MEN'S COLLEGE HOCKEY

March 16, 2012

MEN'S COLLEGE HOCKEY: Maine's Abbott collects honors

Black Bear makes Hobey Baker cut, tops Hockey East Player of Year vote

BY KEVIN THOMAS The Portland Press Herald

Forward Spencer Abbott received two prestigious accolades Thursday evening, being named the Hockey East Player of the Year, while also being included among the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, presented to the top Division I men's college hockey player.

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A BIG DEAL: Forward Spencer Abbott received two prestigious accolades Thursday evening, being named the Hockey East Player of the Year, while also being included among the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, presented to the top Division I men’s college hockey player.

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Abbott, a senior from Hamilton, Ontario, leads the nation in scoring with 59 points (20 goals and 39 assists).

Boston College junior defenseman Brian Dumoulin of Biddeford was also one of the 10 finalists.

The group of 10 players will be reduced to three on March 29. The winner will be announced April 6 in Tampa, the day before the national championship game.

Only two Maine players have won the Hobey Baker -- Scott Pellerin (1992) and Paul Kariya (1993).

Abbott became the first Black Bear to win the Hockey East top award since defenseman Chris Imes in 1995.

Abbott was also the lone unanimous selection to the All-Hockey East first team. He was joined on the first team by teammate and linemate Brian Flynn. The third member of Maine's touted top line, Joey Diamond, was named to the All-Hockey East second team.

Dumoulin was a repeat member on the first team.

Abbott's 59-point season ranks as one of Maine's best. Since Kariya's 100-point effort in 1993, only two Black Bears have recorded over 60 points - brother Steve Kariya (65) in 1999 and Gustav Nyquist (61) in 2010.

Coach of the Year. Norm Bazin of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell was named Coach of the Year after leading the River Hawks to a surprising second-place finish in the league standings in his first year.

Abbott's 59-point season ranks as one of Maine's best. Since Kariya's 100-point effort in 1993, only two Black Bears have recorded over 60 points -- brother Steve Kariya (65) in 1999 and Gustav Nyquist (61) in 2010.

In the national scoring race, Abbott finished ahead of Colgate's Austin Smith (36-20/56) and Minnesota-Duluth's Jack Connelly (18-38/56). Both were also named among the top 10 Hobey Baker finalists.

CORRECTION: This story was updated Friday, March 16 to reflect that two Maine players have won the Hobey Baker Award, not one.

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