March 19, 2013
BC senior Steven Whitney has been named the 61st recipient of the Walter Brown Award
Boston College senior forward Steven Whitney has been named the 61st recipient of the Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced on Tuesday.
Whitney finished first in the final balloting ahead of runner-up Eric Hartzell of Quinnipiac and third-place finisher and teammate Johnny Gaudreau.
The Walter Brown Award is the oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor. It was established in 1953 and named for the coach of the 1933 Massachusetts Rangers, which was the first American team to win the World Championship.
Whitney is the 19th BC player to earn the award and joins goaltender John Muse, who captured the honor in 2011, as two Eagle recipients in the last three years. Whitney also joins two of his Boston College coaches – Jerry York (1967) and Greg Brown (1990) – as Walter Brown Award recipients.
Whitney has recorded a career-high 43 points, including a league-best 25 goals, in 36 games in 2012-13. He ranks second among all players in college hockey in goals per game (0.69) and game-winning goals (six). The 5-foot-7, 167-pound forward checks in fourth on the national leaderboard with a +23 rating and 11th in points per game (1.19).
A native of Reading, Mass. and Lawrence Academy graduate, Whitney leads all players in college hockey in scoring down the stretch. He has scored 13 goals and 22 points in the third period of play.
In his stellar four-year career, Whitney has recorded 126 points – 54 goals and 72 assists – in 158 career games.
BC is back in action on Friday, March 22 against Boston University in the tournament's second semifinal game at 8 p.m. at TD Garden. Both semifinal games as well as Saturday's league championship are broadcast regionally by NESN and nationally by NBC Sports Network.