Men's ice hockey sweeps NESCAC individual awards
Hamilton College swept the three individual awards for the 2010-11 New England Small College Athletic Conference men's ice hockey all-conference team on March 3 when the conference announced its end-of-season award winners.
Joe Houk '13 (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock HS South) was selected the NESCAC player of the year by the conference's coaches, and was voted first team all-conference. Michael DiMare '14 (Medford, Mass./Avon Old Farms School [Conn.]) was named rookie of the year, and head coach Norm Bazin earned coach of the year honors for the second season in a row.
Houk ranked third in the conference with 33 points, tied for third with 17 goals and was eighth with 16 assists. He finished second in the NESCAC in defenseman scoring. His 33 points are the most by a Hamilton player since Gus Katsuras '06 posted 38 in 2005-06.
Houk joins Katsuras as the only Continentals that have received the NESCAC men's ice hockey player of the year award. Katsuras was a two-time winner in 2005 and 2006. Houk is the first sophomore to earn the honor.
DiMare tied for fifth in the conference with 15 goals and tied for seventh with 27 points. He led the NESCAC in freshman scoring. All but five of his points were recorded in conference play.
Bazin guided Hamilton to a 14-7-4 overall record, including 11-4-4 in the NESCAC, in just his third season with the Continentals. Hamilton finished the regular season with the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC championship for the first time in the event's 12-year history. The seven losses are the fewest for the Continentals in one season since 1996-97, when the team ended up 19-6-1.
NESCAC men's ice hockey all-conference team