OXFORD, Ohio – Austin Czarnik’s (Washington, Mich.) second-straight Gary DeLonge Team MVP award punctuated a Miami hockey team’s annual Night of Celebration banquet Saturday evening at the Shriver Center. The year-end event was sponsored by the Blue Line Club.
The evening began with a social half hour and silent auction where fans bid on memorabilia such as autographed jerseys, sticks and photographs. Director of Athletics David Sayler began the evening with remarks about the 2013-14 season and sophomore defenseman Matthew Caito delivered the invocation before a buffet style dinner.
Czarnik’s career-high 47 points garnered him his second-straight Gary DeLonge Team MVP. A Second-Team West All-American, Czarnik scored 13 goals and dished out 34 assists to land on the All-National Collegiate Hockey Conference First Team. Blake Coleman (Plano, Texas) and Riley Barber (Pittsburgh, Pa.) also earned nominations with Coleman ending up with the Bill Davidge Outstanding Offensive Player award after tying for the team lead with 19 goals and posting a career-high 28 points in only 27 games.
Senior forward Bryon Paulazzo (Redwood City, Calif.) claimed two awards, receiving the George Gwozdecky Blue Line Club Award and Scholar-Athlete Award. The senior recorded 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in 105 career games and carries a 3.0 grade-point average as a Sports Studies major.
Fellow senior forward Max Cook (Frankfort, Ill.) claimed the Berry Family Outstanding Senior Award after playing in 37 of Miami’s 38 games this season. In 111 games, Cook posted 23 points on seven goals and 16 assists. He also blocked a career-high 28 shots this season.
Sophomore Matthew Caito (Coto de Caza, Calif.) won the Mitch Korn Outstanding Defensive Player Award after leading the defense with 16 points (3g, 13a) while Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) claimed the Dr. Phillip Shriver Rookie of the Year award after posting 25 points (12g, 13a) in his first season at Miami.
Sophomore forward Alex Gacek (Dracut, Mass.) was voted the winner of the Tom Brown Unsung Hero Award after playing in 37 games on a variety of forward lines during the season. Freshman forward Justin Greenberg (Dallas, Texas) earned the Steve Cady Most Improved Player Award after posting all eight of his points in the second half of the season.
Miami’s Academic Coordinator/Learning Specialist Lynaye Stone began the award-filled evening by earning the Jim Grant “7th Player” Award, for her work helping the RedHawks excel in the classroom. The award is given to the person who impacts the team most off the ice.
Miami returns 25 of 27 players from its 2013-14 squad that advanced to the inaugural NCHC Championship Game. The regular season begins on Oct. 10 at Bowling Green.
Jim Grant “7th Player” Award – Lynaye Stone
George Gwozdecky Blue Line Club Award – Bryon Paulazzo
Scholar Athlete Award – Bryon Paulazzo
Tom Brown Unsung Hero Award – Alex Gacek
Dr. Phillip Shriver Rookie of the Year – Anthony Louis
Mitch Korn Outstanding Defensive Player – Matthew Caito
Steve Cady Most Improved Player – Justin Greenberg
Berry Family Outstanding Senior Award – Max Cook
Bill Davidge Outstanding Offensive Player – Blake Coleman
Gary DeLonge Most Valuable Player – Austin Czarnik