|by Ian Marks, associate director of athletic
The hockey team announced its yearly award winners
recently. Nine different players where honored.
John MacInnes Slide Rule Award (Scholastic
This award annually goes to the player with the highest
overall grade point average. The player must have been
at Michigan Tech at least one full year. The award is
named in honor of John MacInnes, who coached the Huskies
for 26 seasons.
Winner: Corson Cramer, 3.82 GPA, mechanical engineering
Wildcat Slayer Award
Awarded to a player for their outstanding performance
against rival Northern Michigan.
Winner: Deron Cousens (six assists)
Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award
This award is named after long-time dean of students and
athletic supporter Harold Meese. Starting at Michigan
Tech in 1950 as a professor in metallurgy, Meese became
Dean of Students in 1959 and remained in that position
until his retirement in 1984. During his retirement,
Meese served five years (1989-94) in a volunteer
capacity as the athletic department's academic advisor.
Winner: Daniel Holmberg
Rick Yeo Unsung Hero Award
This award is named after former Michigan Tech hockey
player, assistant coach and athletic director Rick Yeo.
Winner: Patrick McCadden
George McCarthy Performance Award (Athletic and
Named after the late George McCarthy, a former hockey
player at Michigan Tech and member of the school's
Sports Hall of Fame.
Winner: Bennett Royer
Elov Seger Memorial Award (Most Improved Player)
This award is named after Elov Seger, who passed away in
the mid-sixties as a result of a brain tumor. Throughout
his career, he battled against great odds and was always
Winner: Brad Stebner
Norbert Matovich Award (Outstanding Freshman)
Norbert Matovich was a freshman athlete from Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan, who was killed in a car accident in 1966
over Christmas break.
Winner: Ryan Furne
Gitzen-Loutit Memorial Award (Outstanding Defenseman)
The award is named after two Michigan Tech students, one
a hockey player, Bob Gitzen, and Richard Loutit. Both
were killed on Jan. 14, 1950, in a bus accident
involving the varsity hockey team.
Winner: Carl Nielsen
Gary Crosby Memorial Award (Leading Scorer)
Named after an outstanding varsity hockey player who led
Michigan Tech in scoring his sophomore season. He was
drafted by the Los Angeles Kings after his sophomore
campaign and signed a pro contract. Unfortunately he was
killed in a car accident soon after.
Winner: To be awarded at conclusion of season
Merv Young Award (Most Valuable Player)
This award is named in honor of a man who put his heart
and soul into promoting hockey. The fact that hockey
played such an important part in the life of the Copper
Country is a tribute to his promotion. John W. Rice,
publisher and editor of the Daily Mining Gazette,
donated the trophy to the college and presented it to
the first winner, Bob McManus, in 1955.
Winner: Milos Gordic