Bronco Hockey Awards

The Western Michigan University hockey team honored eight student-athletes at its season-ending awards banquet, held Saturday evening (April 12) at the Fetzer Center on camps. All the individual awards, except for the KOHA Grinder and those of the statistical-based variety, were decided upon by team voting.

Junior right wing Dana Lattery (Cochrane, Alta.) received the Rob Hodge Most Valuable Player Award, finishing as the team's co-leader in goals (19) and points (36). Lattery scored a team-high seven power play goals and was WMU's top representative in the Perani Cup Three Stars of the Game voting. Lattery also earned a share of the Vic Vanderberg Top Scorer Award with freshman center Vince Bellissimo (Toronto, Ont.).

Bellissimo finished with 19 goals and 36 points, along with a team-best three game-winning goals, to take home the Suzanne Klop Rookie of the Year Award. He was a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Rookie Team.

Junior Mike Jarmuth (Monkton, Ont.) was presented the Neil Smith Most Valuable Defenseman Award, appearing in 36 games and taking just six penalties during the season. He helped the Broncos record a 3-0 shutout of Lake Superior State Nov. 30 in Lawson Arena.

The Ed Edwards Most Improved Player Award went to freshman Eric Marvin (Naperville, IL), the team's third goaltender who dressed for a majority of the games. Marvin became just the fifth goalie in 29 years to win the award.

Senior center Shaun Rose (Martensville, Sask.) accepted the Catherine Lawson Sportsmanship Award after taking penalties in just four games, coupled with a team-low five minor penalties.

Junior left wing Lucas Drake (Holt, MI) captured the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association "Grinder" Award for Perseverance. Drake produced career-highs for assists (13) and points (15) as one of the team's top defensive forwards. He also worked on the penalty-killing unit.

Senior defenseman Andy Townsend (East Haven, Conn.) continued his strong hold of the Bill Saunders Plus/Minus Award, securing the trophy for the third time in his career. Townsend posted a team-best +5 rating this year and finished a +19 for his career.

Classroom achievement was recognized at the banquet with junior center Jeremy Cheyne (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) being presented the Peter R. Ellis Academic Award for the second straight year. Davies carries an overall grade-point average of 3.69 and was CCHA All-Academic Honorable Mention.

In addition to team awards, Head Coach Jim Culhane announced captains for the 2003-04 campaign. Lattery will serve as team captain for the third straight year while Davies handles assistant captain duties for the second time. Jarmuth will spend his first season as assistant captain.

The Broncos concluded their 30th anniversary season in March, compiling an overall record of 15-21-2, placing eighth in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association with a 13-14-1 mark.

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