COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following the close of the 2009-10 season, the Ohio State men’s Hockey heam handed out its annual awards. All-American Zac Dalpe was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player and a number of his teammates were also recognized.
Dalpe (So., Paris, Ontario) was voted the Bobby Brown Most Valuable Player by his teammates. The Buckeyes’ seventh All-American, and the first since R.J. Umberger in 2003, led the team and league in goals (21), and led his teammates in points (45) and power-play goals (8), ranking second in assists (24), while playing in all 39 games. The CCHA second leading scorer also earned All-CCHA first team honors as voted by the conference’s coaches. He signed a professional contract with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes following the season.
Defenseman Sean Duddy (So., Ann Arbor, Mich.) received the Center Ice Club Scholar-Athlete award. Duddy, a finance major, earned a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten Team and was named an Ohio State Scholar Athlete and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for a G.P.A. over 3.7. Duddy had four assists in 30 games this season.
Jeff McNeil (Fr., Mulliken, Mich.) was named the Most Improved Player by his teammates and was also chosen for the Coaches Award. In his freshman campaign, McNeil proved to be one of the team’s best defensive forwards and logged time on the penalty kill unit.
Devon Krogh (Fr., West Vancouver, British Columbia) was tabbed the George Burke Most Valuable Freshman. The defenseman led the Buckeye rookies with three goals, six assists and nine points in 32 games.
Chris Reed (Jr., Solon, Ohio) was voted the Joseph W. Smith Best Defensive Player by his teammates. Reed ranked second on the team with a +13 rating. He was third in scoring among defensemen with one goal and nine assists for 10 points, playing in all 39 games.
Forward John Albert (Jr., Concord, Ohio) received the Scarlet and Gray Award. The award, voted on by the off-ice officials, is given to the most intense competitor. Albert finished the season ranked third on the team with 30 points, including a second best 24 assists.
As a team, the Buckeyes ended the season 15-18-6 and 10-12-6 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The squad advanced to the quarterfinals of the CCHA Tournament before falling to Miami, two games to one.