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Marcou, Wellman Named Semifinalists For Walter Brown Award

Casey Wellman

Casey Wellman

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
1953 - Ray Picard - Northeastern
1954 - Bob Babine - Boston College
1955 - Bill Cleary - Harvard
1956 - R.J. Cavanaugh - Northeastern
1957 - Bob Cleary - Harvard
1958 - Bob Cleary - Harvard
1959 - Mike Karin - Middlebury
1960 - Art Chisholm - Northeastern
1961 - Tom Martin - Boston College
1962 - Dave Grannis - Harvard
1963 - Bill Hogan - Boston College
1964 - Richie Green - Boston University
1965 - Bob Gaudreau - Brown
1966 - John Cunniff - Boston College
1967 - Jerry York - Boston College
1968 - Tim Sheehy - Boston College
1969 - Paul Hurley - Boston College
1970 - Tim Sheehy - Boston College
1971 - Joe Cavanagh - Harvard
1972 - Bob McManama - Harvard
1973 - Tom Mellor - Boston College
1974 - Ed Walsh - Boston University
1975 - Ron Wilson - Providence
1976 - Richie Smith - Boston College
1977 - Bob Miller - New Hampshire
1978 - Joe Mullen - Boston College
1979 - Ralph Cox - New Hampshire
1980 - Bill Army - Boston College
1981 - Mark Switaj - Boston College
1982 - Chuck Marshall - Northeastern
1983 - Mark Fusco - Harvard
1984 - Cleon Daskalakis - Boston University
1985 - Tim Army - Providence
1986 - Scott Fusco - Harvard / Scott Harlow - Boston College
1987 - Brian Leetch - Boston College
1988 - Mike McHugh - Maine
1989 - Lane MacDonald - Harvard
1990 - Greg Brown - Boston College
1991 - Dave Emma - Boston College
1992 - Rob Gaudreau - Providence
1993 - Dave Sacco - Boston University
1994 - Jacques Joubert - Boston University
1995 - Mike Grier - Boston University
1996 - Jay Pandolfo - Boston University
1997 - Chris Drury - Boston University
1998 - Chris Drury - Boston University
1999 - Mike Mottau - Boston College \ Mike Omicioli - Providence
2000 - Mike Mottau - Boston College
2001 - Ty Conklin - New Hampshire / Brian Gionta - Boston College
2002 - Jim Fahey - Northeastern
2003 - Mike Ayers - New Hampshire
2004 - Steve Saviano - New Hampshire
2005 - Dov Grumet-Morris - Harvard
2006 - Chris Collins - Boston College
2007 - John Curry - Boston University
2008 - Kevin Regan - New Hampshire
2009 - Matt Gilroy - Boston University

The Walter Brown Award
Commemorating the life and works of America's greatest sportsman, the Walter Brown Award is given annually to the outstanding American-born college hockey player in New England. The Walter Brown Award is the oldest nationally recognized honor accorded to individual players in the sport of American college hockey. Brown coached the United States to its first world hockey championship in 1933. The U.S. team, the Massachusetts Rangers, comprised players from Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Notre Dame, and Boston Commerce High School. The Americans defeated the Toronto National Sea Fleas, coached by Harold Ballard, 2-1 in overtime in the final game of the 1933 World Tournament at Prague, Czechoslovakia. It was also America's first win over a team from Canada and the first loss ever suffered by the Canadians in international play. The U.S. team members established the Walter Brown award at their 20th reunion in 1953. Criteria for the selection committee include leadership, character, sportsmanship, and ability as well as on-ice achievement. The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston has been the steward of the Walter Brown Award since 1977.

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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