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Camels Officially Wrap Up 2009-2010 Season with Annual Banquet

2009-2010 Connecticut College Men´s Hockey Team Award Winners: Dawson Luke ´13, Ryan Joyce ´10, Greg Parker ´10, J.J. McGregor ´12, Jake Colby ´13 and Ryan Riffe ´11
2009-2010 Connecticut College Men´s Hockey Team Award Winners: Dawson Luke ´13, Ryan Joyce ´10, Greg Parker ´10, J.J. McGregor ´12, Jake Colby ´13 and Ryan Riffe ´11
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College Head Men´s Hockey Coach Jim Ward hosted the program´s annual breakup banquet Sunday afternoon in the 1941 Room of the College Center at Crozier-Williams. The six members of the Class of 2010 were honored for their achievement and awarded with game jerseys. Ward also saluted each of the undergraduate classes for the work they put in on the ice and in the classroom throughout the past year. At the conclusion of the banquet, Ward introduced the leadership team that will carry the program forward for the 2010-2011 season. Rising seniors Joe Capuano (Melrose, Mass.) and Ryan Riffe (South Berwick, Maine) will serve as co-captains while Thomas Regan ´12 (South Boston, Mass.) will hold the title of assistant captain for the Camels. Ward also introduced the end of season award winners. For the second straight year, Greg Parker (Trenton, Ontario) was honored as the Team Most Valuable Player with the Brayton Cup. The cup is awarded in honor of the late John Brayton ´82, the team's MVP in the 1978-79 season. Brayton was a talented goalie, setting the school record for saves in a game (75 vs. Iona in 1979) and inspiring his teammates with his flamboyant style and fierce competitiveness. Parker was also honored with a commemorative plaque in recognition of his program record 2,622 saves. The Coaches Award was presented to senior defenseman Ryan Joyce (Dorchester, Mass.), who amassed 48 points on 10 goals and 38 assists while providing a positive presence for the Camels as a leader in the locker-room and on the road. Ryan Riffe was recognized with the Team Sportsmanship Award and has been honored on the 2010 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team. Freshman Jake Colby (Ellicott City, Md.) was named the unsung hero. Colby made a seamless transition from his role as a reserve, stepping into the defensive rotation mid-season and making immediate contributions against SUNY-Oswego, the top ranked team in the country. Sophomore J.J. McGregor (Wichita, Kan.) was honored as the Most Improved Player. Ward commended McGregor for his fierce and gritty style of play. McGregor augmented his offensive production by eight points between his freshman and sophomore year, finishing with 11 points on seven goals and four assists in 2009-2010. Freshman Dawson Luke (Wellesley, Mass.) was honored as the Rookie of the Year. Luke emerged as one of the team´s top defenders, appearing in 22 games for Connecticut College.

March 31, 2010

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