Pair of All-Americans Headline UMass Hockey East All-25th Anniversary Team
March 2, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - All-Americans and current NHL members Thomas Pock and Jon Quick headline the UMass Hockey East All-25th Anniversary Team which is made up of 15 former standouts representing each year UMass has been a member of the league. The team was picked by the fans in an online vote on UMassAthletics.com. Four members of the 2008-09 squad were also named to the squad which is made up of seven forwards, five defensemen and three goalies. The team was announced on Friday, Feb. 27 during the game against Boston University.
Some of the greatest scoring names in the program's Modern Era history comprise the list of seven forwards including current Minutemen James Marcou and Cory Quirk. Fans also selected Matt Anderson, Chris Capraro, Greg Mauldin, Tim Turner and Stephen Werner as the top forwards.
Current blueliner and San Jose Draft Pick Justin Braun was selected as one of the top five defensemen in UMass' Hockey East history. Marvin Degon, Mike Kostka, Nick Kuiper and Pock round out the defensive lineup.
Starting with Quick, fans also selected Markus Helanen and Gabe Winer as the goaltending trio. The three-some are the top goalies not only in UMass' Hockey East history, but also in the program's all-time history.
Eleven of the selected players were members of the 2004 UMass squad that made the Hockey East Championship game - the three-overtime thriller against Maine which is considered one of the best games in Hockey East history.
Seven members of the All-25th Anniversary Team led UMass to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006-07 including the Minutemen's dramatic 1-0 overtime win over Clarkson in the NCAA First Round.
Chris Capraro (2003-07) - One of the all-time great playmakers in program history, Capraro is tied for 10th all-time in career points with 95 thanks to 67 career assists which ranks fourth all-time. Capraro also had a knack for timely scoring as he and Stephen Werner hold the Modern Era record for game-winning goals at eight. As a senior, Capraro also earned Hockey East All-Tournament Team honors after helping the Minutemen to a Semifinal appearance before earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
James Marcou (2007-pr.) - In just two seasons at UMass, Marcou has already etched his name in program history as an elite player. In 68 career games, the 2007-08 Hockey East All-Rookie Team selection has 72 points (19g, 53a) which ranks 23rd all-time in program history. His 29 assists in 2008-09 is the school record for sophomore skaters and he is on pace to become one of the all-time top-5 scorers in UMass history. A two-time semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, Marcou's name has begun being mention nationally as a contender for the Hobey Baker Award thanks to his play-making abilities.
Greg Mauldin (2002-04) - Mauldin was one of the top forwards in Hockey East during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. As a junior he was named to the Hockey East All-Conference Honorable Mention Team, while as a senior he was one of four Minutemen named to the All-Tournament Team after guiding UMass to its first ever Hockey East Championship Game. He netted 94 career points which is tied for 12th most all-time in UMass history. He was one of the top goal scorers in program history with 48 which ranks sixth all-time. He is the only player since 1997 to score 20+ goals in a season and one of only 15 players to do so in the program's 76 year history. Mauldin was a 2002 Draft pick of Columbus and played six games with the Blue Jackets following his senior seasason. He is currently in his second season with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL.
Tim Turner (2000-03) - Turner was instrumental piece in making UMass a legitimate contender in Hockey East. He ranks fifth all-time in program history for career points (107) thanks to his 47 goals and 60 assists. He finished among the team leaders in scoring in each of his four years including his 15 goals and 20 assists during his senior season where he led UMass to its best record since 1993-94.
Cory Quirk (2006-pr.) - One of the current captains of the Minutemen, Quirk is on pace to become just the seventh player in program history to eclipse the 100-point plateau. To date, the center has 41 goals and 56 assists for 97 career points which ranks ninth all-time at UMass. The 2005-06 UMass Rookie of the Year, Quirk is known for his hustle defensively just as much as he is for his play-making abilities. As a sophomore during UMass' run to the NCAA Tournament, Quirk was tied for the team lead in goals scored (13).
