Drury Honored as Hobey Baker Finalist, ECAC Player of the Year

Tracy Snubbed; Icemen Face Brown in Tourney Semifinals Tonight

He's already the captain of the Harvard men's hockey team. He's already an Olympian. He has already won the Beanpot tournament's most valuable player award.

And yesterday, junior hockey sensation Captain led Drury added two more accolades to his ever growing list.

At the ECAC Tournament Banquet in lake Placid, N.Y. Drury was named ECAC Player of the Year--as well as one of the country's ten Hobey Baker Award finalists.

Drury edged out Yale's senior forward Mark Kaufman in Player of the Year balloting, garnering 25 total votes from the league's head coaches to Kaufman's 22.

Vermont sophomore netminder Christian Soucy and Rensselaer goal-tender junior Neil Little finished third and fourth in the voting with 10 and nine votes respectively.

"Teddy definitely deserved the award." Harvard Coach Ronn Tomassoni said yesterday. "He's had a great year for us, and in my opinion he's the premiere player in the country right now."

Tomassoni said that Drury accepted the award humbly, shrugging his shoulder's in the Trumbull, Conn., native's classic style.

"Teddy's a very modest person," Tomassoni said. "He didn't make much of it."

The Leverett resident did, on the other hand, make much of the season this year. Drury scored 17 goals and dished out 27 assists while leading the Crimson to a 16-3-3 league record and second-straight regular-season title.

He finished second in ECAC scoring behind Kaufman.

But Tomassoni said Drury is not just an offensive force, and that's why he considers Drury's chances for the Hobey Baker better than those of the other finalists.

"I've said this all along, and I'm prejudiced for obvious reasons, but, with all due respect to the other great players around the country, Teddy is also a defensive force. He's the complete package," Tomassoni said. "I'm just glad he's on our side."

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Other ECAC Voting: Harvard players and coaches did not receive any of the tour other awards that the ECAC presented yesterday.

The most notable absence from the winners' circle was freshman goalie and Beanpot hero Tripp Tracy. Although Tracy finished with the best goaltending numbers in the ECAC, St. Lawrence freshman forward Burke Murphy ran away with the award, with 20 votes.