BOSTON – On Monday, Feb. 6, the Gridiron Club of Boston announced the 23 semifinalists for the 65th Walter Brown Award. Freshman defenseman Adam Fox, junior goaltender Merrick Madsen and senior forward Sean Malone represented the Crimson on list and were three of five ECAC selections.
The Walter Brown Award is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. The nation's oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor, the Walter Brown Award was established in 1953 by the members of the 1933 Massachusetts Rangers, the first American team ever to win the World Championship Tournament.
Malone and Fox were both selected as Hobey Baker Award candidates last week and Madsen was named to the Richter Award watch list prior to the season.
Malone, a native of West Seneca, New York, is leading the Crimson in goals with 13 and ranks 26th nationally in points per game at 1.18. His 26 points in one shy of the team-lead.
Fox, a Jericho, New York native, is a frontrunner for conference Rookie of the Year, as he leads all defensemen in the nation with points per game at 1.19 and is third among all freshmen. His 1.10 assists per game mark ranks second among all Division I skaters. Fox also earned a gold medal with Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Canada last month.
Madsen ranks in the top-20 in goals against and save percentage among all goaltenders nationally. His 2.20 GAA slots him 15th, while his .918 save percentage is good for 19th. The Acton, California native has started every game in net for the Crimson this season, boasting a .727 win percentage (15-5-2). This marks the second year in a row Madsen has been named a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award.
The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 65th Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play. The award will be presented to the winner at the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner on April 11.
Harvard student-athletes have won 12 Walter Brown Awards, including the last two by Jimmy Vesey '16.