PRINCETON - Brown sophomore defenseman Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) and senior tri-captain Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) have been selected to the 2010 Men's Ice Hockey All-Ivy team in a vote by the League's six head coaches. A Second Team honoree in 2009, Buvinow earned a spot on the First Team this season, while Volpatti was named Second Team All-Ivy.
One of the Bears' top defensemen, Buvinow is a solid two-way defender, while also serving as the anchor for the Bears' top power play unit. In 29 games this year, Buvinow has a career-high 21 points on six goals and 15 assists, also career-highs. One of six players to reach the 20-point plateau this year, Buvinow enters Brown's playoff series at RPI ranked fifth on the team in scoring. He has also scored two power play goals and one game-winning goal. In Ivy contests only, Buvinow led all defensemen in scoring with 13 points (3g, 10a). Buvinow made an impact last year, earning 17 points (3g, 14a) in all 33 of Brown's games, while finishing second on the team in scoring. His numbers last season earned him a spot in Brown's all-time top 10 for rookies. His 14 assists from 2008-09 rank 8th all-time and third all-time for assists among defensemen, his three goals rank fourth all-time for goals among defensemen, and his 17 points rank third all-time for points among defensemen. For his career, Buvinow has played in all 62 games and has posted 38 points on nine goals and 29 assists.
A dominant player in all situations, Volpatti was named Third Team All-ECAC earlier this week. He has played in all 29 games this season and enters Brown's First Round series at RPI ranked third on the team with 23 points (11g, 12a). All three of those numbers are new career-highs for the senior, passing his previous career-high for goals by five, his previous career-high for assists by five, and his previous career-high for points by 10. A top special teams player for the Bears, Volpatti also leads the team with five power play goals and two short-handed goals, in addition to leading the team with two game-winning goals. Volpatti is an aggressive player and currently leads the team with 29 penalties for 91 minutes, a mark that ranks fourth all-time at Brown. For his career, Volpatti has 53 points (26g, 27a), including nine power play goals, three short-handed goals, and three game-winning goals, in 115 games, a team-high. In addition, his 212 penalty minutes (74 penalties) is a mark that ranks 7th all-time at Brown.
Buvinow, Volpatti, and the rest of the team return to action this Friday when they being a best-of-three First Round series at RPI. The Bears finished in 11th place during the regular season and will face the sixth-place Engineers on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday if necessary. All games begin at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets for the series are available by calling Rensselaer's ticket office at 518-276-6262. Prices are $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for children and students.
League Men's Hockey Postseason
First Team All-Ivy
Forward - Blake Gallagher, Cornell
Forward - Colin Greening, Cornell
Forward - Sean Backman, Yale
Forward - Broc Little, Yale
Defense - Jeff Buvinow, Brown
Defense - Tom Dignard, Yale*
Goalie - Ben Scrivens, Cornell
Second Team All-Ivy
Forward - Aaron Volpatti, Brown
Forward - Dan Bartlett, Princeton
Forward - Mark Arcobello, Yale
Defense - Brendon Nash, Cornell
Defense - Taylor Fedun, Princeton
Goalie - Zane Kalemba, Princeton
Honorable Mention All-Ivy
Forward - Adam Estoclet, Dartmouth
Forward - Scott Fleming, Dartmouth
Forward - Riley Nash, Cornell
Forward - Louis Leblanc, Harvard
Defense - Evan Stephens, Dartmouth
Defense - Alex Biega, Harvard
Defense - Jody Pederson, Princeton
Goalie - Kyle Richter, Harvard
Player of the Year
Sean Backman, Yale
Rookie of the Year
Louis Leblanc, Harvard
* Unanimous selection