Greene's Double Highlights CCHA Awards
Parse Wins League Player of the Year
CHN Staff Report
DETROIT Andy Greene became the first player in CCHA to win the league's Best Offensive and Best Defensive Defenseman Awards in the same season, it was announced at the CCHA awards banquet Thursday night.
Scott Parse, the Nebraska-Omaha junior, though, took home the league's Player of the Year honor. Parse was the first player in the nation to top both the 50 and 60-point plateaus, finishing his junior year with 61 points and a 1.52 points-per game average. He is the first Maverick to be named player of the year since Nebraska-Omaha joined the CCHA in 1999.
Miami also took home Coach of the Year for Enrico Blasi, the third time he has receieved the honor. Miami was 20-6-2 in CCHA play. Blasi also won in 2000-01 and 2003-04. Miami started the season unranked, but after rising as high as No. 1, is currently at No. 2.
Greene was also Best Offensive Defenseman last season. He has appeared in 156 consecutive games for the RedHawks, which ties a school record that will be broked Friday night. He has 29 points this season and is a plus-20.
Michigan State netminder Jeff Lerg was selected the CCHA Rookie of the Year after ranking second in the conference with a .926 save percentage and a 2.03 goals-against average.
Lake Superior senior forward Steve McJannet was presented
with the Terry Flanagan Memorial Award in recognition of his perseverance, dedication and courage in his battle with Crohn's Disease. The Lakers' captain was a team best plus-5 this season and led his squad to a sixth-place finish in the standings, their best season since 1999-2000.
The sixth-annual Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian award was presented to Michigan State junior forward Drew Miller. Miller, involved in several Lansing-area programs, was a major force behind the creation of the Spartan Buddy Program. The program involves MSU student-athletes becoming buddies with pediatric patients at Sparrow Hospital.