Hockey East Secures A Sweep Of College Hockey's Major Awards.

UMass' Cale Makar, who recently joined Colorado Avalanche for their playoff run, became the school's first Hobey Baker Award winner in addition to a bevy of other honors.

Meanwhile, Northeastern's Cayden Primeau, who has signed with the Montreal Canadiens organization, took home the Mike Richter Award as college hockey's top goaltender. He made three All-America teams as well.

In addition to other honors, UMass' Greg Carvel was given the Spencer Penrose Award as the NCAA Division I coach of the year after guiding the Minutemen to their first Frozen Four appearance and first regular-season Hockey East title.

That's not all.

Joel Farabee made the most of his only season at Boston University, earning the Tim Taylor Award as college hockey's best freshman. He recently signed with the Philadelphia Flyers organization. 

This is the first time Hockey East players and coaches have swept all four awards in the same year. 

The only other time those associated with the conference have won the Hobey Baker, Penrose, and Taylor awards in the same year was 2009 when the honors all went to Boston University—Matt Gilroy (Hobey Baker), John Parker (Penrose), and Kieran Millan (Taylor).

Here is a complete rundown of how Hockey East fared during college hockey's award season:

Cale Makar, UMass

Awards: Hobey Baker; U.S. College Hockey Player of the Year; unanimous Hockey East Player of the Year; Leonard Fowle Award (New England Player of the Year); American Hockey Coaches Association, U.S. College Hockey, and College Hockey News First Team All-American; New England All-Star; First Team Hockey East; NCAA Northeast Regional Most Outstanding Player. 

Overview: Makar, UMass' first Hobey Baker winner, clearly established himself as college hockey's top talent during his sophomore season, jumping straight to the NHL as a result. 

Only Makar, Michigan State's Taro Hirose, and St. Cloud State's Patrick Newell were named First Team All-Americans by the AHCA, U.S. College Hockey, and College Hockey News. The last UMass First Team All-American was Justin Braun in 2010. 

Makar is the first defenseman named outright Hockey East Player of the Year since Maine's Chris Imes in 1994-95 and is the first UMass player to take home the award. 

He finished with 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists) in 41 games. That's the most points by a defenseman since Denver's Matt Carle totaled 53 (11-42) in 2005-06 and more than double his output of last season (5-16-21) in 34 games.

Makar was second in the nation and tops among defensemen with a plus-32. He was also third in points and and assists, sixth in assists per game (0.39), and eighth in points per game (1.20). In all, Makar had a hand in 32.5 percent of UMass goals. 

He also had 15 power-play points (2-13), 41 blocked shots, a game-winning goal, and seven game-winning assists along with a seven-game point streak and 12 multi-point games. The Minutemen were 25-3 when Makar recorded at least a point, and just 6-7 when he did not. 

Makar, a third team Hockey East pick as a freshman, finished his college career with 70 points (21-49) in 75 games. 

Signed by the Avalanche on April 16, two days after UMass' loss to Minnesota-Duluth, Makar wasted little time proving he belongs in the NHL.

He scored the game-winning goal as Colorado beat the Calgary Flames in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. He is the first player to make his NHL debut in the postseason and score a goal since the New York Rangers' Lauri Korpikoski in 2008. 

Makar added an assist later in the series. 

Cayden Primeau, Northeastern 

Awards: Mike Richter Award, AHCA and College Hockey News First Team All-American, U.S. College Hockey Second Team All-American, New England All-Star, Hockey East Tournament MVP, First Team Hockey East.

Overview: The sophomore was on fire during a 12-game stretch late in the season (Feb. 11 - March 23). Primeau posted an 11-1 record during that time with a 1.34 goals-against average and .970 saves percentage as Northeastern won the Hockey East Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament. 

Overall, the son of 15-year NHL veteran Keith Primeau finished with a 25-9-1 record as a starter, good enough for third in the nation in victories and seventh in winning percentage (.708). 

He was also fifth in saves percentage (.933), tied for eighth in games started (36), and ninth in both saves (1,026) and minutes played (2, 128). Primeau was the only goalie in the country ranked among the top nine in all six of those categories. He also had a 2.09 goals-against average and four shutouts. 

Last season, Primeau was sixth in the nation with a .931 saves percentage, and he is only goaltender in the nation with a saves percentage of better than .930 in each of the past two seasons.

Recently, Primeau was the only non-NHL player among the first 17 named to Team USA for the World Ice Hockey Championships next month in Slovakia. 

His two-year record at Northeastern was 44-18-6 with eight shutouts. He was also a First Team Hockey East pick and New England All Star last season, as well as a Richter finalist. Primeau also shared Hockey East's Rookie of the Year award with Makar. 

Mitchell Chaffee, UMass

Awards: AHCA First Team All-American, U.S. College Hockey Second Team All-American, Herb Gallagher Award (New England's best forward), New England All-Star, and First Team Hockey East.

Overview: With 42 points (18-24) in 40 games, the sophomore nearly doubled his total from last season (13-11-24). 

His totals included 15 power-play goals (seven goals, eight assists), four game-winning goals, four game-winning assists, and 12 multi-point games. Chaffee had only three power-play and one game-winning goal last season.

