Danny Lopez Named A Semifinalist For The Walter Brown Award
BOSTON, Mass. - Holy Cross junior forward Danny Lopez has been named one of 23 semifinalists for the 65th Walter Brown Award as announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The award is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Lopez is the first semifinalist from Holy Cross since Rob Linsmayer earned the honor in the 2010-2011 season. He is the seventh Crusader to be named a semifinalist for this award in the program's history, along with Linsmayer, James Sixsmith, Jim Stewart, Patrick Rissmiller, Tony Coskren and Tony Quesada.
The nation’s oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor, the Walter Brown Award was established in 1953. The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 65th Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play. The award will be presented to the winner at the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner on April 11. Thirteen teams are represented in the list of candidates that includes 16 players from Hockey East, five from the ECAC and two from Atlantic Hockey. The slate comprises 16 forwards, four goalies and three defensemen.
Lopez’s 17 goals and 30 points lead the team this season, while his 13 assists are third. He is tied for first in the league in goals and is fourth in points. His 17 goals are tied for sixth in the Division I history of the program for the most goals in a single season. Lopez leads the nation in power play goals with 12. His 12 power play goals are second all-time in the program’s Division I history. Tyler McGregor holds the record with 13 in 2005-2006.
Lopez has posted at least one point in 23 of the 28 games this season. Earlier this season he recorded a 14-game point streak which is the longest in the Division I history of the program. On Friday, Feb. 3, Lopez netted his first hat trick of his career in the 8-2 win versus AIC. It was the 23rd hat trick in the Division I history of the program.
For his career, Lopez has played in 78 games with 30 goals and 22 assists for 52 points.
The Crusaders (12-10-6, 9-7-6 AHC), who are 6-2-3 over their last 11 games, return to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, when they travel to Rochester, N.Y. to take on RIT (11-17-1, 11-12-0) at 7:05 p.m. The Crusaders' next home game will be on Friday, Feb. 17, when they host Army West Point on Senior Night. Go here for tickets.
The following is the complete list of semifinalists, by team, with statistics through February 5:
Boston College: Ryan Fitzgerald, senior forward, North Reading, MA, (7-14-21); Colin White, sophomore forward, Hanover, MA, (13-10-23); Joe Woll, freshman goalie, St. Louis, MO, (23 GP, 56 GA, .921 save pct.)
Boston University: Clayton Keller, freshman forward, Swansea, IL (13-16-29); Charlie McAvoy, sophomore defenseman, Long Beach, NY; Jake Oettinger, freshman goalie, Lakeville, MN (23 GP, 41 GA, .936 save pct.)
Harvard: Adam Fox, freshman defenseman, Jericho, NY (2-23-25); Merrick Madsen, junior goalie, Acton, CA (23 GP, 48 GA, .919 save pct.); Sean Malone, senior forward, West Seneca, NY (13-13-26).
UMass-Lowell: Joe Gambardella, senior forward, Staten Island, NY (12-25-37); C.J. Smith, junior forward, Des Moines, IA (16-16-32); and senior defenseman Dylan Zink, Madison, WI (9-18-27).
New Hampshire: Patrick Grasso, freshman forward, Ankeny, IA (17-11-28); and Tyler Kelleher, senior forward, Longmeadow, MA (16-31-47).
Northeastern: Zach Aston-Reese, senior forward, Staten Island, NY (22-22-44); and Adam Gaudette, solphomore forward, Braintree, MA (17-24-41).
Bentley: Kyle Schmidt, junior forward, Menomonee Falls, WI (13-9-22).
Brown: Sam Lafferty junior forward, Hollidaysburg, PA (8-20-28).
Connecticut: Tage Thompson, sophomore forward, Orange, CT (17-20-27).
Holy Cross: Danny Lopez, junior forward, Barrington Hills, IL (17-13-30)
Maine: Cam Brown, senior forward, Natick, MA (4-26-30).
Vermont: Stefanos Lekkas, freshman goalie, Elburn, IL (23 GP, 56, GA, .912 save pct.)
Yale: John Hayden, senior forward, Greenwich, CT (16-12-28)
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