Max Everson (left) and Kyle Criscuolo (right) pose with head coach Ted Donato at Saturday's banquet (Photo: Harvard Men's Hockey).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Defenseman Max Everson and forward Kyle Criscuolo were named captains of the 2014-15 Harvard men's hockey team, the 122nd and 123rd captains in team history, as the squad gathered for its annual awards banquet Saturday at the Harvard Club of Boston. The team also handed out its annual awards at the gathering.
Harvard will feature co-captains for the first time since the 2010-11 season, when Michael Del Mauro and Christopher Huxley both donned the "C" on their jerseys. With Everson as a captain, it will be the 12th consecutive season the Crimson will have a defenseman leading the squad. Criscuolo, who will be a junior next season, is Harvard's first junior captain in over half a century, as the last non-senior to serve was William Ayers '47 in 1945-46. Everson and Criscuolo will be Harvard's seventh pair of captains in the history of the program.
Four team awards were also handed out Saturday. The John Tudor Memorial Cup, presented to Harvard's most valuable player, went to sophomore forward Jimmy Vesey. Freshman Sean Malone took home the George Percy Award as the team's top rookie, and Criscuolo earned the Ralph "Cooney" Weiland Award for devotion to the game for the second straight season. Freshman Victor Newell was awarded the Donald Angier Hockey Trophy as Harvard's most improved player.
Vesey lead the Crimson in points in 2013-14, totaling 22 on a team-high 13 goals and nine assists. He earned his second All-Ivy accolade in as many years, leading the team in goals for the second straight season. His five game-winning goals ranked tied for first in the ECAC and tied for seventh nationally, and he also held a share of the team lead in power-play goals with four. Vesey was also named a Walter Brown Award candidate for the second consecutive season. It is the second Harvard team award of his career after taking home the George Percy Award in his first year at Harvard.
Malone became the 13th Harvard skater in program history to collect Ivy Rookie of the Year honors, and it marked the second straight season a Harvard skater has received the honor with Vesey earning the title in 2012-13. The top-scoring freshman on the team, Malone amassed 20 points on six goals and 14 assists in his inaugural collegiate season, playing in all 31 games for the Crimson. He recorded the longest point streak on the team at five games and also had a team-high two short-handed scores on the year.
Criscuolo showed a nose for the net as well this season, finishing second on the team with 11 goals and 20 total points. He tied with Vesey for the team lead in power-play goals with four and was one of just five players to play every game for the Crimson this season. He compiled seven multi-point games during the 2013-14 campaign.
Newell started the season as a reserve defenseman and finished as one of Harvard's top scoring threats from the blue line. The freshman suited up for 15 games in his inaugural campaign and tallied 10 points (two goals and eight assists), giving him the second-highest points-per-game average on the team behind Vesey. He recorded his first collegiate goal and assist in the same game, a 7-4 win over Boston University Jan. 4.