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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Wayne State men hand out yearly awards

The Wayne State University men's hockey team held its annual awards presentation on Saturday at Historic St. Andrew's on the WSU campus.

Senior defenseman Steve Kovalchik earned team Most Valuable Player honors after leading the squad with 19 assists and being named to the College Hockey America All-League Second Team. He also received the team's Best Defensive Player award.

Freshman forward Derek Punches was selected WSU's Rookie of the Year. He played in 31 contests recording 10 points on five goals and five assists. Among his five lamp-lighters were two power-play goals, a first goal and a game-tying goal.

Junior goaltender Will Hooper earned the President's Award for academic success. He has a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average in accounting during his tenure. Hooper has recorded a 4.00 in two of his three semesters at WSU.

Sophomore forward Derek Bachynski earned the Most Improved Player award after appearing in 32 games and recording 18 points. He had four points (all on goals) as a freshman. Bachynski led all WSU skaters in plus/minus and contributed two power-play goals, a first goal and a game-winner. His seven goals were tied for third on the team, while his 11 assists ranked third on the squad.

Sophomore forward Adam Krug (pictured) earned the Top Gun award after leading the team with 23 points. His seven goals were tied for third on the team, while his 16 assists ranked second on the squad.

Senior goalie Matt Kelly along with senior defenseman Greg Poupard were given the Captain's Award. Kelly made 19 starts as a senior recording 66 percent of WSU's victories. Poupard played in 33 contests equaling career-highs in assists and points.

Poupard was also the recipient of this year's Coaches' Award.

Photo by Mark Hicks/WestSide Photo.

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