CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — UMass Lowell River Hawks‘ senior goaltender Kevin Boyle was named the Co-Player of the Year by Hockey East on Thursday night at the league’s annual Award Banquet at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
Boyle was also named to the Hockey East All-Second Team on Thursday to go along with his Goaltender of the Year and Three Stars award which were announced on Wednesday.
The net minder becomes the first player in conference history to win Player of the Year honors and All-Second Team honors. Boyle shares the Player of the Year Award with Boston College Eagles‘ junior goaltender and Vancouver Canucks draft pick Thatcher Demko.
In Hockey East play, Boyle recorded a 12-6-4 record with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage to go along with four shutouts.
Boyle has tallied a 22-8-5 overall record this season with a 1.80 GAA and a .934 save percentage. His seven shutouts this season is a new school record, previously held by Connor Hellebuyck and Cam McCormick. Boyle’s 1.80 GAA is fourth best in the nation, while his .934 save percentage his tied for sixth in the country along the Providence College Frairs’ Nick Ellis. His seven shutouts are tied for second in the nation and his 22 wins ranks sixth in the country.
The Manalapan, New Jersey native is also one of five finalists for the prestigious Mike Richter Award, given annually to the top goaltender in college hockey. The award was previous won by former River Hawk and current member of the Winnipeg Jets organization Connor Hellebuyck.
Also honored on Thursday night were forward Joe Gambardella who picked up the Hockey East Sportsmanship Award for least penalty minutes this season and defenseman Dylan Zink who was named a honorable mention for All-Hockey East Team honors.
Kevin Boyle and UMass Lowell take on Providence College in the Hockey East semifinals on Friday night. Puck drops at the TD Garden at 5:00 p.m. eastern.
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.