Two incoming Union men's hockey recruits have been honored by the North American Hockey League.
Vidmar (l) and Kupsky (r)
Lone Star Brahmas forward Sebastian Vidmar was named the South Division Most Valuable Player and Forward of the Year on Thursday. The native of Malmo, Sweeden was also selected to All-South Division team. He paced the circuit in scoring with 35 goals and 45 assists in 58 games.
Brahmas goaltender Jake Kupsky was picked for the South Division All-Rookie team on Wednesday. The native of Waukeshaw, Wisconsin went 19-4-4 with a 2.16 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 30 games.
Lone Star is currently competing in the league playoffs. After an opening round sweep of Wenatchee last weekend, the Brahmas take on Topeka in the best-of-five South Division finals starting Friday.
Ben Pirko, a defenseman for the Selects Academy at South Kent School under-16 National team, announced his commitment to Union College on Wednesday.
"Proud and honored to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey at Union College," the 16-year-old said in a tweet.
He is expected to join the Dutchmen for the 2018-19 season, making him Union's first recruit for that year.
The 6-foot, 150-pounder from Arlington, Virginia had 13 assists in 27 games for Selects, which competes in the United States Premier Hockey League. According to the U.S Hockey Report, Pirko is a "good all-around defenseman" with a "good frame that is very far from being filled out."
Union has been active on the recruiting trail of late. Last week, the Dutchmen snagged a commitment from Youngstown Phantoms forward Justin Cmunt. He is slated to arrive for the 2017-18 season.
Former Union forward Daniel Carr was among six members of the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs promoted to the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.
Carr had 15 assists and a team-high 24 goals in 76 games for the Bulldogs, whose season ended on Saturday. He was named AHL Rookie of the Month for February.
Joining Carr in Montreal are goaltender Mike Condon, defensemen Darren Dietz and Brett Lernout, as well as forwards Charles Hudon and Christian Thomas.
The six will arrive in Montreal on Monday and will practice with the team beginning on Tuesday. Barring injuries, it's a long shot that any of the six will play for Montreal this season. The Canadiens currently have a 2-0 best-of-seven series lead over Ottawa in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Seven members of the Union men's hockey team were honored at the team's annual postseason awards banquet Thursday at The Edison Club in Rexford.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER WINNER: Senior forward Daniel Ciampini
The All-ECAC Hockey first teamer paced the Dutchmen in goals (26), shots (126), plus/minus (+21), power play goals (9) and game-winning goals (5). He co-owned the team lead in scoring with sophomore center Mike Vecchione, matching a school record with 50 points.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WINNER: Freshman forward Spencer Foo
Foo led Union freshmen in scoring with 25 points on 11 goals and 14 assists. His strong season earned him a spot on the ECACH All-Rookie team last month.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER WINNER: Junior forward Matt Wilkins
Wilkins set career bests in goals (13), assists (15) and points (28) this season. He finished third on the team in goals and fourth in points.
COACHES AWARD WINNER: Senior defenseman Charlie Vasaturo
Vasaturo served as team captain and blocked a team-high 62 shots.
SCOTT RICHARDSON UNSUNG HERO AWARD
WINNER: Senior forward Sam Coatta
Coatta, an alternate captain this season, saw extensive time on the penalty kill and was one of the team's best defensive forwards.
CHARLES MORRISON AWARD
(Player who participates in extracurricular activities while demonstrating academic interest and achievement)
WINNER: Junior defenseman Sebastien Gingras
Gingras is a neuroscience major with an overall 3.89 GPA. Outside of the classroom, he served as a student advocate for the "It's On Us" public service campaign and worked as a resident hall advisor on campus.
THOMAS VAN ARDEN DUKEHART AWARD
(Player with the highest GPA on the team)
WINNER: Junior forward Theo DiPauli von Treuheim
A bioengeering major with an overall 3.96 GPA, DiPauli von Treuheim snagged the award for the third straight season. He was recently named a Barry Goldwater scholar.
Union junior forward Theo Di Pauli von Treuheim has been named a 2015 Barry Goldwater Scholar, the team announced Wednesday.
The Downers Grove, Ill., native was one of a dozen recipients from Illinois honored with the scholarship. A total of 260 Scholars were picked on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,206 applicants nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including three decades of service in the U.S. Senate.
A bioengineering major, DiPauli von Treuheim has a 3.96 overall grade-point average. His career aspirations include a Ph.D. in bioengineering. He would like to do research in the Bionics industry, investigating ways to strategize research proposals that further products and goals.
"I feel honored to be recognized for this scholarship," said Di Pauli von Treuheim. "I am very grateful for the efforts of Lynn Evans (Union's Director of National Fellowships and Scholarships) in assisting with this process. I'm very excited about the opportunity this scholarship will provide."
"This a tremendous honor for Theo, he has shown tremendous dedication and hard work in the classroom," said Union coach Rick Bennett. "Theo is constantly striving to be the best in his field and has great interest in engineering. We are very proud that he was selected for such a prestigious scholarship."