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Goaltender Marrotte Named Clarkson Hockey MVP

The Clarkson Men's Hockey team recently announced team award winners for the 2019-20 season with eight Golden Knights recognized for their efforts.

Headlining the list of recipients was Frank Marotte who was presented with the Bill Harrison Clarkson Most Valuable Player Award in honor of the successful Clarkson coach of the late 1940s and 1950s. Marotte made a huge impression at Clarkson and in ECAC Hockey as one of the top goaltenders in the nation. Starting all 34 games and playing all but 44 minutes in the Golden Knights' crease, the senior transfer backstopped the Green and Gold to their best regular-season record in 23 years and most conference victories since 1998-99. Marotte helped to lead Clarkson to a 23-8-3 overall record, the ninth spot in the final NCAA Pairwise and a second-place 16-5-1 ECAC Hockey mark. The Longueuil, Quebec native rated among the best in the NCAA in all the major goaltending categories. He posted the highest single-season save percentage ever at Clarkson (.938) and was fourth in the nation. He had a 1.78 goals against average (4th), a .721 winning percentage (6th) and was tied for eighth in shutouts (4). Marotte earned CCM/AHCA Second-Team All-American honors and was selected ECAC Hockey's Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year and First-Team League All-Star.

Jack Jacomewas honored with the Mike Morrison Dedication Award for teamwork, hustle and dedication. The award is named in honor of the former Clarkson captain who died in a work accident on July 27, 1989. A junior right wing, Jacome was a dominant player up front whose play was not always reflected on the scoresheet. The Caledon, Ontario native was the Green and Gold's sixth leading scorer with 17 points on six goals 11 assists through 34 games. He shared the team lead in game-winning goals (3).

Named Clarkson's Best Defensive Forward,Josh Dunnewas a top two-way center in ECAC Hockey and earned the league's Best Defensive Forward Award along with being named a Third-Team All-Conference All-Star. The junior from O'Fallon, Missouri was the Green and Gold's third-leading scorer while centering the Knights' top lines. He recorded 13 (8-5) of his 27 points (13-14) in ECAC play. Dunne tallied a team-high eight power-play goals for the Knights' 14th ranked unit and also scored a shorthanded marker. An assistant captain, he led the Knights at the faceoff circle, winning 51.4% (307-290) of his draws and was first among Clarkson forwards in blocked shots (37), and tied for second on the team in plus-minus rating (+9).

For the second straight year,Greg Moro was chosen as Clarkson's Best Defenseman. A stalwart on the Golden Knights' blueline and a team leader as an assistant captain in his senior campaign, Moro skated in 32 games and played a key role in Clarkson's third-ranked defensive effort. The Edmonton, Alberta native was second on the team in blocked shots with 43 and tallied seven points, including six assists. He connected for the overtime game-winner in 2-1 victory at Brown (11/22).

The Richmond Most Improved Award named in honor of loyal Clarkson Hockey followers Connie and Ernie Richmond was presented to Connor McCarthy for the second consecutive season. The junior made a big impact offensively from the blueline as the leading goal scorer in the ECAC among defensemen. Named a Second-Team ECAC Hockey All-Star, McCarthy played a key role on the Knights' 14th ranked power play with six of his nine goals coming with the man-advantage. The LaSalle, Quebec native was Clarkson's fifth leading scorer with 20 points, including 11 assists, after recording a combined 15 points (4-11) through his first two seasons. 

Chris Klackwas chosen as Clarkson's Ironman, presented to the team member who most demonstrated the will and determination to overcome his injuries and contribute to the team. The sophomore left wing, who scored the overtime game-winner in the 2019 ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship game, battled through injuries this season to play in 29 games. The Georgetown, Ontario native scored five goals and recorded three assists. A key penalty killer on Knight's top-rated unit, Klack also scored a shorthanded goal. He was penalized for only two, two-minute minors for the 2019-20 season.

Dustyn McFaul was named the Knights' Rookie of the Year. A 2018 Boston Bruins draft choice, McFaul enjoyed a solid campaign on the Knights' veteran blueline as an unassuming stay-at-home defenseman. He skated in 31 of 34 games and recorded seven points, including six assists. The Waterdown, Ontario native posted a solid +7 plus/minus rating and blocked 25 shots.

Zach Tsekos was presented with the Fran Neragin Award, which honors the memory of the local businessperson and loyal Clarkson hockey booster who passed away in 1984. It is awarded annually to a Golden Knight who displays unselfish play and sportsmanship both on and off the ice while combining a high level of play. Tsekos was also honored with Clarkson Hockey's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. A standout on the ice and in the classroom, Tsekos made a big impression in his first season playing for the Golden Knights. The junior center was Clarkson's fourth leading scorer with 26 points on eight goals and 18 assists through 34 games. Named ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year, the Montreal, Quebec native compiled a 4.00 grade point average, majoring in Mathematical Economics.

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