March 19, 2015
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference held its annual Awards Celebration this evening, with three members of the University of Denver Pioneers taking home major individual awards. Fresh off of being named a Top Ten Finalist for this year's Hobey Baker Award earlier today, senior defenseman Joey LaLeggia (Burnaby, British Columbia) was named the NCHC's Player of the Year, Defenseman of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year. Freshman forward Danton Heinen (Langley, British Columbia) took home Rookie of the Year honors while his linemate Trevor Moore (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) was named the conference's Forward of the Year. A full list of award winners can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Moore, 19, won the NCHC's in-conference scoring title this season with 13G-17A-30P. He is currently tied for the conference's overall goal scoring lead with 20, 15 of which have come since Jan. 1 which is the second-highest total in the NCAA in the New Year (Vesey, Harvard: 17). Moore won one NCHC Offensive Player of the Week award in 2014-15 and was named the NCAA's No. 2 Star of the Week for the week ending March 2.
Heinen, 19, currently leads the NCHC's overall scoring race with 16G-28A-44P on the season, ranking second in the nation in points by a freshman (Eichel, BU: 20G-41A-61P). During his highly-productive 2014-15 campaign, Heinen won the NCHC's Rookie of the Week award four times, the Offensive Player of the Week award once and was named the NCHC/HCA Rookie of the Month for February.
In 34 games played this season, LaLeggia has recorded 38 points on 13 goals and 25 assists. The Edmonton Oilers prospect leads all NCHC defensemen in goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (3), power play goals (5) and shots on goal (129) while ranking second (tied) among conference blueliners in plus/minus rating with a mark of +15.
A five-time winner of the NCHC's Defenseman of the Week award this season, LaLeggia also captured conference Player of the Month honors for both January and February. He finished second to Moore (13G-17A-30P) in the NCHC's in-conference scoring race with 12G-17A-29P, finishing 13 points ahead of any defenseman in what is inarguably the NCAA's toughest conference in 2014-15.
The [5/6] Pioneers (22-12-2) enter the 2015 Frozen Faceoff as the No. 3-ranked team on the national PairWise Chart. Denver will face [6/5] Miami (23-13-1) tomorrow night in NCHC semifinal action (puck drop - 7:38pm CT/6:38pm MT), with the conference's championship game and consolation final both slated for Saturday. A complete NCHC playoff bracket complete with matchups, game times, etc. can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Friday's DU-MU contest will air live on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 6:30pm MT. Saturday's NCHC Championship Game (teams TBD) will air on CBSSN as well, also beginning at 6:30pm MT. Venues/eateries set to show Friday's nationally-televised game in Metro Denver include: The Pioneer, Boone's Tavern, Crimson & Gold Tavern, South Philly Cheesesteak and Stadium Inn. Should the Pios advance to the conference's title match on Saturday, the same venues/eateries will show the game in their respective establishments. Both of this weekend's DU playoff games will also be broadcast on ESPN Denver 105.5 FM with Jay Stickney calling the action.
Tickets to the 2015 NCHC Frozen Faceoff can be obtained by visiting AXS.com or by calling 1-888-AXS-TIX (929-7849).