LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Freshman defenseman Adam Fox has been named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year, as announced by the league office Friday, March 17. Fox and forward Alexander Kerfoot were selected to the All-ECAC Hockey first team, forward Ryan Donato was tabbed to the second team and goaltender Merrick Madsen earned a spot on the third team.
Fox was also recognized with a third honor, garnering a spot on the all-rookie team. He is just the sixth Harvard player to ever be recognized as the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and the first since 1997 when J.R. Prestifilippo won the award.
Already named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Fox has had a tremendous year for the Crimson blue line. His 27 assists lead the team, while his 1.14 points per game mark ranks first among all defensemen in the country and fifth among all freshmen. His 22 points during league games tied for the conference lead among all defensemen. His 19 assists ranked third and he was the only defenseman in the top eight in that category in the league. He won a gold medal at World Juniors with Team USA. He was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week Nov. 29.
Kerfoot, who was a finalist for the Player of the Year Award, is making his second-straight appearance on the all-conference team after being selected to the third team last year. The team-leader in points with 40 this season, Kerfoot was named a Hobey Baker Award Top-10 Finalist earlier this week. He has also already been honored as a first team All-Ivy League selection and is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.
The West Vancouver, British Columbia native and New Jersey Devils prospect is among the nation's leaders in points per game, averaging 1.29 each time out. During conference play, Kerfoot recorded 26 points (10g, 16a), ranking fourth. A co-captain this season, Kerfoot has been clutch for the Crimson, scoring four game-winning goals, most on a team that has won 24 games, its highest total since 1993-94. He enters the final weekend of the ECAC playoffs with 118 points and 82 assists. His 82 helpers ranks him 12th all-time in Harvard history.
Donato earned his first selection to an All-ECAC Hockey team this season. He was recognized as the Ivy League Player of the Year earlier this month. During ECAC Hockey games, Donato put up 29 points, the third-most in the league. His 14 goals ranked fourth in the league and his 15 assists tied for eighth. He had 18 total goals this season, tied for the most on the Crimson. His 0.58 goals per game average is tied for 15th in the nation.
Madsen, a first team All-Ivy selection, as well as a finalist for the Mike Richter Award and the Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year award, Madsen also earned his first All-ECAC Hockey honor. The ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month for February, Madsen ranked third in the conference in goals-against at 2.08 and fifth in save percentage at .920. Madsen posted a 16-4-2 record in ECAC games, the most wins in the league, helping Harvard clinch a share of the regular season title and the Cleary Cup. Nationally, Madsen ranks 19th in GAA at 2.22 and 25th in save percentage at .915. His 24 total wins is tied for the national lead with Denver's Tanner Jaillet.