The following players are recognized for exceptional seasons at the Division II level. Keep in mind these players are selected based on regular season play not post season performance. Due to number of teams and the talent spread, I've decided to select two teams of 3 Forwards, 2 Defensemen and 1 Goalie. Check back tomorrow for DI's Honorable Mention.
|Milford's Zach White had an incredible career notching over 200 points.|
SKATER OF THE YEAR: Zach White, Sr. (Milford Co-op)
GOALIE OF THE YEAR: Chase Briggs, Sr. (Daniel Hand)
DEFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN OF THE YEAR: Conor Scharlop, Sr. (Fairfield Co-op)
OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN OF THE YEAR: Colin Bernard, Jr. (Trinity Catholic)
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Will McEwan (North Branford)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Ken Smith (Trinity Catholic)
RYAN BRENNAN ALL HEART AWARD: Joe Cullinan (Wilton)
Wilton captain Cullinan always stood out in terms of compete level. A described "rink rat", Cullinan will bring that work ethic to the Marines. A teammate described Joe as "A person with true character, a leader, and someone who will always be there for others." Joey, you should be commended as a man and a leader and I wish you all the best.
Ryan Brennan All Heart Award given out each year to players at all three divisions. Brennan, a Fairfield Prep Jesuit lost a two year battle with cancer in February 2011. It was suggested by Prep players last season that we honor the life of Ryan with this annual award given out to players who exhibit excellence on and off the ice.
DII FIRST TEAM
Hackett had a fine season for a strong Hornets squad. Without fellow junior Tyler Criscuolo for large parts of the season, Hackett, often injured, performed admirably, never taking a shift off. He finished the year with 62 points (30 G, 32 A).
White has been the back bone to Milford Co-op each of the last two seasons. He double shifts nearly every game, plays in all phases and can make defensemen look down right silly. A 200 point career scorer, White notched his third straight 50+ point season finishing with 48 regular season points (30 G, 18 A). White also posted 8 points (5 G, 3 A) in three tournament games.
Speed, speed and more speed. Shea simply blows by the opposition. Similarly to Hackett, Shea's Spartans were dealt a potentially lethal blow when senior captain Keating Seymour went down with a collar bone injury. Shea with help from Brett McNeil and Kevin Ryan took charge. Shea finished with 12 points in four games during Amity's tournament run and finished the regular season with 56 points (31 G, 25 A).
Uscilla defines a defensive leader. His offensive numbers will never jump off the page but his game management is top notch. Uscilla will be sorely missed on the blue line for the Spartans. His competency allowed the Spartans' top line to flourish.
Speaking of dependable, no one at the D2 level has had such a dependable career as Scharlop. For coach Mark Pettorini leaning on Scharlop has been something special. Scharlop is probably a more well rounded D-man than Uscilla with way more offensive upside but it would be fun to see these two paired together. Great career for this young man.
Selfishly, I'll miss watching Briggs man the pipes. His at times unorthodox means of stopping a puck always made him stand out in a crowd. Few goalies at any level in the state could change games the way Briggs could. Briggs posted three shutouts this year and a 2.37 GAA.
DII SECOND TEAM
F Ben Solin, Jr. (Daniel Hand)
F Jake King, Jr. (Suffield-Granby-WL)
F Dan Roberts, Sr. (Newington-Berlin)
D Brian O'Connell, Sr. (East Catholic)
D Hunter Byram, Sr. (BCR)
G AJ Brink, Jr. (Branford)