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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

WMU honors '07-08 award winners

Compiled by MiCHO Staff

Western Michigan honored its senior class and handed out its postseason awards at its annual banquet held at the Fetzer Center on Sunday afternoon.

Junior forward Patrick Galivan took home the Rob Hodge Most Valuable Player award. A native of Oak Park, Ill., Galivan led the Broncos in scoring with eight goals and 23 assists. The 2007-08 season was a career year across the board for Galivan. He played in a career-high 38 games and his goals and assists totals both set new career highs. Galivan also received the Vic Vanderberg Leading Scorer award.

Senior Nathan Ansell was named the Neil Smith Most Valuable Defenseman. Ansell led the team with 45 blocked shots and his six goals, a career-high, were tops among defensemen on the team. The Sarnia, Ontario native also finished with seven assists and his 13 points tied a career high that he set back during the 2005-06 season.

Jerry Kuhn received the Suzanne Klop Rookie of the Year award. Kuhn started 11 games in net and made 13 total appearances. The freshman from Southgate finished the season with a 2-9-1 record and sported a 2.75 goals-against average and a .916 save-percentage.

Freshman Patrick Nagorsen took home the Ed Edwards Most Improved Player award. His offensive and defensive play improved during the season and culminated in the scoring of his first goal against then-No. 11 Notre Dame. Nagorsen beat a Notre Dame defender to a loose puck, making a quick move to free the puck from the falling defender. He skated in and scored a breakaway-shorthanded goal for the first of his career.

Sophomore Cam Watson was awarded with the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association Grinder award. Watson had a career year, leading the team with 10 goals, playing in 38 games and contributing six assists on the season.

Tyler Ludwig received the Bill Saunders Plus/Minus award for finishing with a plus/minus of zero on the season. Ludwig, a sophomore, also led all defensemen with 15 points, coming on four goals and 11 assists.

Junior Dave Krisky took home two awards during the banquet. Krisky received the Catherine Lawson Sportsmanship award and also received the Peter Eillis Academic Achievement Award. He sports a 3.95 grade-point average in finance and played in 26 games during the season, scoring one goal and adding seven assists.

The senior class (pictured) of Ansell, Brian Bicek, Mike Lesperance, Jeff Pierce and Jonathan Lupa got a chance to share memories of their Bronco careers while being honored by the team and coaching staff.

Photo courtesy GS Photo

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