April 5, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior captain James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) has earned the USCHO.com National Sportsmanship Award. Sixsmith also received the Atlantic Hockey Sportsmanship Award on March 15. This is the second straight season that a Crusader has earned both awards as Tyler McGregor accomplished this feat last season.
A four-year member of the Holy Cross men's hockey team, Sixsmith is the Holy Cross Division I all-time points (152) and assists (104) leader. He also scored 48 goals. Sixsmith is tied for eighth on the all-time points list with 152, dating back to the first varsity season in 1966-67. His 142 games played rank third all-time at the school.
Sixsmith had an outstanding senior season as he led the Crusaders in goals (17), assists (30) and points (47). His 30 assists tied current San Jose Shark Patrick Rissmiller for the Holy Cross Division I single-season assists record. Sixsmith 1.34 points per game are sixth nationally and second in the conference, while his .86 assists per game are fifth in the country and third in the league. He was named to the Atlantic Hockey all-conference first team, while he is also just the fifth Holy Cross player to be named a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
Last season, Sixsmith earned Atlantic Hockey Tournament MVP accolades.
Sixsmith has signed an ATO with the American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Sound Tigers are the affiliate of the New York Islanders. Sixsmith has played in three games, scoring two goals and dishing out one assist. In his professional debut on March 30 against the Hartford Wolf Pack, he earned his first point on an assist, while on March 31 he netted two goals against the Hershey Bears.