HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men's hockey team gathered one final time in its 2016-17 form to celebrate and honor the individuals who stood out this past season.
Head coach Bob Gaudet '81 was joined by his assistant coaches, support staff and the entire team Thursday night to hand out team awards to five individuals.
PHELAN AWARD (TEAM MVP): Troy Crema
The Phelan Award is annually chosen by teammates and presented to the player who, by demonstrating outstanding skill at his position, continued aggressiveness and team spirit, deserves to be named the ‘Most Valuable Player of The Year'. This award is in honor of ardent Dartmouth hockey enthusiast, Martha M. Phelan, wife of John Phelan '28 and mother of John Phelan, Jr. '63, captain of the 1963 Dartmouth men's hockey team.
- In his final season, Troy Crema left it all on the ice. His career highs across the board helped earn the senior from Toronto a spot on the All-Ivy League First Team as well as the ECAC Hockey Third Team. His 17 goals this year were the most by any Dartmouth player in seven years and his 29 points also helped him claim the Leading Scorer Award for the '16-'17 campaign as well. Crema would go on to sign with the Rochester Americans of the AHL after the conclusion of the Big Green's season.
BOOMA AWARD (ROOKIE OF THE YEAR): Cam Strong
The Booma Award is presented to the player who through determination, desire, dedication, and ability earns the ‘Rookie of The Year' award. This award is given in honor of Roland C. Booma '30, an all-around Dartmouth athlete, including football and baseball in addition to his role with the hockey program.
- The first Montana native ever to play for the Green and White wasted little time in making his impact felt on the ice as a rookie this winter. Strong scored a goal in his first career game, netting the second score in Dartmouth's 3-2 season-opening victory against No. 11 Michigan at Thompson Arena. His 10 goals were the most by a Dartmouth first-year player this season and ranked second amongst all ECAC Hockey rookies.
MANSER AWARD (MOST IMPROVED): Cameron Roth
Chosen by his teammates and coaches as the “Most Improved Varsity Player” during that season, the Manser Award is named for and given in honor of George ‘Johnny' Manser '26, captain of the 1926 varsity team and the first president of the Friends of Dartmouth Men's Hockey.
- Several Dartmouth players saw improvements in their game from the 2015-16 season to the most recent campaign, but the players' vote illustrated Cameron Roth's was the biggest. Roth was a stalwart on defense with his physical style of play in his own zone. However, he wasn't afraid to jump up into the play either as shown by his point total doubling from his freshman season to sophomore campaign. Roth scored the first two goals of his career, while finishing the season with eight points and was third on the team with 38 blocked shots. His increased role on the team was shown by his logging of minutes on both the power play and penalty kill in addition to his regular shifts.
SMOYER AWARD (UNSUNG HERO): Kyle Nickerson
The Smoyer Award is given to the player who has made the most unusual contribution to Dartmouth men's hockey each year. These contributions are measured more by intangible factors than statistical results and is commonly referred to as the team's “Unsung Hero”. The award is in honor of Bill Smoyer '67, captain of the 1967 team and an outstanding soccer player who was sadly killed in Vietnam.
- Few players in recent years have been as beloved by their teammates as Kyle Nickerson was during his career. A hand injury early in the year cost Nickerson nearly his entire senior season, but he managed to return to the lineup for the final two games before the postseason and an opportunity to dress for Senior Day in front of the Thompson Arena crowd one final time.
McINNIS AWARD (SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR): Josh Hartley
The McInnis Award is chosen by the players to honor the individual who has best reflected spirit, camaraderie, loyalty and dedication to Dartmouth men's hockey and to Dartmouth College. Those same characteristics were demonstrated throughout his lifetime by Philip McInnis '36, president of the Friends of Men's Hockey from 1979 through 1984 and in whose honor this award is given each year.
- Josh Hartley was a leader throughout his entire Dartmouth career and was rewarded as such with an ‘A' on his sweater as a senior. His vocal leadership was not over-the-top and abrasive, but when he spoke up, his teammates listened. The British Columbia native was a sign of stability in his senior season, joining Crema and Roth as the only three Dartmouth players to dress for all 31 games in 2016-17. He finished tied for third on the team in assists (11) and was the top-scoring defenseman (14), while leading the team in blocked shots (69) and blocks per game (2.23). The 2.23 figure ranked as the third best in all of ECAC Hockey and 18th in the nation.