BU’s Hutson, Pandolfo Also Honored
CHN Staff Report
AMESBURY, Mass. Northeastern junior goaltender Devon Levi has been named 2022-23 Hockey East Player of the Year.
Also, Boston University freshman defenseman Lane Hutson was named Rookie of the Year, while the Terriers’ Jay Pandolfo was voted Coach of the Year by his peers.
All three awards were selected by the league’s 11 head coaches.
Levi is the fourth Northeastern player to be named Player of the Year, following Brad Theissen (2008-09), Zach Aston-Reese (2016-17) and Adam Gaudette (2017-18). The junior led Hockey East in save percentage (.947), goals against average (1.81), saves (753), and shutouts (6) while tying for the lead with 14 wins in 23 league games. He played more minutes (1393:01) than any other conference netminder. He currently leads the NCAA in overall save percentage (.931) while his 1,066 saves are third best, and six overall shutouts are fourth-most in the nation. Named the Beanpot MVP after securing a Northeastern win in a shootout, Levi is the third netminder to win Hockey East Player of the Year in the last four years (Spencer Knight, Jeremy Swayman).
Hutson led Hockey East in scoring with 34 points in league play, becoming the first-ever defenseman to win the Hockey East scoring crown in its 39-year history. He is also the first rookie to do so since Jack Eichel in 2014-15. The North Barrington, Ill., native also led all Hockey East players in assists (25), points per game (1.42), and plus-minus (+19). Hutson became the first rookie defenseman with 25 assists since Brian Leetch reached the mark in 1986-87.
Pandolfo is the second consecutive first-year head coach to win the Bob Kullen Award, following Jerry Keefe. Keefe was the first since Dick Umile did so in his first year as a bench boss in 1990-91 with New Hampshire, after taking over for the late Bob Kullen. Pandolfo guided the Terriers to their 11th Hockey East regular season crown and their first outright title win since 2014-15.
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