Marcou, Wellman Named Semifinalists For Walter Brown Award
Feb. 2, 2010
BOSTON - Junior All-American James Marcou and sophomore center Casey Wellman, both among the top-10 leaders nationally in points, have been named semifinalists for the 58th Annual Walter Brown Award as announced on Monday. Marcou currently leads the nation in points, while Wellman ranks second in goals scored.
Considered two of the pre-eminent players in college hockey today, this marks the third year that Marcou is a semifinalist and the first for Wellman. Marcou is one of the top candidates for the Hobey Baker Award as well, while Wellman, who led Hockey East in Rookie Scoring a year ago, is one of the top offensive threats in the league and the nation.
Marcou currently has 119 points on 31 goals and 88 assists in 101 games. His 119 points ranks 4th all-time at UMass, while his 32 assists this season ties his single-season school record which he set last year as a sophomore.
Wellman has 68 points in 65 career games with 30 goals and 38 assists. He currently has 19 goals for the 2009-10 season which ranks second nationally. Five of his 19 goals this year have been game-winners which leads the nation.
Both players are part of the top UMass power play unit which ranks 4th nationally, while Wellman is also a member of UMass' penalty kill unit.
Below is the official release from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The No. 15 Minutemen will be in action on Friday night against No. 14 Boston College at the Mullins Center. The game is slated for a 7:30 PM start and will be televised live on NESN. It is being billed as Operation 8K Part II in an effort to sell-out the Mullins Center for this game between the two nationally ranked teams who are tied for second in the Hockey East standings.
BOSTON - February 1, 2010 - Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Steve Grogan announced today that sixteen NCAA Division One players are semi-finalists for the fifty-eighth Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
The candidates include eleven players from Hockey East, three from the ECAC Hockey League, and two from Atlantic Hockey. The slate comprises 11 forwards, one goalie, and four defensemen. Five teams - Yale, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Boston University, and Boston College - each have two nominees.
Massachusetts junior James Marcou,(Kings Park, NY); UMass-Lowell senior Kory Falite (Billerica, MA); and Yale senior Sean Backman (Cos Cob, CT), all forwards, were semifinalists for last year's award, which was won by Boston University's Matt Gilroy. Marcou, who currently leads the nation in scoring with 40 points in 28 games, was also in the running two years ago as a freshman.
The only goaltender on the 2010 semifinalists' list is Vermont sophomore Rob Madore (Pittsburgh, PA). Defensemen are Boston College senior Carl Sneep (Nisswa, MN); Boston University sophomore David Warsofsky (Marshfield, MA); New Hampshire sophomore Blake Kessel (Verona, WI); and Providence senior Mark Fayne (Sagamore Beach, MA.)
The remaining forwards from Hockey East schools are Boston College junior Brian Gibbons (Braintree, MA); Boston University junior Nick Bonino (Unionville, CT); Massachusetts sophomore Casey Wellman (Brentwood, CA); and New Hampshire senior Bobby Butler (Marlborough, MA).
Additional ECAC Hockey League forwards are Yale junior Broc Little (Rindge, NH); and Quinnipiac senior Eric Lampe (Madison, WI.)
Semifinalists from Atlantic Hockey are Sacred Heart senior Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) and Bentley University senior Marc Menzione (Darien, IL.).
"The balance and competitiveness we've seen throughout college hockey in the East this year has been superb, and that balance was especially evident during the process of nomination and evaluation for the Walter Brown Award," remarked Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Committee chairman Tim Costello.
"Once again, not every player who received serious consideration was able to make the cut. We will be tracking all of these excellent semifinalists closely through the stretch run and playoffs."
The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 58th Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play.
Walter Brown Award Winners
The Walter Brown Award
2009-2010 Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Officers: Steve Grogan, President; Ray Gallant, First Vice President; Paul Stewart, Second Vice President; John Ingoldsby, Third Vice President; Dick Lawrence, Secretary; Paul Costello, Treasurer.
2009-2010 Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Selection Committee and Advisory Board: Tim Costello, Chairman; Joe Bertagna, Tom Burke, Paul Costello, Ned Cully, Bob DeGregorio, Kevin Fleming, Steve Hagwell, Dick Lawrence, Hon. Gordon A. Martin, Jr., Paul McNamara, Bob Norton, Paul Stewart, and William J. Stewart III.
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