Air Force hockey announces award winners at end of season banquet
April 6, 2014
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Three seniors, three juniors and a freshman, along with the class of 2014, were honored at the 2014 Air Force hockey end of season banquet, presented by the Falcon Blue Line Club, on Sunday, April 6, at the Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs.
Senior forward Ryan Timarearned the Vic Heyliger Award. This award, voted on by the team, is the cornerstone of Air Force hockey. It is awarded to the player whose dedication, character, leadership and work ethic exemplifies Falcon hockey and is named after the Academy's first hockey coach. Timar epitomized this award with his work ethic on and off the ice. One of only seven Falcons to play in all 39 games, he scored a career high seven goals and 14 points this season. A key member of the Falcon penalty kill, he blocked 28 shots, more than any other Falcon forward this season. A team captain, Timar finished his career strong with five goals in the final eight games of the season.
Junior forward Cole Gunnerwon the Chuck Delich Award as the team's most valuable player. This award, voted on by the team, is named after the Falcons' all-time leading scorer and all-time leading goal scorer in the history of NCAA hockey. Gunner earned second-team all-conference honors as he led the team with 44 points and tied for the team lead with 15 goals. Fourteen of his 15 goals were scored even strength, including three game-winners. A three-time Atlantic Hockey player of the week and member of two all-tournament teams, he scored at least one point in 29 of the 39 games this season.
Senior defenseman Adam McKenziewon the Jim Bowman Award as the team's top scholar-athlete of the year. McKenzie has been on the dean's list every semester and has been on the commandant's list and superintendent's list three times. As an aeronautical engineering major, he carries a 3.86 grade point average, both overall and in his major. A 2013 Academic All-American, he is a three-time Atlantic Hockey all-academic team selection. On the ice, McKenzie was a second-team all-conference selection as he scored 18 points on seven goals and 18 points and was a +7 on the season.
Senior forward Mitch Torrelwas named the team's Most Improved Player. This award, voted on by the team, is presented to the player who has made the most improvement in one season or from one season to the next. Torrel played in just 25 games and had two assists his first three years. This season, he played in 28 games and was tied for fourth on the team with eight goals. The MVP of the Dartmouth holiday tournament, he scored three goals in two games to lead Air Force to a pair of wins over nationally-ranked teams.
Freshman Johnny Hrabovskywon the John Matchefts Award as the team's top freshman. This award, voted on by the team, is named in honor of the Falcons' second coach who led the Falcons to 154 victories. One of just seven Falcons to play in every game this season, Hrabovsky had two goals and eight assists for 10 points. A steady, stay-at-home defenseman, he was also a +2 and his 38 blocked shots were the fourth most on the team.
Junior forward George Michalke IIIwon the Larry Cronk Award. This award, voted on by the team, is presented to the player whose play on the ice inspired his team and most typifies Falcon hockey. Michalke missed almost all of last season due to a head injury, but returned this season to rank fourth on the team in scoring with 20 points in 32 games. Playing at both center and wing throughout the season, he won 59 percent of his faceoffs, the best mark on the team.
Junior Dan Weissenhofer was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year. This award is presented to the defensive player who the coaching staff feels was the team's most diligent defensive performer. Defensive habits and skill, along with plus-minus ratio, are factors used to select the recipient. Weissenhofer's hard-nosed, physical style made him one of the most difficult players to play against in all of Atlantic Hockey. His +11 was the best mark on the team and his 15 points were third best among the blue liners. --30--