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Men's Hockey Honors Seniors & Presents Awards at Annual Team Banquet

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 04/27/2013
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The Princeton men's hockey team held its annual team banquet on Friday, April 26 at the Nassau Inn in Princeton. The seniors of Mike Condon, James Kerr, Eric Meland, Rob Kleebaum, Will MacDonald and Michael Sdao were honored and five team awards were presented.

Condon and Sdao were unable to attend, as each had games with their respective American Hockey League teams. Each wrote a speech that was read by a classmate.

MacDonald won both the Vaughan Cup and the Tucker Ironman Award. The Vaughan Cup is awarded to the varsity player who best exemplifies perseverance and dedication to Princeton Hockey. The Tucker Ironman Award is presented to the member of the team who best exemplifies the Ironman spirit through his off-season preparation, commitment to conditioning and overall physical endurance. MacDonald won the Ironman Award last season as well. MacDonald played in every game this season, spending half the season playing with his hand in a cast. He finished the season with three goals and four assists. 

The Hobey Baker Trophy was presented to freshman Mike Ambrosia. The trophy is awarded annually to the team's freshman hockey player who, among his classmates, in play, sportsmanship and influence has contributed most to the sport, and has been handed out in each since 1950. Ambrosia led the rookies in scoring with six goals and five assists in 21 games. He missed nine games with an injury. Ambrosia was named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month for the month of January with six points on three goals and three helpers.

Princeton captain Jack Berger was the recipient of the 1941 Championship Trophy and was named as team captain for the 2013-14 season. It is presented annually to that varsity player who best reflected the winning spirit of the 1941 championship team and in so doing was an inspiration to his teammates. Berger played in every game this season and had 12 points on nine assists and three goals.

Junior Andrew Calof won The Blackwell Trophy for the second consecutive season. The Blackwell Trophy is awarded to the member of the team who in play, sportsmanship and influence has contributed most to the sport. Calof led Princeton in scoring for the third straight season with 36 points on 13 goals and 23 assists. He was named second-team All-ECAC and first-team All-Ivy League. He was named the HCA National Player of the Month in January after leading the nation in scoring with 12 points in five games.

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