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Three Hockey Players Selected Semifinalists For Walter Brown Award

Feb. 16, 2011

Three Boston College hockey players - forward Cam Atkinson, forward Brian Gibbons and goaltender John Muse - have been selected as semifinalists for the 59th Walter Brown Award, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston recently announced.

The Walter Brown Award is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.

Gibbons, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound senior center, is making his second straight appearance on the list of semifinalists for the award. He has registered 35 points - 12 goals and a team-high 23 assists - in 28 games this winter. He leads all BC skaters with a +19 rating.

Atkinson, a 5-foot-8, 175-pound right wing, has recorded a team-high 36 points - 21 goals and 15 assists - in 28 games in 2010-11. He enters this weekend's home-and-home series against Northeastern ranked fifth among all collegiate players in goals per game. The Greenwich, Conn., resident, ranks second among Hockey East skaters with 18 goals in 21 conference games.

Muse, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, has started 23-of-28 games this winter. He is 19-4-0 with a 2.06 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. He is 14-3-0 with a 1.73 goals against average and a .941 save percentage in league play. The East Falmouth, Mass., native, leads all Hockey East goaltenders in wins, goals against average and save percentage.

The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play.

Boston College, which is 22-6-0 overall and 16-5-0 in league play, returns to action on Friday, Feb. 18 against Northeastern at 7 p.m.

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