March 20, 2003
DETROIT – Ohio State men’s hockey junior goalie Mike Betz (Elizabeth, Pa.) is the winner of the 2003 Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian Award, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced at its annual awards banquet Wednesday at Fox Theatre in Detroit.
The Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian Award is given to the league’s top citizen based on his contributions off the ice as well as on, to his team, his program, his school and his community. Betz was recognized for his missionary work with the children of Tanzania last summer, as well as for the charity dinner he organized that raised over $9,200 for STEMM (Sioux Land Tanzania Educational and Medical Ministries).
In addition, Betz received CCHA Goalie of the Year accolades after leading the league in goals-against average in conference play (2.21). He also was recognized for his second-team All-CCHA showing.
Buckeye junior forward and leading scorer R.J. Umberger received the Perani Cup for Ohio State for the third consecutive season for leading Ohio State in three stars of the game accolades in conference play. Umberger also was a finalist for CCHA Player of the Year and was honored for his spot on the All-CCHA First Team.
Buckeye senior captain Scott Titus was honored for his placement on the CCHA All-Academic Team.
Ferris State’s Bob Daniels was recognized as the coach of the year, while Bulldog senior forward Chris Kunitz garnered player of the year and leading scorer accolades. Michigan’s Jeff Tambellini was the rookie of the year and the Wolverines’ Jed Ortmeyer earned best defensive forward honors. Michigan State’s John-Michael Liles and Brad Fast were named best offensive and best defensive defenseman, respectively. The Spartans’ Brian Maloney received the Terry Flanagan Memorial Award, given to the comeback player of the year. The Buckeyes return to action in the quarterfinal round of the CCHA Super Six at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Thursday. The No. 3 seed Buckeyes will face No. 6 Notre Dame at 4:05 p.m.