April 16, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team has announced its team awards for the 2008-2009 season. The awards were presented at the team's annual banquet. Sophomore forward Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) was named the Team MVP, while senior defender Shane McAdam (Hamilton, Ontario) received the Dr. James M. Stewart Memorial Award. Freshman defenseman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) was awarded the Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award, while freshman forward Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) received the Seventh Player Award. Senior co-captain defender Marty Dams (Manotick, Ontario) previously received the Michael P. Quinn Award given to the best defensive Holy Cross hockey player over the course of the season.
Cyr led the Crusaders with 19 goals and 32 points. His 19 goals were the third most for a single-season on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list. He was also third on the team with 13 assists, while led the team with four game-winning goals. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week once during the season. In Holy Cross' three games against Hockey East teams, he had three goals and three assists for six points, with one assist against Providence, one goal and one assist at eventual national champion Boston University and two goals and one assist at No. 15 New Hampshire. This was Cyr's first season with the Crusaders as he transferred from RPI and had to sit out the 2007-2008 season athletically. Cyr is the first Holy Cross player from Manitoba.
The Dr. James M. Stewart Memorial Award is the Coaches Award given for commitment, leadership and performance. Despite missing most of the last two seasons due to an injury, McAdam was a major part of the team and was determined to contribute any way he could to help the team. He played in 66 career games with three goals and 16 assists for 19 points. As a freshman he scored three goals and had nine assists for 12 points, as he also played in the victory over Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament. McAdam has had major success in the classroom as he has made the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team in every season.
The Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award is given to the player who excels most in the little things and leads his teammates by example. Atkins played in all but one game during the season as he had an outstanding freshman season. He scored one goal and had 10 assists for 11 points, which were the second most points by a defender on the team.
Dams, who as a junior received the Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award, recorded four goals and 20 assists for 24 points in 124 career games. His 124 games played were the most by any Crusader on the 2008-2009 roster. As a senior he had a career-best two goals and five assists for seven points. As a junior he recorded a career-best seven assists and as a sophomore he had one goal and five assists for six points. As a freshman he played in the win over Minnesota and had one goal and three assists for four points on the season. His older brother Jeff, who is a 2004 Holy Cross graduate, was a member of the hockey team, while his younger brother Ian is a junior goalie on the team.
The Seventh Player Award is given to the player who performed above expectations. Silvia, who was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week once, tied for third on the team with 11 goals and ranked fourth with 21 points as he played in all 38 contests. He also scored two game-winning goals.