Awards Given; Captains Named

Eight awards were handed out to six Wolverines and captains for next season were named at the Dekers Blue Line Awards Banquet held at the Ann Arbor Sheraton on Saturday afternoon. Senior T.J. Hensick walked away with two awards, including team MVP honors, and Kevin Porter was selected to lead the Wolverines into next year.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan ice hockey team presented eight awards to six team members and announced three captains for the 2007-08 season at the annual yearend Dekers Blue Line Club Banquet at the Ann Arbor Sheraton on Saturday afternoon.

T.J. Hensick, the Wolverines leading point scorer, walked away with top honors as the Hal Downes Trophy winner, given annually to the teams' most valuable player. Hensick recorded a career high 69 points on 23 goals and 46 assists during his senior season. As a result, for the second time in his career, Hensick was named a first team All-American. Hensick was also the recipient of the Doc Losh Trophy awarded to the teams top point scorer.

On the defensive side of the ice, senior captain Matt Hunwick reeled in the Vic Heyliger Trophy, awarded to the teams top defenseman, for the third time in his four year career. In his senior season, Hunwick set a new career high with a +24 rating and chipped in 27 points on the offensive side of the ice.

Senior David Rohlfs received a pair of awards in lieu of his hard work during his final season as a Wolverine. Rohlfs received the Alton D. Simms Trophy, presented to the most improved player, and the Joseph A. Barrs Award, given to the best team player, in his final year in Ann Arbor.

Chris Summers received the Dekers Club Award presented to the teams' most colorful rookie after his first year as a Wolverine.

Kevin Porter, who tallied just 16 penalty minutes all season, earned the Howard Colby Award for sportsmanship, and was also rewarded later in the evening by being named captain for the 2007-08 season.

Defenseman Tim Cook was the recipient of the Carl Isaacson Award for the third year in a row. The Carl Isaacson Award is given to the player who exhibits the highest scholastic average as well as athletic ability.

As well as handing out awards, Michigan coach Red Berenson also named captains for next season on Saturday. Joining captain Kevin Porter, rising sophomores Andrew Cogliano and Tim Miller will both skate as alternate captains next season.

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