NH College Notebook: Londonderry's O'Connor receives major Hockey East award
O'Connor was named the recipient of the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, presented by the Hockey Commissioners Association.
As the Black Bears captain he was the liaison between the team and the school's administration during a transition to first-year head coach Red Gendron, a Berlin native. Gendron took over for Tim Whitehead, who coached Kimball Union Academy in Meriden this year.
He had two goals and seven assists for 34 points as a senior.
Brice's brother, Ian, plays forward for the Manchester Monarchs. Ian had a goal and eight assists for nine points in 20 games with the Monarchs going into Saturday night's game against Portland. Ian O'Connor, who played at Providence College, had two goals in 17 games with the Monarchs last season.
Three former University of New Hampshire hockey players who finished up their careers in a Hockey East championship game loss to UMass-Lowell three weeks ago, are about a half a dozen games into their pro careers. All are playing in the American Hockey League.
Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk joined the AHL's Rockford IceHogs after signing with the Chicago Blackhawks after UNH's season ended. Van Riemsdyk has not played since breaking his ankle in a game against Union in mid-January. He passed on his final year of collegiate eligibility to sign.
PLYMOUTH State University's Associate Athletic Director and former ski racing coach Kim Bownes has been named the 2014 Theo Kalikow Award winner for her efforts in advancing women's issues.
Bownes has been an administrator in the athletics department since 2008 and served as the men's and women's varsity ski coach for 21 years. She is the past recipient of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference MacConnell Division Coach of the Year award and the Walter Smith Coaches Award. She earned a bachelor's from McGill University and a master's from Plymouth State.
The Theo Kalikow Award is named after a former PSU administrator who has been an effective advocate for improving the status of women. The award honors a faculty or staff member who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women's issues and is presented annually by the PSU President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW).