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Gilroy Named CHN Player of the Year

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BU D Matt Gilroy after win over UNHBU D Matt Gilroy after win over UNH
BU D Matt Gilroy talks about the win over UNH, finally getting to the Frozen Four and what it will take to beat Vermont.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Boston University senior defenseman Matt Gilroy has been named the College Hockey News Player of the Year.

Gilroy, 6-foot-2 from North Bellmore, N.Y., scored a career-high 36 points this season, while captaining the nation's top team headed into the Frozen Four. The Terriers qualified for the Frozen Four this past weekend with a 2-1 win over New Hampshire in the Northeast Regional final. It's the Terriers' first trip to the Frozen Four since 1997.

Gilroy is already a Hobey Baker Award finalist, First Team All-CHN honoree, and winner of this year's Walter Brown Award as New England's top American-born player.

It's been a season with no runaway offensive candidates, which has opened the door for a player like Gilroy. His numbers aren't flashy, but his leadership skills and other intangibles, while hard to measure, have been invaluable to Boston University.

"He had a great year last year," BU coach Jack Parker said recently. "He's even better this year. He’s better offensively and he's even better defensively. He’s been fabulous defensively."

Gilroy, 24, came to BU as a walk-on forward, but was moved to defense. After needing some time to hone his defensive skills, he's turned himself into the best two-way defenseman in the nation, and as a free agent, is a hot commodity among NHL scouts.

And while his goal total is only eight, he has scored some big ones, including the game winner against Merrimack on Jan. 16, a shorthanded goal in a 1-1 tie with Northeastern in February, and the first two goals of a comeback win over Massachusetts, after the Terriers had fallen behind 3-0. This past weekend in the NCAAs, Gilroy had a four-assist game against Ohio State in the first round.

"You can see why he is such a good player because he jumps in the play and he's pressing the play and I'm thinking, 'Oh, they've got a 2-on-1 here' and he's back before the guy gets over the red line," Parker told earlier this year. "He's got a good sense of when he can go and knowing when he's got to get back, and he's such a great skater."

Gilroy joins other 2008-09 CHN award winners, Keith Allain of Yale (Coach of the Year), Jordan Schroeder of Minnesota (Rookie of the Year), and the entire All-CHN team.

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