The Canisius College hockey team recognized its top players during the 2010-11 season on Monday, naming its award winners for the campaign.
"To be recognized as an award winner is a tremendous honor and accomplishment," said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. "We congratulate each and every winner. A number of past honorees have had a great amount of success after finishing their careers and graduating from Canisius and it is great for this year's class to join that elite club."
Senior Cory Conacher was named the Team MVP for the second-straight season after leading the Golden Griffin offense. A second-team All-Atlantic Hockey selection, Conacher led Canisius with 42 points, 23 goals, 19 assists and eight power-play tallies during the 2010-11 campaign. The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award All-America First Team honoree ranked 12th nationally with 0.62 goals per game, while his 23 scores are the most in the school's record book.
During his tenure at Canisius, Conacher made his mark as one of the best to wear the Blue and Gold. He set 12 career, single-season and single-game records in his four seasons, finishing his tenure with career marks in points (147), goals (62) and game-winning tallies (12). Conacher also finished with Top Forward accolades for the second-straight campaign.
Ben Danford earned the team's Top Defenseman and Rookie of the Year Awards after a solid freshman campaign. In his first season with the Griffs, Danford led all defensemen with 26 points on two goals and 24 assists. His 24 assists are the most by any defender in the program's history, while his 26 points rank first among rookie blueliners.
Danford is just the third rookie to earn the program's Top Defenseman award outright, joining Hall of Famer Joe Federico in 1984-85 and Daryl Pierce in 2000-01.
Freshman Taylor Law earned the team's Most Improved Award. As a rookie, Law recorded 11 points, seven goals and four assists during the 2010-11 campaign.
Senior defenseman Phil Rauch was honored with the Top Chapman Memorial Award as the team's unsung hero. The team's captain, Rauch set career highs with eight points, one goal and seven assists, while ranking second on the team with a +5 rating.
Junior Scott Moser received the Dr. David B. Dietz Award, which is presented to a player for his dedication in both athletics and academics. Moser, who is also a member of the golf team at Canisius, set career highs with 21 points and nine goals to go along with 12 assists during his junior campaign.
In addition, senior Chris Forsman earned the team's Community Outreach Award, while sophomore Preston Shupe earned the Hasek's Heroes Award.