Justin Braun Named Hockey East Defensive Player Of The Year
March 17, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass senior co-captain Justin Braun was named the 2009-10 Hockey East Old Time Hockey Defensive Defenseman which honors the league's top blueliner for the season announced by the league on Wednesday. Braun becomes the first-ever UMass player to earn the award.
For the season, the Vadnais Heights, Minnesota native played in all 36 games scoring eight goals while adding 23 assists. He finished the year with a plus-3 rating while taking just 15 penalties for 30 PIMs.
He finished his career playing in 150 games which tied Cory Quirk '09 for the school record. In all, Braun scored 23 goals, added 65 assists, and was a plus-12. His 88 points are tied for 18th all-time, while his 65 assists are 7th overall.
Regarded as one of the top defensive players in the league, Braun routinely logged 30-plus minutes of ice time per game. In addition to his regular defensive shifts, the San Jose draft pick also played on the top power play and penalty kill units.
In Hockey East, Braun ranked second in defenseman scoring, 20th overall in points for the season, ninth in assists, sixth in power play points (3-16-19).
Nationally, he ranked sixth in defenseman scoring.
In 2008-09, Braun was named a Hockey East Second-Team All-Star and the UMass MVP. As a freshman in 2006-07, he earned league and team Rookie of the Year honors. Additionally, in each of his three seasons, Braun has been a nominee for the Hobey Baker Award.
Along with the Old Time Hockey Defensive Defenseman Award, Hockey East also announced six other individual awards and the 2009-10 All-Rookie Team.
2010 PRO AMBITIONS ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
2009-2010 HOCKEY EAST AWARD WINNERS
Three Stars Award: Bobby Butler, New Hampshire
Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman: Justin Braun, Massachusetts
Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award: Ben Smith, Boston College
Humboldt Storage and Moving Scoring Champions: B. Butler, UNH/G. Nyquist, Maine, 41 pts.
Bauer Goaltending Champion: Carter Hutton, UMass-Lowell (2.35 GA, .920 save %)
Gladiator Hockey Best Defensive Forward: Ben Holmstrom, UMass-Lowell
Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award: New Hampshire Wildcats
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