BOSTON – The Harvard men's hockey team gathered at the Harvard Club in downtown Boston Monday night for its annual year-end banquet celebrating the 2015-16 season. The team distributed its four awards, and announced that rising seniors Alexander Kerfoot and Devin Tringale will serve as captains for the 2016-17 season.
Kerfoot and Tringale are the 126th and 127th captains in Harvard hockey's 118 year history. Next season will also mark the third consecutive year that Harvard has been led by dual captains.
The awards portion of the night was highlighted by senior Kyle Criscuolo receiving the Ralph "Cooney" Weiland Award for devotion to the game for the fourth year in a row. Criscuolo has served as captain each of the last two seasons. He was the first junior captain since 1945-46 and is the fourth two-time captain in program history, the first since 1922-23. Criscuolo capped his Harvard career with 32 points this season, finishing second on the team with 19 goals. He is a two-time ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year and signed a professional contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, and affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, following the season.
Criscuolo's fellow co-captain, senior Jimmy Vesey, represented another repeat winner, as the newly-minted Hobey Baker winner was honored with the John Tudor Memorial Cup as Harvard's Most Valuable Player for the third straight year. Vesey is the first Hobey Baker winner from Harvard since 1989 and the fourth in program history. He finished the year with a team-best 24 goals and 46 points on his way to collecting the Walter Brown Award and the Ivy League and ECAC Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season.
For the second year in a row, a California native took home the Donald Angier Hockey Trophy, recognizing the most improved player, as sophomore goaltender Merrick Madsen was presented the award. Madsen posted an 18-7-3 record in his first season as the starter in net. His .931 save percentage ranked eighth in the nation, while his 2.00 GAA was good for 14th. The Acton, California native also recorded four shutouts.
Harvard's final award, the George Percy Award which recognizes the top rookie, was given to forward Ryan Donato. The Scituate, Massachusetts native finished the year with 13 goals and 21 points, good for third and fourth, respectively, on the Crimson roster. Donato also missed two games during the season while he competed for Team USA at the World Junior Championships, earning a bronze medal in Sweden.