Apr 6, 2014 8:28 PM by Posted by Greg Smith
COLORADO SPRINGS - Freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin (Erie, CO), who led Colorado College with 25 points (5g,20a) this season, was named recipient of three major team awards at the hockey team's season-ending brunch at the Marriott Hotel on Sunday.
The annual event celebrated a 2013-14 campaign in which the Tigers made their debut as members of the fledgling National Collegiate Hockey Conference and reclaimed possession of the coveted Gold Pan by posting a winning record in four meetings with the University of Denver.
Slavin, Rookie of the Year in the NCHC and a second-team all-conference selection, was voted winner of the Thayer Tutt Award honoring CC's most valuable player in addition to the earning Bob Johnson Award as Freshman of the Year and the M.B. Hopper Award as top scorer.
Senior defenseman and team captain Eamonn McDermott (Shaker Heights, OH) joined Slavin in garnering multiple accolades. McDermott was co-recipient of both the Paul Markovich Award recognizing the program's top student-athlete and the Rodman Award presented each year to a relatively unheralded player demonstrating the highest degree of sportsmanship. He shared the former with senior left wing Alexander Krushelnyski (Bloomfield Hills, MI) for the second consecutive season and the latter, founded in 1980 by Dr. Hugh Rodman and his wife Crete, with senior center Jeff Collett (Calgary, AB).
Senior winger Michael Morin (Plymouth, MN) took home the first Scott Winkler Award citing his "humility, optimism and support," and created in memory of the former Tiger who passed away unexpectedly last June after completing his senior season. Senior goaltender Josh Thorimbert (Saskatoon, SK), who started 36 of Colorado College's 37 games, claimed the Steve Ebert Award - revering a combination of dedication, desire, ability and sportsmanship - while junior winger Scott Wamsganz (Anchorage, AK) accepted the Dave Peterson Award as the team's most improved player.
Victoria Thomas, a student statistician with the hockey program the last three years, was recognized as winner of the Joni Brandner Memorial Award. That award, initiated in 2002, is presented annually to individuals who have given their heart and soul through dedication to Tiger Hockey.