April 22, 2009
The Brown men's ice hockey team held its annual season-ending banquet on Tuesday, April 14, 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 2007-2008 season, was awarded to senior assistant captain Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA). In addition, Vokes also received the Charles A. Lanigan Memorial Trophy (BHA Award), given to the player who best represents the hockey program both on and off the ice. A Second Team All-Ivy selection, Vokes also earned the Joe Tomasello Award, which is prenented by the New England Hockey Writers Association to the Unsung Hero in New England. The Bears leading scorer with 28 points (11g, 17a), Vokes was also an Academic All-Ivy selection as well as an ECAC All-Academic honoree for the third straight year. Vokes was Brown's most consistent offensive threat all season, posting at least one point in 18 of the Bears' 31 games. With 28 points on the season, he came close to matching his previous career total of 36 points in just one season. The top-line center for most of the year, Vokes was also among the leaders in both total faceoff wins (237) and winning percentage (.490). All season, Vokes was among the top scorers in the ECAC, finishing the year ranked 19th in points, 18th in assists, 3rd in power-play points (6g, 13a), and 6th in power-play goals. Off the ice, Vokes is also involved in the greater Brown community, having served as a TA for both Engineering 9 and 90 since 2006-2007 and the head TA for both classes this year. A member of SAAC since 2006-2007, Vokes is the co-chair of the Faculty Liaison Committee this year. He has also been a member of the Brown Investment Group since his sophomore year and has been a Peer Counselor since 2007.
Senior Sean Muncy (Chesterfield, MO) was awarded the Charles A. Robinson, Jr. Memorial Trophy for Academic Excellence, awarded annually to the letterman who has attained the highest degree of academic excellence over the first seven semesters. A three-time ECAC All-Academic selection, Muncy played in 28 games this season and finished with three assists. In 105 career games, Muncy totaled 29 points on 11 goals and 18 assists, including 17 points during the 2006-2007 season.
Senior Matt Palmer (Anchorage, AK) won 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. Palmer had a steady four-year career on the blueline for the Bears, contributing regularly in all situations. He played in all 33 games this past season and had two assists, matching his point-total from each of the previous two seasons. In 104 career games, Palmer posted six assists.
Freshman defenseman Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) and rookie goalie Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) were co-recipients of the Kevin R. Pope Memorial Trophy, given to the first year player who, in the eyes of his teammates, contributed most to the success of the team. Buvinow was named Second Team All-Ivy and ECAC All-Rookie after finishing the year as the Bears' second-leading scorer with 17 points (3g, 14a), while playing in all 33 games. Part of Brown's top defensive pairing, Buvinow also ran the point for the Bears top power-play unit. He finished the season ranked 11th in the ECAC with 13 power-play points (2g, 11a), 10th in scoring among defensemen, and 7th in rookie scoring. In addition, his 17 points is 3rd all-time at Brown for points in a season by a rookie defenseman, while his 14 assists is also 3rd all-time for assists in a season by a rookie defenseman. He also ranks 4th all-time at Brown for goals in a season by a rookie defenseman.
Clemente finished the year as Brown's top goalie, playing in 18 games and posting a .930 save percentage (3rd in the ECAC), a 2.67 goals against average (8th in the ECAC), and two shutouts. Both of his shutouts came in the same weekend, as he helped to lead Brown to a first-round sweep of Harvard in the ECAC Playoffs, becoming the first team to ever shut the Crimson out in back-to-back games and the first 12-seed to advance in the ECAC Tournament. Following the weekend, Clemente was named the Inside College Hockey Player of the Week, as he stopped all 86 shots he faced in the two games. In the Brown record books, his 2.67 GAA is 2nd all-time among rookie goalies, while his .930 save percentage is a new Brown record for freshman goalies. Overall, his 2.67 GAA is sixth all-time, while his .930 save percentage is third all-time.