April 21, 2003
The Brown men's ice hockey team held its annual season-ending banquet on Friday, April 18, and five different individuals were honored with team awards. The banquet, sponsored by the Brown Hockey Association, was held at the Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, RI.
Senior Owen Walter (Prince Albert, SASK) was 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. A defenseman, Walter is a Business Economics major and has earned ECAC All-Academic honors in 2002 and 2003.
The Charles A. Lanigan Memorial Trophy (BHA Award) is given the player who best represents the hockey program both on and off the ice. Senior Jason Wilson (LaSalle, ONT), who finished ninth on the team this year with 12 points, was the recipient. A right wing on Brown's top checking line, he completes his Brown career with 26 points (15g, 11a) in 107 games played.
Freshman forward Cory Caouette (Spruce Grove, ALB) 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. Caouette finished his rookie season with four points (1g, 3a) in 20 games, while leading the freshman class in both games played and in points.
The Patrick S. Jones Memorial Award (Coaches' Award), which is given to that member of the team who generates the most spark and enthusiasm in building team spirit, was presented to senior captain Tye Korbl (Barnstable, MA). A natural leader, the center finished the season as the eighth-leading scorer with 13 points (3g, 10a), while helping to lead Brown to their first trip to the ECAC Championship Tournament since 1994. Korbl missed just two games during his career, and broke the Brown record for games played in a career with 121.
The Class of 1936 Hockey Trophy, Brown's MVP for the 2002-2003 season, was awarded to junior goalie Yann Danis (Lafontaine, QUE), who is just the fourth player in Brown hockey history to earn this accolade more than once. One of the top goalies in the country, Danis etched his name in both the Brown and ECAC record books, setting Brown records for single season shutouts (5), career shutouts (8), and single season saves (1043). ECAC records include ECAC Tournament records for saves in a season (243 in 7 games), ECAC Tournament saves in a career (340 in 9 games). A Second Team All-Ivy and Second Team All-ECAC selection, Danis was also named to the ECAC All-Tournament team, the New England Hockey Writers Association All-Star Team, and a Third Team Inside College Hockey All-American.
Brown finished the year with a 16-14-5 record, and posted a winning season for the first time since 1995 when Bruno finished with a 15-12-5 ledger. 21 letterwinners return to next year's squad, Brown's 79th season of collegiate ice hockey.