Braun, Marcou, Wellman Earn Hockey East All-Star Honors
March 19, 2010
BOSTON - UMass' Justin Braun, James Marcou and Casey Wellmen were each named to Hockey East All-Star Teams as announced by the league on Thursday night. Braun earned First-Team honors, while Marcou was named to the Second-Team. Wellman was named to the Honorable Mention Team. This comes a day after Braun was named the Hockey East Old Time Hockey Defensive Defenseman. The trio were honored alongside the other members of the 2009-10 All-Star Teams at the Hockey East Banquet on Thursday night.
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.
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.
Marcou led UMass in scoring for the third straight season after posting 11 goals and a school single-season record 40 assists. His 51 points were the fourth most in program history for a season, while his 96 career assists is a new UMass record.
He finished the season tied for fourth nationally in points per game and first in assists per game. In Hockey East, Marcou ranked second in points, second in assists and first in power play points (4-22-26)
In 111 career games, the native of Kings Park, New York scored 34 goals and added 96 assists.
For much of the year, Marcou led the nation in points and assists and was a front-runner for the Hobey Baker Award. The assistant captain was a two-time nominee for the award and a three-time nominee for the Walter Brown Award.
In 2008-09, he was named to the New England Hockey Writers All-Star Team, the Hockey East All-Star First Team, the Hockey East All-Academic Team, and was named UMass Co-MVP with Braun. He became the first-ever UMass player to finish the year as the Hockey East scoring champion alongside Colin Wilson of Boston University.
As a rookie in 2007-08, Marcou earned Hockey East All-Rookie Team, Hockey East All-Academic Team, and UMass Rookie of the Year honors.
In 2009-10, Wellman led UMass with 23 goals (11 on the power play) and ranked second in points. His 45 points is the 11th-best single-season effort in UMass history, while his 11 power play goals is a new school record for a season. His 23 goals are tied for 6th-best in a single season and he is the first player since Greg Mauldin (2002-03) to score 20-or-more goals in a season.
Nationally, his 45 points were 14th overall, while he ranked sixth in power play goals (11) and sixth in game-winning goals (5). In Hockey East, Wellman ranked fourth in points, third in goals, 12th in assists, fifth in power play points (11-9-20), first in power play goals, and first in game-winning goals.
In 75 career games, Wellman posted 34 goals, 44 assists and a plus-5 rating with 70 PIMs.
In 2008-09, Wellman was selected to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team after leading the league in rookie scoring. He was also named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team and was named the UMass Rookie of the Year.