May 11, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior forward James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) will serve as captain for the 2006-07 Holy Cross men's hockey team as announced by the hockey program. Graduating seniors Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) and Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) were name Team Co-MVPs, while graduating senior Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) received the Dr. James M. Stewart Memorial Award. Senior defenseman Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario) received two honors as he was awarded the Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award and the Seventh Player Award. Quesada also earned the Michael P. Quinn Award given to the team defensive player of the year.
Sixsmith reached 100 career points this past season as a junior making him the 37th Crusader to reach that milestone. He finished third on the team in scoring with 40 points as he scored 12 goals and added 28 assists. His 12 goals ranked fourth on the team and his 28 assists were tied for second. Sixsmith's 105 career points with 31 goals and 74 assists are currently ranked 34th on the Holy Cross all-time points list. He was named the 2006 Atlantic Hockey Tournament MVP as he had three goals and five assists for eight points in the three games, including scoring two goals and adding an assist in the 4-1 win over UConn in the semifinals on March 17.
McGregor had an outstanding senior season as he earned Third Team Inside College Hockey All-American and Third Team USCHO All-American honors, while he received the USCHO Sportsmanship Award, NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team honors, Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Year, Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Scoring Champion and the Atlantic Hockey Sportsmanship Award. At the NCAA Tournament he had two goals and two assists, including his sudden-death overtime game-winning goal in the 4-3 win over Minnesota on March 24, giving the Crusaders their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. He led the team in goals (26) and points (54), while he was tied for second in assists (28). His .68 goals per game ranked him sixth in the country, while his 1.42 points per game was seventh nationally. McGregor's 13 power play goals this season tied the school record and were fifth in the nation. He concluded his Holy Cross career with 70 goals and 67 assists for 137 points in 143 games. McGregor is tied for 15th all-time at Holy Cross in points and is second in games played. He was also named the 2004-2005 Team MVP. McGregor was just recently named the 2005-06 Crusader of the Year by the Holy Cross Varsity Club.
Quesada set three single-season records at Holy Cross this season and holds five of the six all-time goaltending records. His 22 wins, 30 games played and 1773:00 minutes played are all single-season records, while his .767 winning percentage was second best in the nation this year. Quesada's .925 save percentage this season tied his own single-season school record he set in the 2003-04 season. He ranks first all-time in wins (61), save percentage (.915), goals against average (2.50), games played (105) and minutes played (6033:54), while he is second in saves (2700). Quesada was a Walter Brown Award Semifinalist, while he earned a spot on the Atlantic Hockey All-Conference Second Team and the Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team. He won the Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Goaltending Award for his 2.22 goal against average in league games and was named the Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week five times during the season and eight times in his career. Quesada just recently earned the John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award given by the Holy Cross Varsity Club.
The Dr. James M. Stewart Memorial Award is the Coaches Award given for commitment, leadership and performance. Napert-Frenette led team in assists (29), while he was second on the team in goals (16) and points (45). He earned a spot on the Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team for scoring two goals and dishing out five assists for seven points in the three games, while he was named to the Atlantic Hockey Second Team. Napert-Frenette holds the career record for games played at Holy Cross (146) and is 14th all-time in points (138).
The Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award is given to the player who excels most in the little things and leads his teammates by example. The Seventh Player Award is given to the player who performed above expectations. Godfrey was solid on defense all year as he earned the Atlantic Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman Award. On the offensive end he finished the season ninth on the team in scoring and set career highs in goals (4), assists (12), points (16) and games played (39).