April 15, 2012
Senior forward Barry Almeida, junior defenseman Brian Dumoulin and junior goaltender Parker Milner shared the Norman F. Dailey award as Boston College's Most Valuable Players and each senior - Almeida, captain Tommy Cross, alternate captain Paul Carey, forward Tommy Atkinson, defenseman Edwin Shea, manager Samson Lee and manager Chris Malloy - were honored at the 63rd annual Pike's Peak Club awards banquet that celebrated the Eagles' national-championship and 33-win season on Sunday at the Westin hotel in Waltham, Mass.
Almeida, an East All-America second-team honoree, tallied a career-high 40 points - 22 goals and 18 assists. Dumoulin, an East All-America first-team selection for the second straight season, registered 28 points - seven goals and 21 assists - and a team-high +27 rating. Milner, the Most Outstanding Player at both the NCAA Frozen Four as well as the NCAA Northeast Regional, went 29-5-0 with school records for goals against average (1.66) and save percentage (.937).
Paul Carey and Tommy Cross shared the John "Snooks" Kelley Memorial Award as the individuals who best typifies Boston College hockey.
Kelley served as team manager for three years before becoming a "playing manager" in his senior year in 1928. He assumed coaching duties at his alma mater in 1932 and led the program right up until his retirement after the 1971-72 season. Kelley became the first coach in college hockey history to surpass the 500-victory plateau. He finished his career with a 501-243-15 mark.
Carey registered 30 points - 18 goals and 22 assists - in 44 games this winter. The Weymouth, Mass., resident concluded his 147-game collegiate career with 86 points - 45 goals and 41 assists.
Cross registered 24 points - five goals and 19 assists - in 44 games in 2011-12. The Simsbury, Conn., native concludes his 134-game career with 60 points - 17 goals and 43 assists.
Manager Samson Lee and goaltender Chris Venti shared the William J. Flynn Coaches Award, decided upon by head coach Jerry York and his staff. Flynn, class of 1939, was a former BC student-athlete, faculty member, coach and served as Director of Athletics from 1957-90.
Junior forward Chris Kreider earned the team's Most Improved Player award that is named for James E. Tiernan, the 1956 Beanpot MVP. Kreider, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound forward, led the team in scoring this season with 45 points - 23 goals and 22 assists.
Johnny Gaudreau earned the Bernie Burke Outstanding Freshman Award, named in honor of the former BC goalie and long-time freshman coach. Gaudreau, a 5-foot-8, 150-pound forward, registered 44 points - 21 goals and 23 assists - in 44 games. Gaudreau was previously named USCHO.com's rookie of the year.
Cross also captured the Academic Excellence Award as the senior with the highest grade point average and Edwin Shea was also recognized with the Academic Achievement Award.
Boston College finished the 2011-12 season with a 33-10-1 record. The Eagles captured the Beanpot title, the Hockey East regular-season crown, the Lamoriello Trophy as the league's tournament champions the NCAA Division I Championship.
Pike's Peak is the program's booster organization that also recognized the 25th anniversary team of 1986-87 and the 50th anniversary team of 1961-62.
Fr. Jack Harrington `79 delivered the invocation and Fr. Tony Penna `70 delivered the benediction.
Pike's Peak Club President Barry Hynes `85 opened and closed the program and Tom Burke `71 served as the Master of Ceremony.
Jerry York '67 saluted every hockey Eagle who has ever worn the sweater, thanked the players' parents, recognized his staff, implored his players to complete their degrees and recognized Fr. J. Donald Monan, S.J. in his closing remarks.
Presenting the awards were former Eagles: Mark Riley `75, Lee Blossom '83, John Hegarty '94, Cheryl Duddy Schoenfeld '87, Richard Schoenfeld '74 and Ken Ryan '09.