April 14, 2006
The Brown men's ice hockey team held its annual season-ending banquet on Thursday, April 13, and five different individuals were honored with team awards. The banquet, sponsored by the Brown Hockey Association, was held at Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, MA.
The Class of 1936 Hockey Trophy, Brown's MVP for the 2005-2006 season, was awarded to sophomore Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI). An honorable mention All-Ivy selection, Prough led the Bears in every offensive category with 30 points, 17 goals, 13 assists, seven power-play goals, and two game-winning goals. He tallied at least one point in 21 of Brown's 32 games, including seven multiple point games and a seven-game point scoring streak (6g, 5a) to end the season. He was named to the ECACHL Honor Roll seven times throughout the season and is just the third sophomore at Brown to receive this award since its inception in 1957.
Seniors Kevin Kliman (Toronto, ONT) and Pete LeCain (Bridgewater, NS) were awarded the Charles A. Robinson, Jr. Memorial Trophy for Academic Excellence. The trophy is awarded annually to the letterman who has attained the highest degree of academic excellence over the first seven semesters. This year marks just the fourth time since 1966 that two people have shared the award. A goalie, Kliman is concentrating in Pre Medical Studies. LeCain, a defenseman, will earn his degree in English, focusing in Expository Writing this May. He has earned a spot on the ECACHL All-Academic squad in both 2005 and 2006.
LeCain also earned the Patrick S. Jones Memorial Award (Coaches' Award), which is given to that member of the team who best represented the team throughout the season by his commitment, attitude, and leadership. After playing in just three games over his first two seasons, LeCain finished his career playing in the final 65 consecutive games over the past two seasons. He finished his career with eight points (3g, 5a) in 68 games.
Senior co-captain Joe Bauer (Apple Valley, MN) was this year's recipient of the Charles A. Lanigan Memorial Trophy (BHA Award), given the player who best represents the hockey program both on and off the ice. Bauer finished this season with three assists to finish his career with 15 points (4g, 11a) in 97 games, having played in nearly every game over the past three seasons. A three-time selection to the ECACHL All-Academic Squad, Bauer also volunteers at the Providence Ronald McDonald House and is the men's ice hockey representative on the Brown Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Freshman forward Eric Slais (Fenton, MO) was selected as the Kevin R. Pope Memorial Trophy winner, given to the first year player who, in the eyes of his teammates, contributed most to the success of the team. Slais finished the season tied for sixth on the team with 12 points, and second overall with seven goals, including four power-play goals. He notched 11 of his 12 points in the second half of the year, including six points in a four-game span at the very end of the season, and was named to the ECACHL Honor Roll twice during the year.