the third pe­riod when Triv­i­gno hit Den­ver’s Jake Dur­flinger in the side of the head. UMass won in over­time, 4-3.

In the NCAA Tour­na­ment, the Di­vi­sion I men’s ice hockey com­mit­tee deals doles out sup­ple­men­tary dis­ci­pline. The com­mit­tee in­formed UMass brass be­fore prac­tice.

Triv­i­gno, who scored on the power play dur­ing Thurs­day’s over­time win over Den­ver, has 13 goals and 28 points in 39 games.

Long­time Wil­liamsville North High School and Amherst Youth Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion Coach Bob Rosen re­ceived the Amer­i­can Hockey Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion’s John Mar­i­ucci Award dur­ing a lunch-time cer­e­mony in the Lexus Club at KeyBank Cen­ter. Rosen is one of the all-time win­ningest coaches in New York State.

Dur­ing his 29 sea­sons, he’s guided North to five state cham­pi­onships. He also coached 30 years with Amherst Youth Hockey, lead­ing teams in the or­ga­ni­za­tion to four national cham­pi­onships.

The John Mar­i­ucci Award is be­stowed upon the sec­ondary/high school as­so­ci­a­tion coach who best ex­em­pli­fies the spirit, ded­i­ca­tion and en­thu­si­asm of Mar­i­ucci.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing a leg­endary col­lege coach at Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota, Mar­i­ucci was a driv­ing force in the growth of hockey in the United States.

Rosen was nom­i­nated for the award by his for­mer col­lege coach and long­time friend Brian Cavanaugh, for­mer player and cur­rent Mon­treal Cana­di­ens scout Nick Car­riere and cur­rent Fre­do­nia coach Jeff Mered­ith.

All were among the more than 80 guests Rosen had at the gala for the spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

“It’s a tremen­dous honor to win such a pres­ti­gious award,” Rosen said. “To share it with so many peo­ple, so many friends ... their sup­port has been tremen­dous. Coach­ing in hockey has al­ways been about the friend­ships and last­ing bonds that hockey cre­ates.”

Here is this year’s list of col­lege hockey’s First Team All-Amer­i­cans.

East: Primeau, goalie, North­east­ern; Adam Fox, de­fense, Har­vard; Cale Makar, de­fense, Mas­sachusetts; Mitchell Chaf­fee, for­ward, Mas­sachusetts; Ryan Kuffner, for­ward, Prince­ton; Nico Sturm, for­ward, Clark­son.

West: Hunter Shep­ard, goalie, Min­nesota Du­luth, Quinn Hughes, de­fense, Michi­gan, Jimmy Schuldt, de­fense, St. Cloud State; Taro Hirose, for­ward, Michi­gan State; Pa­trick Newell, for­ward, St. Cloud State; Rem Pitlick, for­ward, Min­nesota.

While this is the sec­ond time the Frozen Four has come to Buf­falo, this is the 11th time the event has come to New York State. That ranks just be­hind Colorado (15) for the num­ber of times a state has served as host. Of course, it should be noted that the first 10 Frozen Fours took place in Colorado.

The NCAA has moved them around since 1958. Min­nesota has hosted 10 times. Mas­sachusetts has had it eight times.

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