ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced its men’s All-Decade Team made up of former student-athletes from nine different schools. Yann Danis ’04 (Lafontaine, QUE) represents Brown on the team, earning First Team All-Decade honors.
Cornell leads the way with three former alumni on the two teams, followed by Harvard and St. Lawrence with two former players each represented on the 13-player list. A committee made up of coaches, media members, and league administrators selected the group recognizing distinguished play of student-athletes in the league from the 1999-00 season thru the 2008-09 season.
In a breakthrough 2003–04 campaign, Danis posted a 15–11–4 record along with a 1.81 goals-against average and .942 save percentage that ranked third and second in the nation, respectively. On the strength of those numbers and a season that helped lead Brown to its best ECAC Hockey finish since 1995, Danis ended the year under a shower of accolades, including finishing in the 2004 “Hobey Hat Trick” for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Danis was also a First Team Jofa All-American, earning All-America honors for the second time in his career. The ECAC Hockey Player and Goalie of the Year, Danis also earned INCH.Com First Team All-America honors, All-USCHO First Team honors, and New England Hockey Writers Association All-Star honors. In addition, Danis was named the INCH.Com Goaltender of the Year, the USCHO Defensive Player of the Year, and the New England Hockey Writers Association Leonard Fowle Award recipient, which goes to the MVP of New England. The Ivy League Player of the Year, Danis and the Bears rolled through the season, with Danis setting ECAC Hockey records for single-season save percentage (.948) and career shutouts (13), and tying Kevin McCabe ('77) for the most career wins by a Bears’ goaltender with 43.
Leading the defense is Cornell’s Doug Murray. The former Swedish born student-athlete received many accolades while donning the Big Red jersey. Murray was a two-time first-team All-American, a two-time first-team ECAC Hockey selection, and a finalist for the 2002 for the Hobey Baker Award. Playing in 127 games for Cornell, Murray recorded 24 goals and added 60 assists.
Joining Murray on the blueline is Harvard standout Noah Welch. The Brighton, MA native was a first-team All-American as a senior in 2004-05 and a second-team pick in 2003-04. Welch earned first-team all-ECAC Hockey honors in 2004-05 and second-team honors in 2003-04 as well. He registered 76 points on 23 goals and 53 assists in 129 career games. The former Crimson captain played on two ECAC Hockey title-winning teams (2002, 2004) and two ECAC Hockey runners-up teams (2003, 2005).
The talented list of forwards on the All-Decade’s first-team includes Jeff Hamilton of Yale. The all-time scoring leader for the Bulldogs netted 80 goals and added 93 helpers for 173 points in 127 games for the Elis. Hamilton was a two-time Hobey Baker Award finalists and a three-time first-team all-ECAC Hockey selection.
Joining Hamilton at the forward position is Lee Stempniak from Dartmouth. The Big Green’s scoring leader for three consecutive years, Stempniak racked up over 35 points in all three seasons, while leading Dartmouth’s offense. The former first-team All-American (2003-04) ranks ninth on the Big Green’s career goal scoring chart with 63, third all-time in the assists with 88, and fourth in overall career scoring with 151. The team captain was also named Dartmouth’s MVP for three years in a row and was the ECAC Hockey’s top scorer in the 2004-05 season.
The final forward on the first-team All-Decade squad is T.J.
Trevelyan from St. Lawrence. Known as a prolific scorer during his
time in Canton, Trevelyan netted 78 goals (5th-all-time at St.
Lawrence) and added 76 assists for 154 career points. He was a
former Hobey Baker Award finalist and a two-time first-team
all-league member in 2005 and 2006, as well as being named the ECAC
Hockey Player of the Year in 2006.
The second-team All-Decade Team was led by netminder David LeNeveu who guided the Cornell Big Red to a Frozen Four (2003) after the team topped the national polls all year long. He set a Cornell record for shutouts that year, topping legendary goalie Ken Dryden.
Joining LeNeveu on the second-team are a trio of defensemen Kent Huskins, Clarkson, Reid Cashman, Quinnipiac, and Drew Bagnall, St. Lawrence. Huskins, a former Green and Gold standout, enjoyed a stellar 2001 season, where he won the league’s Best Defensive Defenseman Award, and was named both an All-American and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Cashman was a three-time All-American at Quinnipiac, who holds the Bobcats record for career assists with 125. Bagnall, the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year in 2007, amassed 73 points during his career in Canton.
Andy McDonald, Colgate, Dominic Moore, Harvard, and Matt Moulson from Cornell each earned second-team All-Decade honors. McDonald is a former ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, who accumulated 155 points (67g-88a) in 137 games for the Raiders. Moore, a former Crimson captain, was selected as a first-team All-American in 2002-03 and ranks 11th all-time on the Harvard career points list with 147. Moulson finished his career at Cornell with 138 points on 71 goals and 67 assists. He was twice named to the NCAA regional tournament team in both 2004 and 2005.
1999-00 thru 2008-09 ECAC HOCKEY ALL-DECADE SELECTIONS
Forward – Jeff Hamilton, Yale (1996-2001)
Forward – Lee Stempniak, Dartmouth (2001-2005)
Forward – T.J. Trevelyan, St. Lawrence (2002-2006)
Defense – Doug Murray, Cornell (1999-2003)
Defense – Noah Welch, Harvard (2001-2005)
Goalie – Yann Danis, Brown (1999-2004)
Forward – Andy McDonald, Colgate (1996-2000)
Forward – Dominic Moore, Harvard (1999-2003)
Forward – Matt Moulson, Cornell (2002-2006)
Defense – Drew Bagnall, St. Lawrence (2003-2007)
Defense – Reid Cashman, Quinnipiac (2003-2007)
Defense – Kent Huskins, Clarkson (1997-2001)
Goalie – David LeNeveu, Cornell (2001-2003)
Pictured: Yann Danis ’04. Photo by DSPics.net