HAMDEN, Connecticut – Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold announced this season's team awards, as voted on by Quinnipiac's student-athletes and staff, at the annual awards banquet hosted at the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday, Apr. 18.
Quinnipiac senior co-captain Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) was named the team's Most Valuable Player while fellow co-captain Danny Federico (Acton, Massachusetts) was honored with the Coaches Award. Freshman Landon Smith (Greenwood Village, Colorado) was named the team's Rookie of the Year while Soren Jonzzon (Mountain View, California) earned the programs 7th Player Award as well as the team's Academic Award.
Peca's Quinnipiac career came to end with the Bobcats' third-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and the most wins for a four-year career (97) in program history. Since Quinnipiac made its first of three appearances in the national tournament, Quinnipiac was tied with Minnesota for the most wins (77) over the last three years.
In his time at Quinnipiac, Peca scored 42 goals and assisted on 101 more for 143 career points. He became just the fourth player in program history to record 100 career assists and currently sixth in career points. This past season, Peca scored seven goals while dishing out a team-high 29 assists for 36 points to become just the fourth All-ECAC Hockey First Team selection since Quinnipiac joined the league in 2005-06. He is also one of four players in the team's history to reach 30 points in each of his four seasons at Quinnipiac. On Apr. 2, he signed a two-year contract with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning and made his professional debut with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch on Apr. 3, 2015.
The Coaches Award, given to Federico, is given to the student-athlete who exemplifies everything that Quinnipiac men's hockey embodies. This past season, Federico tallied two goals and nine assists for 11 points. He was honored for the first by ECAC Hockey when he was named to the Second Team, making him just the third Quinnipiac defensemen to receive all-league honors in program history. Federico was also a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman Award for the second straight season. For his career, he scored scored three goals and assisted on 35 more for 38 points.
Smith completed an outstanding first season with the Bobcats to earn Rookie of the Year honors, collected ECAC Hockey All-Rookie honors after scoring 15 goals and assisting on 16 more for 31 points in his NCAA debut year. Smith was Quinnipiac's fifth All-Rookie selection, joining Peca (2011-12), Anas (2013-14), Bryan Leitch (2005-06) and Brandon Wong (2006-07). He led all ECAC Hockey freshmen in goals (15), assists (15), points (30), goals per game (0.41), points per game (0.81), power play points (10), game-winning goals (4) and also had the only hat trick among all ECAC Hockey freshmen. His 10 goals and 16 points in 22 ECAC Hockey games also lead all ECAC Hockey freshmen. Smith was also a three-time ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week (11/4, 2/2 and 2/17).
The Bobcats' 7th Player Award is awarded to an individual who has shown the most growth as a member of the men's ice hockey team in his time at Quinnipiac. Jonzzon earned the team's 7th Player after a break-out season for the Bobcats. Jonzzon tallied career-highs in goals (8), assists (7) and points (15) as well as games played (38).
- Overall Record : 23-12-4
- ECAC Hockey Record: 16-3-3
- Final National Rank: 14th
- Won 2nd ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championship. 2nd Cleary Cup in last three years (2013, 2015)
- Quinnipiac made its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and fourth all-time (2004, 2013, 2014, 2015).
- This year's senior class was comprised of four student-athletes (Matthew Peca, Danny Federico, Alex Barron and Justin Agosta). Peca and Federico were the only four-year letter winners, and were the winningest class in program history, amassing 97 wins in four seasons.
- Over the last three seasons(2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15), Quinnipiac and Minnesota tied for the most wins (77) in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey
- Quinnipiac is the only team in ECAC Hockey to win a postseason series in each season since Quinnipiac joined the league in 2005-06
- Quinnipiac has won a postseason series in each year since joining the Division I ranks (since 1998-99)
- Five Quinnipiac student-athletes earned All-ECAC Hockey honors
- Matthew Peca became just the 4th ECAC Hockey First Team selection in program history
- Matthew Peca signed a professional contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Apr. 2; Made his debut with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch on Apr. 3
- Danny Federico was named to the ECAC Hockey Second Team, and later signed with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins
- Michael Garteig earned All-ECAC Hockey Third Team honors
- Landon Smith earned All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team honors after leading all league rookies in goals, assists and points
- Sam Anas earned All-ECAC Hockey Second Team honors; more significant, Anas was named the program's third All-American (joining Reid Cashman and Eric Hartzell) in school history
- Soren Jonzzon was a finalist for the prestigious ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award