April 16, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team has announced its team awards for the 2006-07 season. The awards were presented at the team's annual banquet on April 15. Senior captain James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) was named the Team MVP, while senior assistant captain Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario) received the Dr. James M. Stewart Memorial Award. Junior defenseman Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) was awarded the Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award and junior Matt Werry (Regina, Saskatchewan) received the Seventh Player Award.
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's 1.34 points per game ranked fifth nationally and second in the conference, while his .86 assists per game ranked fifth in the country and third in the league. He was named to the Atlantic Hockey all-conference first team, while he was 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. Sixsmith received the USCHO.com National Sportsmanship Award and the Atlantic Hockey Sportsmanship Award. He is the Holy Cross Division I all-time points (152) and assists (104) leader. He also scored 48 career 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. In 2006, Sixsmith earned Atlantic Hockey Tournament MVP accolades. Sixsmith is a two-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team.
The Dr. James M. Stewart Memorial Award is the Coaches Award given for commitment, leadership and performance. Godfrey had an outstanding career as a defenseman. He played in a 121 career games with nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points, including four goals and seven assists for 11 points as a senior and a four goals and 12 assists for 16 points as a junior. In 2005-06, Godfrey was named the Atlantic Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman, while he received the Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award and the Seventh Player Award.
The Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award is given to the player who excels most in the little things and leads his teammates by example. Burke had an outstanding junior season as a defenseman as he finished fourth on the team in scoring with two goals and 16 assists for 18 points. Burke played in all 35 games this season and has only missed two games in his career so far as he has 12 goals, 39 assists and 51 points in 108 career games. Burke assisted on the game-winning sudden-death overtime goal in the 4-3 victory over Minnesota in the NCAA West Regional Semifinals on March 24, 2006.
The Seventh Player Award is given to the player who performed above expectations. Werry had five goals and three assists for eight points this season. His five goals and eight points were career-highs, while his three assists tied his career-high. For his career, Werry has eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in 81 games. He earned a spot on the 2006 Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team.