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Cleon Daskalakis
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Graduated: 1984
Year Inducted: 1994

On the basis of his freshman-year statistics alone, it would be hard to imagine that in three years' time, Cleon Daskalakis would earn All-American and ECAC Player of the Year honors, while receiving consideration for the Hobey Baker Award presented annually to the nation's top collegiate hockey player.

Although he compiled a respectable 3.61 GAA and an .887 save percentage, he played in just six games his freshman year, recording a 4-2 mark. However, one of the reasons for his lack of playing time and in a prelude of things to come, was the fact that Daskalakis left the team in late December to participate in the Junior World Championships, where he earned Tournament MVP honors, before rejoining the Terriers in early January.

Over the next three years of his career, Daskalakis became one of the most heralded goalies in the college game. During his sophomore season, he led a rebuilding Terrier team to a 14-11-3 slate, and the coveted Beanpot title. He blanked a trio of foes during the season, and registered a career-high 46 saves in a 4-4 tie with RPI.

He won the final eight games of his junior season to finish with a 15-7-1 mark, while helping the club to an overall ledger of 18-11-1. In recognition of his efforts, Daskalakis earned Team MVP, Second Team All-East, and Syracuse Invitational Tournament MVP honors.

As a senior in 1983-84, Daskalakis led the club to a stellar 28-11-1 mark, and its first NCAA Tournament bid in six years. A finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, Daskalakis received First Team All-America, First Team All-New England, ECAC Player of the Year, New England Player of the Year, and Team MVP honors, and the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born collegiate player in New England.

Upon graduation, Daskalakis continued to practice his trade, tending the net for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.




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