Michigan Tech announced its yearly award winners recently and nine different players were honored.
John MacInnes Slide Rule Award (Scholastic Achievement)
This award annually goes to the player with the highest overall grade point average. The player must have been at Michigan Tech at least one full year. The award is named in honor of John MacInnes, who coached the Huskies for 26 seasons.
Wildcat Slayer Award
Awarded to a player for their outstanding performance against rival Northern Michigan.
Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award
This award is named after long-time Dean of Students and athletic supporter Harold Meese. Starting at Michigan Tech in 1950 as a professor in metallurgy, Meese became Dean of Students in 1959 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1984. During his retirement, Meese served five years (1989-94) in a volunteer capacity as the athletic department’s academic advisor.
Rick Yeo Unsung Hero Award
This award is named after former Michigan Tech hockey player, assistant coach and athletic director Rick Yeo.
George McCarthy Performance Award (Athletic & Academic Achievement)
Named after the late George McCarthy, a former hockey player at Michigan Tech and member of the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Elov Seger Memorial Award (Most Improved Player)
This award is named after Elov Seger, who passed away in the mid-1960s as a result of a brain tumor. Throughout his career, he battled against great odds and was always successful.
WINNER: Bradley Stebner
Norbert Matovich Award (Outstanding Freshman)
Norbert Matovich was a freshman athlete from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who was killed in a car accident in 1966 over Christmas break.
Gitzen-Loutit Memorial Award (Outstanding Defenseman)
The award is named after two Michigan Tech students, one a hockey player, Bob Gitzen, and Richard Loutit. Both were killed on Jan. 14, 1950, in a bus accident involving the varsity hockey team.
Gary Crosby Memorial Award (Leading Scorer)
Named after an outstanding varsity hockey player who led Michigan Tech in scoring his sophomore season. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings after his sophomore campaign and signed a pro contract. Unfortunately, he was killed in a car accident soon after.
WINNER: To be award at conclusion of season
Merv Young Award (Most Valuable Player)
This award is named in honor of a man who put his heart and soul into promoting hockey. The fact that hockey played such an important part in the life of the Copper Country is a tribute to his promotion. John W. Rice, publisher and editor of the Daily Mining Gazette, donated the trophy to the college and presented it to the first winner, Bob McManus, in 1955.