Stephen Werner (2003-06) - Werner was the highest drafted player to come to UMass until Jon Quick came to Amherst. A third-round pick of the Washington Capitals, Werner did not disappoint fans as he tallied 116 career points which is the fourth-most all-time at UMass. His 50 goals are tied for the fourth most, while his 66 career assists are the fourth most in program history. Werner was the team Rookie of the Year and a unanimous pick to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2003-04. In 2003-04, he was named the team's MVP. The two-time captain also suited up for Team USA's World Junior Championship Team and helped the Minutemen to the Hockey East Championship Game in 2003-04.
Marvin Degon (2002-06) - Captain of the Minutemen during the 2005-06 season, Degon led the team in scoring with 10 goals and 19 assists. For his career, Degon totaled 27 goals and 56 in 146, ranking 18th all-time in scoring at UMass. He also holds the school record for career power play goals with 20 and power play goals in a game with three. As a freshman, Degon was named the Hockey Easy Rookie of the Month in February, and was named to the Hockey East All-Conference First Team as a senior. He was awarded the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior. Degon is currently in the Montreal Canadiens system.
Mike Kostka (2005-08) - Captain of the Minutemen during the 2007-08 season, Kostka was an integral part of the Minuteman defense during his four years at UMass. For his career, he tallied 15 goals and 38 assists in 143 games. Kostka helped lead the Minutemen to their first mid-season tournament title with wins over No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 4 Colorado College last season. Kostka was named to the Hockey East All-Academic team in each of his four seasons with the Minutemen. He was also named the UMass Most Valuable Player during his senior year.
Nick Kuiper (2001-04) - Assistant captain during the 2003-04 season, Kuiper tallied five goals and five assists. Kuiper played a key role is UMass' run to the Hockey East Championship game in 2004. For his career, he totaled 10 goals and 23 assists. He was named to the Minuteman Award after his senior season for his dedication, determination, character and leadership. Following his time with the Minutemen, Kuiper went on to play with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL before playing last season with the Gwinnet t Gladiators of the ECHL.
Thomas Pock (2001-04) - Thomas Pock entered the UMass Hockey program as a highly-regarded forward and left as one of the country's top defenseman. Pock rewrote the record book, setting every defenseman scoring record to date, while accomplishing these feats in only two years. In his final two years at UMass, Pock led the Minutemen to a 38-29-7 record and two appearances at the Fleetcenter for the Hockey East Championships. He was UMass' first ever Hobey Baker finalist and was named insidecollegehockey.com's National Defenseman of the Year following his senior season. For his career, Pock tallied 44 goals and 58 assists in 130 games, tied for sixth in career points at UMass. In 2004, he was named UMass' first All-American since 1972. Three days following his senior season, Pock signed a free agent contract with the New York Rangers and scored a goal in his first game, the same day he signed the contract.
Jon Quick (2006-07) - Jon Quick was named a second-team All-America selection after backstopping UMass to its most successful season ever. The Minutemen sophomore goaltender paved the way to the NCAA Tournament and the first ever NCAA Tournament victory for the program. Quick shattered all single season goaltending records while allowing two or fewer goals in 23 of 37 games played during his sophomore season. Ten of his wins during his sophomore season came against ranked teams, with 17 30+ saves performances in the process. Quick signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, forgoing his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility. With the Kings this season, Quick has a 13-8-1 record with a 2.51 goals against average and a .912 save percentage with three shutouts.
Gabe Winer (2003-06) - Gabe Winer played a key role in UMass' rise to the tops of Hockey East. Winer was the backstop of the program in each of its appearances in the Hockey East Championships in 2003 and 2004. Although Winer missed most of the 2004 Hockey East Playoffs with an injury, he returned for the Hockey East Championship with an unbelievable performance in UMass' thrilling triple overtime game against Maine in 2004. Winer holds several UMass records, including games played, minutes played, and most wins with 50. Winer finished his career with a 2.83 goals against average and a .891 save percentage.
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