HAMDEN, Conn. Senior Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.) became the first Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey player in school history to lead the nation in scoring after totaling 59 points over 39 games for a 1.51 points per game average. Leitch also led the nation with 47 assists at a 1.21 per game clip. Leitch was named to the ECAC Hockey Second Team this season while also being announced as a Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidate. This past weekend, Leitch participated in the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Competition, finishing second in the hardest-shot competition.
Leitch was the first player in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey to reach the 40- and 50-point marks this season while finishing the year as one of seven players in the nation to total 50 points for the year. Leitch finished four points of ahead of second-place scorer Colin Wilson, who totaled 55 points for Boston University, the 2009 NCAA Division I National Champion. The remaining 50-point scorers include Air Force's Jacques Lamoureux (53 points), Michigan's Aaron Palushaj (50), Boston University's Nick Bonino (50) and Mercyhurst's Steve Cameron (50) and Minnesota Duluth's MacGregor Sharp. Leitch's 47 assists were also nine more than Wilson's 38, making him the only player to break the 40-assist mark this season.
Leitch's 47 assists were the most for a single season in Quinnipiac men's ice hockey history, while his 59 points this year are the most for the program at the Division I level and third all-time. His 169 career points match Quinnipiac's Division I scoring record, while his 116 career assists rank second all-time at Quinnipiac.