BOSTON, Mass. - Holy Cross sophomore forward Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) has been named one of 15 semifinalists for the 59th Walter Brown Award as announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Ray Gallant. The award is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Linsmayer is the first semifinalist from Holy Cross since James Sixsmith earned the honor in the 2006-2007 season. He is the sixth Crusader to be named a semifinalist for this award in the program's history, along with Sixsmith, Jim Stewart, Patrick Rissmiller, Tony Coskren and Tony Quesada.
The Gridiron Club plans to announce the finalists and winner of the 59th Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play. The award will be presented to the winner at the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner in April. The candidates include nine players from Hockey East, five from the ECAC Hockey League and one from Atlantic Hockey. The slate comprises nine forwards, four goalies and two defensemen.
For the season, Linsmayer leads the team with a career-best 30 points and a career-best 20 assists, while he is tied for first with a career-best 10 goals. The Crusaders are 6-0-1 in their last seven games and have won six straight. Linsmayer has led the Crusaders in this stretch with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points. For his career, Linsmayer has 14 goals and 35 assists for 49 points in 67 games.