Borisenok, Kipp named captains for 2011-2012

By Staff Report
On April 19, 2011

Juniors Mike Borisenok and Damon Kipp were named the 107th and 108th captains in the history of the UNH hockey program for the 2011-12 season, announced at the annual team awards banquet Saturday evening at the Huddleston Hall Ballroom.

In addition, juniors Blake Kessel and Stevie Moses were named the alternate captains for the upcoming season.

Senior forward Paul Thompson was presented the Roger A. Leclerc Award as the team's Most Valuable Player for the 2010-11 season.

Thompson was also the recipient of the Ted Karmeris Fan Favorite Award and The Guy Smith Award, given annually to the best offensive player on the team. Thompson, who was recently named an AHCA All-America first teamer, adds these awards to an already lengthy list of 2010-11 accomplishments.

Borisenok was also named the recipient of the Warren Brown Award, which is given annually to the best defensive forward on UNH's roster. Borisenok, who is a two-time winner of this award, centered UNH's second line, which was often used in short-handed and other odd-man situations.

Kipp also received the SOC Nate Hardy Ironman Award as the Wildcat player who excels in the weight room through a 15-event competition during fall dry-land training.  The award was named in honor of Nate Hardy, a Navy SEAL who was killed in action in Iraq in early February 2008. Nate entered the Navy after graduating from Oyster River High School in 1997. In his short career, he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer, served in four SEAL team deployments, and earned numerous medals including two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.  Nate was the son of Donna and Stephen Hardy, both long-time employees at UNH.

Kessel was also awarded the Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award for his impressive defensive play throughout the season. He became the first Wildcat since Brian Yandle (2005, 2006), and seventh in program history, to earn All-America twice in his career. Yandle, Colin Hemingway (2002, 2003), Ty Conklin (2000, 2001), Jason Krog (1997, 1999), Ralph Cox (1978, 1979) and Gordie Clark (1973, 1974) were also repeat honorees. Kessel, a 2010-11 Hockey East First-Team All-Star, continued to backbone the UNH defense in his junior season.

Sophomore Connor Hardowa earned the Most Improved Player Award for 2010-11 season. In a year where the Wildcats' backbone was its solid defensive play, Hardowa was an invaluable part of the UNH blueliners. Hardowa's +13 rating was the second best by a New Hampshire defenseman. Hardowa scored just two points in 29 games as a freshman and exploded for 13 points, third-best by a UNH defender in 2010-11.

Sophomore defenseman Brett Kostolansky earned the Robert Kullen Award, which is given to the unsung hero of the Wildcats.  Kostolansky skated with Kessel on UNH's top defensive pairing all season. A pivotal part of the Wildcat power play, Kostolansky recorded 19 points on five goals and 14 assists. His 14 assists were second to only Kessel among UNH defenders.

Senior captain Mike Sislo garnered the Charles E. Holt Coaches Award, as voted by the coaching staff for the player who made large contributions both on and off the ice. Sislo capped his Wildcat career with 15 goals and 33 assists for 48 points in 39 games during the 2011 season. Sislo ranked 22nd in the nation in points per game and 10th in assists per game. He led Hockey East in assists and also ranked fifth in the league in points as well as 11th in goals. In 154 career games, Sislo tallied 51 goals and 65 assists for 116 points. He is one of just 46 players in UNH men's hockey history to record 50+ goals and 50+ assists.

Senior forward Greg Manz won the SID Knight Award that is presented to the player with the best grade point average on the team. Manz, who also won this award as a junior, is a four-time Hockey East All-Academic Team selection.

UNH Assistant Athletic Director for Hockey Operations Colin Shank was named the recipient of the Snively Citizenship and Service Award. The Whoop Snively Citizenship and Service Award is presented to the person who has distinguished himself through his citizenship and service to the University and the community.  This award was established in 2009 by Timothy J. Churchard ‘67 to honor his coach and mentor - A. Barr "Whoop" Snively who was the hockey, lacrosse and football coach at UNH from 1953-1964.  Shank was honored for his contributions to the hockey program and beyond.

Junior forward Cam Atkinson of Boston College was named the recipient of the Terry Morton Most Worthy Opponent Award. Atkinson was a Hobey Baker "Hat Trick" finalist, led the nation in points and helped Maine to the Hockey East title game last season.

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