AFA announces honorees
Air Force hockey defenseman Dylan Abood was the only multiple winner at the Falcons annual team awards banquet on Sunday night.
The junior received the Atlantic Hockey Conference program's award for his dedication, leadership and character, the honor for strength training improvement and shared the scholar-athlete laurel with senior co-captain Johnny Hrabovsky.
The Most Valuable Player Award went to sophomore goalie Shane Starrett, who underwent right shoulder surgery last week, while sophomore defenseman Dan Bailey was named most improved.
The top freshman award went to forward Brady Tomlak while senior winger Tyler Rostenkowski was named most inspirational. The defensive player of the year was junior defenseman Phil Boje.
Coach Frank Serratore's 20th season at the academy was recognized before about 200 players, alumni and fans at the Great Wolf Lodge.
He praised his assistants and players over the past two decades.
"You don't last this long without great people around you," Serratore said. "I just bring calm and good looks to this group and stay the hell out of the way."
CC hands out team awards
Freshman goalie Alex Leclerc was named as the Tigers' Most Valuable Player at the annual Colorado College hockey awards luncheon Sunday afternoon.
Leclerc and senior Luc Gerdes were the only two-time winners following a 8-24-4 season that saw the Tigers finish in last place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference for the third straight year.
Leclerc also garnered the Bob Johnson Award for top freshman. Gerdes received the sportsmanship and Scott Winkler Award (teammates' respect) before a crowd of about 200 at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel.
Senior captain Sam Rothstein, who now plays for the ECHL's Rapid City Rush, received the Steve Ebert Award (dedication, desire, ability) while sophomore Mason Bergh received the M.B. Hopper Award as leading scorer.
Defensemen Cole Josefchak (academics) and Cole McCaskill (most improved) were also feted along with Rick Greene with the Jodi Brandner Award for dedicated fans.
Abood was named as captain of the 2017-18 Falcons squad with Boje and forwards Erik Baskin and Tyler Ledford as his assistants. . CC junior defenseman and Predators draft pick Teemu Kivihalme remains undecided if he will return for his senior season. ... The Tiger coaches have yet to meet with injured goalie Jacob Nehama about his future. . CC's player leadership will be announced this summer.
JOE PAISLEY, THE GAZETTE