Quinnipiac men's ice hockey senior Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) and freshman Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) have been chosen as semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award, announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.
The Walter Brown Award is given annual to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. The nation's oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor, the Walter Brown Award was established in 1953 by the members of the 1933 Massachusetts Rangers, the first American team ever to win the World Championship Tournament. Brown coached the Rangers to the title in Prague, Czechoslovakia, that year; the team defeated Canada 2-1 in overtime in the championship game.
Anas, the only freshman on the list of semifinalists, is enjoying an incredible first season at Quinnipiac, leading the Bobcats with 16 goals and 18 assists for 34 points in 28 games played. Anas' 16 goals and 34 points lead all NCAA Division I freshman players, while they also rank 10th among all players. Anas has seven points in his last four games, including a one-goal, two assist performance against RPI, followed by a two-goal night at Merrimack. In Quinnipiac's 8-1 win at Dartmouth, he picked up two assists against the Big Green. He leads the team with 11 multiple-point games in his first 28 collegiate games.
Samuels-Thomas became the latest member of the 100-point club with a goal and an assist on Friday, Jan. 31 against Dartmouth. Samuels-Thomas now has 12 goals and 14 assists for the year and 49 goals and 52 assists for 101 points for his career. The 6-3 win from West Hartford, Conn. transferred to Quinnipiac after two seasons at Bowling Green State where he scored 20 goals and assisted on 26 more for 46 points. Since joining the Bobcats, he has scored 29 goals and assisted on 26 more 55 points. In 2012-13, Samuels-Thomas led the team with 17 goals, including a team-best seven on the power player. Samuels-Thomas also led the 2013 NCAA Tournament with three power-play goals, and had a goal and an assist in Quinnipiac's NCAA Frozen Four win against St. Cloud State.
|62nd Walter Brown Award Semifinalists|
|Brett Gensler||St. Charles, Mo.||Bentley||Atlantic Hockey|
|Steve Weinstein||Los Angeles, Calif.||Bentley||Atlantic Hockey|
|Johnny Gaudreau||Carney's Point, N.J.||Boston College||Hockey East|
|Kevin Hayes||Dorcester, Mass.||Boston College||Hockey East|
|Bill Arnold||Needham, Mass.||Boston College||Hockey East|
|Clay Witt||Brandon, Fla.||Northeastern||Hockey East|
|Connor Hellebuyck||Commerce, Mich.||Umass Lowell||Hockey East|
|Ross Mauermann||Janesville, Wisc.||Providence||Hockey East|
|Chris McCarthy||Collegeville, Pa.||Vermont||Hockey East|
|Danny O'Regan||Needham, Mass.||Boston University||Hockey East|
|Sam Anas||Potomac, Md.||Quinnipiac||ECAC Hockey|
|Jordan Samuels-Thomas||West Hartford, Conn.||Quinnipiac||ECAC Hockey|
|Kenny Agostino||Flanders, N.J.||Yale||ECAC Hockey|
|Jesse Root||Pittsburgh, Pa.||Yale||ECAC Hockey|
|Jimmy Vesey||North Reading, Mass.||Harvard||ECAC Hockey|
|Mark Naclerio||Milford, Conn.||Brown||ECAC Hockey|