Vesey, Blackwell Collect Awards from New England Hockey Writers

Vesey, Blackwell Collect Awards from New England Hockey Writers

Vesey (left) and Blackwell will be honored at the annual banquet April 13 (Gil Talbot).

BOSTON – Senior forwards Jimmy Vesey and Colin Blackwell have been recognized by the New England Hockey Writers for their outstanding play and contributions to Harvard hockey. Vesey received the Leonard Fowle Award as the Most Valuable Player, as well as the Herb Gallagher Award as the best forward, while Blackwell garnered the Joe Tomasello Award as the Unsung Hero.

The honor for Vesey comes one day after he was named a Hobey Hat Trick Finalist for the second-straight year. Friday's announcement adds to the extended list of honors the North Reading, Massachusetts native has earned during his Crimson career. Late last week, Vesey was honored as the Walter Brown Award winner for the second consecutive season, honoring New England's best American-born Division I college hockey player. He is also a two-time Player of the Year in the ECAC and the Ivy League, as well as being selected as a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.

Vesey leaves Harvard as one of the most prolific scorers in program history. He is one of just five players to don the Crimson sweater to score 80 goals in their career, while his 144 points is tied for 12th all-time with Ted Donato '91, the current Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey.

Blackwell was recognized with the Tomasello Award after completing his enduring career in Cambridge this season. The North Andover, Massachusetts native battled injuries throughout his career, including missing the entire 2013-14 season, as well as much of the 2014-15 campaign, before returning to spark the Crimson offense in the playoffs. In 11 games at the end of that season, Blackwell potted five goals and added an assist to help Harvard reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine seasons. He was granted a fifth-year of eligibility this season and went on to match his career-best in points with 19, which he set his freshman year. Throughout his entire career, Blackwell was a solid contributor to the Crimson, on and off the ice.

Vesey and Blackwell will both be honored at the annual New England Hockey Writers Banquet April 13.

ALL-STAR GOALTENDERS
Kevin Boyle, Sr., Manalapan, N.J. (UMass Lowell)
Thatcher Demko, Jr., San Diego, Calif. (Boston College)
Alex Lyon, Jr., Baudette, Minn. (Yale)

ALL-STAR DEFENSEMEN
Matt Grzelyck, Sr., Charlestown, Mass. (Boston University)
Rob O'Gara, Sr., Nesconset, N.Y. (Yale)
Devon Toews, Jr., Abbotsford, British Columbia (Quinnipiac)
Jake Walman, So., Toronto, Ontario (Providence)

ALL-STAR FORWARDS
Sam Anas, Jr., Potomac, Md. (Quinnipiac)
Ryan Fitzgerald, Jr., North Reading, Mass. (Boston College)
Mark Jankowski, Sr., St. Catherines, Ontario (Providence)
Danny O'Regan, Sr., Needham, Mass. (Boston University)
Andrew Poturalski, So., Williamsville, N.Y. (New Hampshire)
Jimmy Vesey, Sr., North Reading, Mass. (Harvard)

CLARK HODDER AWARD – DIVISION I COACH OF THE YEAR
Jim Madigan (Northeastern)

LEONARD FOWLE AWARD – MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Jimmy Vesey, Sr., North Reading, Mass. (Harvard)

GEORGE C. CARENS AWARD – ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Colin White, Fr., Hanover, Mass. (Boston College)

HERB GALLAGHER AWARD – BEST FORWARD
Jimmy Vesey, Sr., North Reading, Mass. (Harvard)

BOB MONAHAN AWARD – BEST DEFENSEMAN
Matt Grzelyck, Sr., Charlestown, Mass. (Boston University)

PAUL HINES AWARD – MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Zach Aston-Reese, Jr., Staten Island, N.Y. (Northeastern)

FRANK JONES AWARD – MOST DEFENSIVE FORWARD
Carson Cooper, Sr., Bow Island, Alberta (Yale)

JOE TOMASELLO AWARD – UNSUNG HERO
Colin Blackwell, Sr., North Andover, Mass. (Harvard)

PARKER / YORK AWARD – CONTRIBUTION TO NEW ENGLAND HOCKEY
Travis Roy