Connor and Kellen Jones Named Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Most Valuable Players At Annual Awards Banquet
HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac sophomores Connor and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) were named as Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey's Most Valuable Players at the program's annual awards banquet at the University Club at the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday, April 21. Freshman stand-out Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) was named the program's Rookie of the Year, while assistant captain Mike Glaicar (Kamloops, British Columbia)was honored with the Coaches Award. Junior Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia), who was announced as the team's captain for 2012-13, was given the 7th Player Award while Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) earned the Academic Award after posting the team's highest grade-point average.
The Jones', twin brothers who came to Quinnipiac after leading the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) to the 2009 and 2010 Royal Bank Cup National Championships, put together a brilliant year playing together that ultimately resulted in the duo being named assistant captains for the 2012-13 season. Connor led the team with 41 points, on the strength of 13 goals and 28 assists, while Kellen finished with 14 goals and 22 assists for 36 points. The two were the only players in the Quinnipiac line-up to reach double figures in points and assists for the year. Connor was chosen as just the fourth player in Quinnipiac's ECAC Hockey history to earn all-league honors. Connor also became the first player to reach the 40-point plateau since Bryan Leitch in 2009 and also carried a team-best 12 multiple-point games.
Peca, who played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canadian Hockey League (CJHL) completed one of the historically great first seasons as a Bobcat after totalling a team-high 31 assists to go along with eight goals for 39 points, combining with Connor and Kellen Jones to give Quinnipiac its first 30-point trio since 2009-10. Peca was also named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie team, making him the first Bobcat to receive the honor since Brandon Wong in 2007, and just the third since Quinnipiac joined the league for the 2005-06 season. The 31-assist mark is also the second highest for a Quinnipiac freshman, trailing Brian Herbert's 32 assists in 1999-00. His 39 points are the most for a first-year player since Brandon Wong tallied 44 in 2006-07. Peca also became the first Quinnipiac player to have a hand in 11 consecutive goals scored and the first freshman to lead the team in scoring in the postseason. In six ECAC Hockey Tournament games, Peca totaled nine points, on a goal and eight assists, which were a Quinnipiac record and also led all NCAA Division I players in postseason scoring. A three-time ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week selection, Peca posted an 11-game point streak, which was the second longest for a freshman in program history after Ben Nelson's 13-game point streak in 2005-06. Including the final weekend of the season, Peca totaled 15 points, on a goal and 14 assists, in Quinnipiac's final eight games.
Glaicar, who came to Quinnipiac from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL, is this season's recipients of the Coaches Award, which is given to the student-athlete who exemplifies everything that Quinnipiac men's hockey embodies. Glaicar, in his second year as an assistant captain, emerged as a presence for the Bobcats on the blue-lineas well as in the locker room. A consemate leader, Glaicar was a quiet star on defense and was a the forefront of all of Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey's Positive Play programs.
Currie, a product of the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL before coming to Quinnipiac, was given the 7th Player Award, awarded to an individual who has shown the most growth as a member of the men's ice hockey team in his time at Quinnipiac. Despite consistent statistical increases in three seasons, Currie also emerged as one of the top special teams players, not only at Quinnipiac but in ECAC Hockey. For his efforts, his teammates chose him to be their captain for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Currie had a banner season in which he set career highs in goals (9) and points (18). He tripled his career goal total of three goals as he found the back of the net nine times as a junior. He also matched his single-season high of nine assists on his way to 18 points in 2011-12. Currie's nine goals are the fourth most in Quinnipiac history for a defenseman. Against ECAC Hockey programs, Currie had five goals and five assists for 10 points and was one of three Quinnipiac defenseman to reach double-digit point totals against Bobcats' opponents. Off the ice, Currie has carried a cumulative grade-point average of 3.74 as an athletic training major.
Bouharevich, who previously played for the New Hampshire Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL), earned the team's Academic Award for the second consecutive year after holding the team's highest GPA for the second straight year. Bouharevich posted a 4.00 GPA and finished with six goals and 11 assists for 17 points.