March 31, 2009
PRINCETON, N.J. -
After headlining a stellar defensive corps and helping Boston University reach the Frozen Four for the first time in 12 years, senior defenseman Matt Gilroy has been named the College Hockey News Player of the Year.
Recently named the recipient of the Walter Brown Award, honoring the best American-born college player in New England, Gilroy is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
The senior co-captain is on track to become just the third three-time All-American in Terrier history, joining Rick Meagher and Chris Drury, and recently became the first defenseman in the 25-year history of the Hockey East Association to be named to the league's first team three times.
This season, Gilroy leads all Hockey East defensemen in points with 36 on eight goals and 28 assists. In 158 career games, Gilroy has amassed 25 goals and 66 assists for 91 points.
The North Bellmore, N.Y., native leads a Terrier defense that has allowed just 1.95 goals per game, good for third in the country. He has played in 144 consecutive games and boasts a career rating of plus-77, including a plus-21 rating this season.
Gilroy has helped the Terriers earn the top ranking in the national polls and post a 33-6-4 record, including a 19-1-3 mark in their last 23 games, while earning both the Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles along the way. BU has also won the Beanpot, Denver Cup and Ice Breaker Invitational championships.
This past Sunday, the Terriers won the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H. with a thrilling 2-1 victory over league rival New Hampshire. On Saturday, Gilroy tallied a career-high four assists in an 8-3 victory over Ohio State in the regional semifinal.
The Terriers, who are in search of their fifth national title, will face Vermont in the NCAA semifinal round on Thursday, April 9, at the Frozen Four in Washington, D.C.