April 26, 2007
Fairfield, CT - Former Boston Bruin Rick Middleton shared his experiences from a 15-year NHL career with a packed ballroom at the annual men's ice hockey banquet on Thursday, April 19th at Great River Golf Club. The evening also included the presentation of team awards and a raffle of selected hockey prizes.
Middleton told stories from his professional career that included stints with the Bruins and New York Rangers. He was a multi-time NHL All-Star and award winner and played with such all-time greats as Wayne Gretzky. Despite his outstanding playing career, Middleton told the crowd that his fondest memories came in 2002 when he coached the USA Sled Hockey team to a gold medal in the Paralympic games.
In addition to the speech by Middleton, the team presented their outstanding achievement awards. Senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) was named the team MVP for the second straight year. He led the team in scoring and was named first team All-Atlantic Hockey. Freshman Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) won the Rookie of the Year award after leading all SHU newcomers in scoring with 22 points, 11 goals and 11 assists.
Sophomore Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) was the Most Improved Player. After missing nearly a one-and-a-half seasons because of injury, Ferraro worked his way back into the line-up and eventually on to the top powerplay unit. Senior Drew Sanders (Modesto, CA) was the recepient of the community service award for his participation in numerous service events during his career.
Junior Nick Kary (Wetaskiwin, AB) was the winner of the Peter Downey Award, given to the person who best exemplifies the philosophy of Pioneer Hockey, which is to strive for excellence on the ice, in the classroom and in the community.