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Colorado College hockey hands out annual team awards

April 2, 2017 Updated: April 2, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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Colorado College's Alex Leclerc makes a save against Air Force in the first period on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the World Arena. Photo by Spotlight Sports Photography.

Freshman goalie Alex Leclerc was named as the Tigers’ Most Valuable Player at the annual Colorado College hockey awards luncheon on Sunday at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel.

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 (teammates' respect) awards.

Volunteer goalie coach Matt Zaba delivered the best line of the luncheon, which was attended by about 250 people, before handing out the top freshman award to Leclerc.

“There were some times this season when I wondered if it was possible to fire the volunteer goalie coach,” he said after referring to Leclerc's November struggles.

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.

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