April 19, 2009

Jean-Marc Beaudoin Named Men's Ice Hockey Captain For 2009-10 Season

HAMDEN, Conn. – At the 2008-09 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Senior Awards Banquet, senior captain Dan Henningson (Edmonton, Alberta) was named the team's 2008-09 Most Valuable Player. Junior assistant captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alberta) was also announced as the 2009-10 captain in addition to winning the team's 7th Player Award, the Coaches Award and the inaugural Academic Award. Freshman Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) took home the team's Rookie of the Year Award.

Henningson took home the Bobcats' top honor for the second consecutive year after a season in which Quinnipiac once again ranked as one of the top teams in the nation on the power play and goals-against per game. Henningson finished his career ranked sixth in defenseman points (67) and fourth in defenseman assists (55). He scored a career-high six goals in 2008-09, doubling his career total. In addition, he is one of five players in Quinnipiac history to play in 150 games. Last month, Henningson signed with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Lake Erie Monsters, the top affiliate of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Colorado Avalanche.

"Dan Henningson emerged as a leader in 2007-08", Head Coach Rand Pecknold said."In addition, he was also our best player. He carried that over to the 2008-09 season and did a phenomenal job as our captain. There was no question that he was our best player."

Beaudoin was honored with three awards for the night while also earning the "C" on his sweater for next season. Beaudoin was named an assistant captain as a sophomore and once again held the spot in 2008-09. The Seventh Player award is given to an individual who has shown the most growth as a member of the men's ice hockey team in his time at Quinnipiac, while the Coaches Award is given to the student-athlete who exemplifies everything that Quinnipiac men's hockey embodies. Beaudoin also carried the highest grade-point average among all sophomores, juniors and seniors on the Bobcats' roster to earn the first-ever Academic Award. Beaudoin set personal-best marks in goals (13), assists (14) and points (27).

"Jean-Marc Beaudoin was an unanimous choice by our players as our team captain," Pecknold said. "He has really grown into an elite player over his three years, and we look forward to his leadership next season."

Zurevinski was honored as the program's top first-year player. This season, Zurevinski scored 11 goals, among the ECAC Hockey freshman leaders, while also assisting on seven more for 18 points for the season.

"Scott Zurevinski brought a great physical presence to our line-up every night," Pecknold said. "He really had a solid all-around season and we look forward to more from him in the future.