UMass Lowell's Kevin Boyle (left) picks up two Hockey East awards. (Photo/John Corneau/Mill City Sports) Hockey East Gambardella, Boyle honored by Hockey East, All-Rookie Team announced boyle
UMass Lowell’s Kevin Boyle (left) picks up two Hockey East awards. (Photo/John Corneau/Mill City Sports)

UMass Lowell River Hawks‘ forward Joe Gambardella and goaltender Kevin Boyle will be honored on Thursday night by Hockey East at the annual awards banquet.

Gambardella picked up the Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award for his ability to keep himself out the box this season. In 36 games, the forward managed only a single penalty to go along with his 33 points on eight goals and 25 assists. He also leads the squad with a plus-18 rating.

Boyle was named the Stop It Goaltending Champion and the winner of the Army ROTC Three Stars Award. The goaltender was among the conference and national leaders in almost all goaltending categories. With a 22-8-5 record Boyle had a miniscule league best 1.62 GAA in conference play. He had .941 save percentage in Hockey East games.

For Boyle’s outstanding play this season, he earned the game’s first star on ten occasions and was among the top-3 numerous times. He picked up his school single season record seventh shutout last Saturday as UMass Lowell eliminated the Boston University Terriers, 5-0, in the Hockey East Tournament quarterfinals.

Gambardella and Boyle will head to the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts along with others from Hockey East players and coaches for the Hockey East Award Banquet on Thursday night.

Hockey East also announced the conference All-Rookie Team on Wednesday, which will also be honored on Thursday. The 2015-16 Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team consists of six skaters, including defensemen Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College), Charlie McAvoy (Boston University), and Bobby Nardella (Notre Dame) and forwards Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (Boston University), Max Letunov (UConn), and Colin White (Boston College).

Also set to be recognized at Thursday’s banquet will be Boston College Eagles‘ junior defenseman Steve Santini as the Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman, Notre Dame Fighting Irish senior forward Sam Herr as the Gladiator Custom Mouthguards Best Defensive Forward, and New Hampshire Wildcats‘ sophomore forward Andrew Poturalski as the Hockey East scoring champion. The Northeastern Huskies will be honored as the Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award winner, given to the team with the fewest penalty minutes in Hockey East play.

UMass Lowell will take on the Providence College Friars in the Hockey East semifinals on Friday, March 19 for a chance at making the Hockey East Championship game for the fourth straight year. Boston College takes on Northeastern in the other semifinal game.

All fans are encouraged to join the River Hawks at The Harp, the Official Pre-Game Headquarters for UMass Lowell in Boston. Join us before Friday’s game at for food, drink and fun on Causeway Street in Boston.

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