James Marcou, Justin Braun Named To Hockey East All-Star Teams
March 20, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - After becoming the first ever Minuteman to lead the league in scoring, UMass sophomore winger James Marcou was named to the Hockey East All-Star First Team as announced by the league office on Wednesday night at the annual awards banquet. Junior defenseman Justin Braun earned All-Star Second Team honors after Casey Wellman was named to the All-Rookie Team on Wednesday.
Marcou becomes the first Minuteman since Marvin Degon in 2005-06 to earn first team honors. This was also the first season that UMass posted a player on both the first and second teams.
In Hockey East action, Marcou shared the scoring title with Boston University sophomore Colin Wilson as the duo each netted 35 points. Marcou had 11 goals and 24 assists in league play and finished the year with 15 goals, 32 assists. His 47 season points are tied for the fourth-best single season performance in UMass history and set a new Sophomore Class record.
For his career, the native of Kings Park, N.Y., has 23 goals and 56 assists in 75 career games. His 79 career points ranks 23rd all-time in UMass history, while his 56 assists ranks 14th overall.
A Hockey East All-Rookie Team selection in 2007-08, Marcou's 47 points this season ranks 12th overall nationally, while his assist total ranks sixth overall. He had 11 multi-point games this year. Against Northeastern, he tallied 3 goals and 8 assists in six games. He was a two-time league player of the week, three-time player of the month runner-up, two-time INCH National Player of the Week Runner-Up and a seven-time three-star of the game.
One of UMass' top defensive players, Braun is one of UMass' most versatile players spending time on UMass' top power play and penalty kill units in addition to his regular-shifts. An offensive defenseman, the native of Vadnais Heights, Minn., ranked fifth on the team with seven goals and 16 assists for the season. He finished the year with a plus-8 rating and took just 13 penalties for the year.
Braun ranked sixth among Hockey East defensemen for scoring and tied for ninth in power play points. He tallied five multi-point games and was a four-time three-star of the game selection. Between his regular defensive shifts and his time on special teams this year, Braun averaged just over 30 minutes of ice time per game.
This was the first league honor for Braun who is a 2007 NHL Draft Pick of the San Jose Sharks.
For his career, Braun has 15 goals and 42 assists in 114 games and has a plus-9 rating. This season, he tied his career high with 16 assists and had a career-best with his seven goals. He has suited up for every game of his career.
Brad Thiessen of Northeastern was a unanimous pick as the Reebok Player of the Year. Northeastern's Greg Cronin was named the league's CCM Coach of the Year, while Boston University's Kieran Millan was named the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Year.
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