He also won 53 percent (49 of 93) of his faceoffs and was a plus-21 after a minus-five showing as a freshman.

After just 13 points (8-5) in Hockey East regular-season games a year ago, Chaffee was Hokey East's leading scorer in conference-only games with 31 points (9-22). The Minutemen were 23-3 when Chaffee recorded at least one and just 8-7 when he did not. 

Chaffee and Makar give UMass two First Team All-Americans in the same year since the program became Division I in 1993-94. 

Joel Farabee, Boston University 

Awards: Tim Taylor Award (college hockey's best freshman), U.S. College Hockey Rookie of the Year, Hockey East All-Rookie team, College Hockey News All-Rookie team, Hockey East Rookie of the Year, George Carens Award (New England's top rookie).

Overview: Farabee led all of the nation's freshmen with 131 shots on goal while finishing with 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 37 games. 

Also among freshmen, he tied for first in short-handed goals (three) and was second in points per game (0.97) and game-winning goals (five). Farabee was also third in goals, points, goals per game (0.46), and power-play points (5-10-15). 

He also had 10 multi-point games.

As Farebee went this season, so went Boston University. The team was 13-8-3 when he recorded at least a point and only 3-10-1 when he did not.

Jeremy Davies, Northeastern

Awards: AHCA Second Team All-American, U.S. College Hockey Third Team All-American, New England All Star, First Team Hockey East, Hockey East All-Tournament team.

Overview: With 36 points (eight goals, 28 assists), Davies, who recently signed with the New Jersey Devils organization, became the first defenseman to lead Northeastern in scoring since Jim Fahey in 2001-02. His point total is also good for sixth among the country's defensemen. 

He is the first Northeastern blueliner since Dan McGillis (1994-95, 1995-96) to record at least 30 points in consecutive seasons as well. 

Davies ranked fifth in the country in power-play assists (17) and tied for eighth in power-play points (21). He also had eight multi-point games and seven game-winning assists while blocking 58 shots. 

Davies, who was a plus-eight this season, earned First Team All-American honors, in addition to being name a New England All Star and Hockey East First Team pick last season. 

He finished with 94 career points (22-72), including 11 power-play goals and 161 blocked shots in 111 games.

Josh Wilkins, Providence

Awards: AHCA and U.S. College Hockey Second Team All-American, First Team Hockey East, New England All Star. 

Overview: Moving from right wing to center served the junior well, as Wilkins finished with 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) in 40 games after netting 31 in each of his first two seasons.

Wilkins, who signed with the Nashville Predators organization last week, is the first Friar to reach 45 points since 2003. He ranked ninth in the country in points, 10th in goals, and posted a plus-9 mark.

Wilkins fashioned the nation's longest point streak this season at 13 games and also finished with two game-winning goals and eight game-winning assists. He totaled 13 multi-point games and 17 power-play points (8-9) as well.

A major reason Providence returned to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2015 was Wilkins' play down the stretch. He has 17 points, including 11 goals, in the Friars' final 10 games. 

Wilkins finished his career with 108 points (48-60) in 119 games, including 17 power-play goals and 10 game-winning goals 

Over the past two seasons, Providence was 34-9-7 when Wilkins registered at least one point, compared to 14-15-3 when he did not.

David Cotton, Boston College

Awards: AHCA Second Team All-American, U.S. College Hockey Honorable Mention All-American, New England All-Star, Hockey East All-Tournament team, First Team Hockey East.

Overview: The junior busted out this season with 23 goals, four more than in his first two years combined with the Eagles. Cotton finished tied for second in the nation in goals and tied for fourth in goals per game (0.59).

He added 13 assists for 36 points in 39 games, including 14 power-play points (8-6). Cotton, who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2015, also had four game-winning goals, two game-winning assists, and nine multi-point games. 

The Eagles were 11-10-2 when Cotton recorded at least one point this season and only 3-12-1 when he did not.

Voted Boston College's team captain for next season, Cotton has 88 career points (42-46) in 116 games with 16 power-play and 10 game-winning goals.

Coach Greg Carvel, UMass

Awards: Spencer Penrose Award (college hockey coach of the year), U.S. College Hockey Coach of the Year, Hockey East Coach of the Year. 

Overview: UMass had accomplished little since becoming a Division I program in 1993-94 before beginning a rapid rise upon Carvel's arrival in 2016. 

After just three winning seasons and never winning more than 21 games between 1994 to 2018, the Minutemen erupted for a 31-10 record this season and reached the National Championship game with their first-ever NCAA Tournament victories. 

UMass was 18-6 in Hockey East and put together a school-record nine-game winning streak from from Oct. 26 to Nov. 30, 2018.

The Minutemen were the nation's best power-play unit this season, converting on 28.5 percent of their chances. UMass was also third in goals per game (3.68), fifth in penalty killing (.869), and tied for seventh in goals-against (2.02).

UMass won five games in Carvel's first year before improving to 17-20-2 last season.

In the past 25 years, the only other coach to take a team to the national championship game after finishing under .500 the previous season is Boston College's Jerry York in 1997-98. 

Overall, including his four seasons at St. Lawrence, Carvel's career mark is 125-122-19. 

He went to Stanley Cup finals as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators before joining the St. Lawrence coaching staff in 2011-12 and becoming head coach the next season.

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