April 5, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Invited guests and members of the Michigan hockey family gathered today (Saturday, April 5) to honor the 2013-14 University of Michigan ice hockey team during the annual Dekers Blue Line Club banquet at Weber's Inn.
Freshman forward JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) earned three of the eight team awards after an outstanding first season with the Wolverines.
The inaugural Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an All-Big Ten Second Team selection, Compher earned a share of the team's Deker Club Award as Rookie of the Year, the Hazel "Doc" Losh Award as the team's scoring leader and the Hal Downes Award as the most valuable player.
Compher led the team and Big Ten freshmen with 31 points (11G, 20A) for an average of 0.89 points per game. His assists mark was also best among Big Ten freshmen. Compher was also tops among freshmen in conference play with 20 points (8G, 12A) in 20 games and was tied for fourth in the nation with three shorthanded goals on the season.
His four-point outburst (2G, 2A) on Jan. 24 at Michigan State was the most by a Michigan player since Oct. 13, 2011, when David Wohlberg had four points (G, 3A) in a 10-3 win over St. Lawrence. Compher had the most points in a game by a Michigan freshman in more than eight years in that contest.
Freshman goaltender Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) shared the Deker Club Award for Rookie of the Year with Compher. A four time Big Ten weekly award winner, Nagelvoort excelled in his first season in net for the Wolverines. In 24 appearances, Nagelvoort went 11-9-3 with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
Senior defenseman Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) captured the Vic Heyleger Award as the team's best defenseman. An All-Big Ten Second Team selection, Bennett was one the league's top offensive threats from the blue line, finishing the regular season tied for sixth among league defensemen with 12 assists and seventh with 14 points (2G, 12A). He finished second on the team with 58 blocked shots and a plus-12 rating.
Junior defenseman/forward Andrew Sinelli (Dexter, Mich.) was awarded the Alton D. Simms Award as the most improved player. With Michigan short on defensemen due to injuries, Sinelli switched positions starting the week of practice before a Nov. 29 contest against Ohio State. Sinelli became a valuable member of the team's defensive corps, missing just two games the remainder of the season. On March 7 against Michigan State, Sinelli recorded his first career hat trick and the first by a Michigan defenseman since Jack Johnson had three goals against Ferris State on Jan. 26, 2007.
Senior forward Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) earned the Joseph E. Barss True Team Player Award. DeBlois matched a career high with 20 points (6G, 14A) in his senior season with the Wolverines and was a key member of Michigan's penalty-killing unit. DeBlois set a career high for points in a game with three (2G, A) in a 5-2 win at Michigan State on Jan. 24. He finished third on the team with a plus-11 rating.
Other award winners included junior defenseman Mike Chiasson (Henderson, Nev.) for the Howard Colby Best Sportsmanship Award, and senior forward Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.), who earned the Carl Isaacson Award as the Best Student-Athlete.
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423