Three Pioneers Win Major NCHC Individual Awards
Butcher Named Conference’s Player of the Year & Offensive Defenseman of the Year, Jaillet Named Goaltender of the Year & Borgström Captures Rookie of the Year Honors
March 16, 2017
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference held its Fourth Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday at the Muse Event Center, with three members of the Penrose Cup Champion DU Pioneers being recognized for their outstanding seasons by taking home prestigious trophies. Team Captain and Hobey Baker Award Finalist Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.) was named the Conference’s Player of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year while freshman forward Henrik Borgström (Helsinki, Finland) captured Rookie of the Year honors and junior netminder Tanner Jaillet (Red Deer, Alta.) took home the Goaltender of the Year Award.
A full list of winners from Thursday’s banquet can be found at NCHCHockey.com.
Butcher, 22, enters the NCHC Frozen Faceoff ranking T-2nd in the nation in scoring by a defenseman (38GP-6G-29A-35P) and fourth in plus/minus (+23). The Colorado Avalanche prospect earned First Team All-NCHC honors after finishing first in the conference in scoring by a defenseman (3G-22A-25P, 24GP) and was one of Denver's 16 Academic All-Conference honorees. In addition to being a HBA Finalist, he is also among the 10 student-athletes up for this year’s Senior CLASS Award.
Jaillet, 23, led all NCHC netminders with 16 victories and a winning pct. of .833 during the regular season, posting a 16-2-3 record in 22 in-conference starts. He also led all NCHC goaltenders with a 1.65 GAA and a .936 SV%. The Mike Richter Award semifinalist enters the Frozen Faceoff ranking T-8th in the NCAA in SV% (.929), 4th in GAA (1.84) and T-1st in wins (24).
Borgström, 19, was also named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team and captured Second Team All-Conference honors after leading all NCHC rookies with both 19 points and 12 goals in 20 in-conf. games this season. The Florida Panthers prospect enters the Frozen Faceoff leading Denver in scoring (21G-17A-38P, 33GP) and ranking third in the nation in points by a freshman (first in goals).
No. 1 Denver (28-6-4) continues its quest for a 2017 NCHC Playoff Championship on Friday at 6:30pm MT/7:30pm CT vs. No. 11 North Dakota (20-14-3) in Conference Semifinal action at Minneapolis’ Target Center (CBSSN/ESPN Denver 1600 AM). More information on the NCHC Frozen Faceoff including a complete Conference Postseason Bracket can be obtained by clicking HERE.