Reasoner, Mottau Share Hockey's MVP Honors
April 23, 1998
BOSTON -- Junior center Marty Reasoner (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Deerfield Academy) and sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) shared the Norman F. Dailey Memorial Award as the 1997-98 Boston College hockey team's Most Valuable Player. The awards were presented at the 49th annual Boston College Pike's Peak Club Banquet at Lantana in Randolph, Mass.
Freshman forward Brian Gionta (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) and senior forward Jamie O'Leary (Needham, Mass./St. Sebastian's) were co-recipient of the John A. "Snooks" Kelley Memorial Award, given annually to the player(s) who best typifies Boston College hockey.
Junior forward Andy Powers (Arlington, Mass/Arlington) earned the James E. Tiernan Memorial Award as the team's Most Improved Player, while senior defenseman Ken Hemenway (Anchorage, Alaska/West) captured the William J. Flynn Coaches' Award.
Reasoner, who finished as the nation's top scorer with 69 points, was a Titan All-America first team selection, while Mottau and Gionta were Titan All-America second team selections. Mottau led the nation's defensemen with 48 points. Gionta was the country's top-scoring freshman with 57 points. Gionta also captured New England Hockey Writers' Rookie of the Year honors, following Reasoner (1995-96) and Mottau (1996-97) to become BC's third consecutive recipient.
O'Leary, a key member of the Eagles' penalty-killing unit, finished his senior season with 21 points and his career with 98 points. Powers gained the Most Improved Player honor after playing a major role on the team's explosive first line. After registering 21 points in his first two seasons on the Heights, Powers tallied 29 points in 41 games in 1997-98.
Hemenway was a defensive stalwart for the Eagles. He added 20 points in 42 games. The senior finished his collegiate career having played in 149 games, tied for fifth on the school's all-time games played list.
Led by head coach Jerry York, Boston College finished the 1997-98 season with a 28-9-5 record, capturing the HOCKEY EAST Tournament title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament's championship game. BC lost to Michigan, 3-2 in overtime, in the title contest.