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Polacek Named to ECAC First Team

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, March 3, 2010

TROY - The stark improvement Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's hockey program exhibited this season was well reflected Monday when ECAC Hockey announced its all-league team.

Engineers junior center Chase Polacek, the league's leading scorer with 50 points (25-25-50), was named to the First Team.

"It's a great honor," Polacek said, "to be up there with all the top names, for me and the program. Maybe some day soon we can have four guys on the first team." Polacek is the first Rensselaer forward to garner a First Team selection since Marc Cavosie in 2002.

Rensselaer junior goaltender Allen York was named to the Second Team, while both Brandon Pirri and Jerry D'Amigo, two big stars of the freshman class that's had a big part in RPI's improvement, were both named to the All-Rookie Team.

The league's top two teams, Yale and Cornell, both placed two players on the First Team - Yale wingers Sean Backman and Broc Little and Cornell defenseman Brendon Nash and goalie Ben Scrivens.

Union's standout defenseman Mike Schrieber rounds out the talented First Team. Union senior right winger Mario Valery-Trabucco, second to Polacek among ECACH scorers (21-21-42) heads the Second Team.

Cornell's Colin Greening and Colgate's David McIntyre are the other forwards, while Yale's Thomas Dignard and Taylor Fedun of Princeton the defensemen.

Union freshman goalie Keith Kinkaid not only was the goalie on the All-Rookie Team, he was selected to the All-ECACH Third Team as well.

St. Lawrence placed two on the Third Team forward Travis Vermeulen and defenseman Derek Keller.

Rounding out the team are Dartmouth defenseman Evan Stephens and forwards Aaron Volpatti of Brown and Riley Nash of Cornell.

Others on the All-Rookie Team are Harvard forward Louie Leblanc and defensemen George Hughes of St. Lawrence and Nick D'Agostino of Cornell.

Scrivens was a lock for the First Team goaltender spot and York expressed some surprise that he landed the Second Team berth.

"Yeah, actually I was a little surprised when coach told me," he said.

"Individual awards are nice, something to look back on later."

"From a goalie standpoint, obviously it's a team thing because they help you out a lot," York said in tribute to his defensemen and backcheckers.

Pirri leads all ECACH freshmen in scoring and his 31 assists leads the entire league. "It's an honor but it doesn't mean that much," Pirri said. "I'm here to win a national championship, not these (individual) awards."

Pirri not only didn't list the all-league rookie team among his personal goals, "I didn't even know there was such an award."