Stastney named Notre Dame hockey MVP

South Bend Tribune

Senior defenseman Spencer Stastney received the Notre Dame Monogram Club’s most valuable player award at a Sunday gathering in the Compton Family Ice Arena at which coach Jeff Jackson’s Fighting Irish (27-11-0) learned they would play North Dakota (24-13-1) in the upcoming NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament.

Stastney, who received Big Ten honorable mention for his play this season in helping the Irish to a third-place finish and 27-11 overall record, is currently tied for second on the team in scoring with 27 points on seven goals and 20 assists.  The Mequon, Wisconsin, resident leads the team in plus/minus ratio at +19 and is second on the team in blocked shots with 67.

Junior forward Max Ellis, who scored 16 goals and 12 assists and was named to the all-Big Ten second team, received the Brian “Dukie” Walsh Offensive Player of the Year award. The William Donald Nyrop Defensive Player of the Year award went to graduate defenseman Adam Karashik, who transferred from Connecticut and leads the Irish in blocked shots with 90 while also scoring 16 points.

Freshman center Hunter Strand received the rookie of the year award after scoring eight goals and seven assists for 15 points. Senior center Cam Burke won the most improved player award for totaling eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points.

Senior defenseman Charlie Raith received two awards – the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award and the Charles “Lefty” Smith Coaches’ Award (which he shared with backup goaltender Conor Klaers).

Finally, senior center Graham Slaggert was honored with the Compton Family Leadership in Service Award for the work he has done off the ice with various fund-raising efforts.

Notre Dame and North Dakota meet in the first round of the Albany (New York) Regional Thursday at 6 p.m.

COLLEGE HOCKEY POLLS

MARCH 21, 2022

USA TODAY/USA HOCKEY MAGAZINE (COACHES)

1. Minnesota State (CCHA) (20 first-place votes) (35-5-0) 493 points (1 Last Week); 2. Michigan (Big Ten) (13 first-place votes) (29-9-1) 489 (4 LW); 3. Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) (1 first-place vote) (21-15-4) 395 (8 LW); 4. Denver (NCHC) (4 first-place votes) (27-9-1) 392 (2 LW); 5. Western Michigan (NCHC) (25-11-1) 368 (7 LW); 

6. Minnesota (Big Ten) (24-12-0) 359 (3 LW); 7. Quinnipiac (ECAC) (31-6-3) 295 (6 LW); 8. North Dakota (NCHC) (24-13-1) 285 (5 LW); 9. Massachusetts (Hockey East) (22-12-2) 230 (12 LW); 10. Notre Dame (Big Ten) (27-11-0) 215 (9 LW); 

11. St. Cloud State (NCHC) (18-14-4) 175 (10 LW); 12. Northeastern (Hockey East) (25-12-1) 112 (11 LW); 13. UMass Lowell (Hockey East) (21-10-3) 93 (13 LW); 14. Michigan Tech (CCHA) (21-12-3) 79 (14 LW); 15. Harvard (ECAC) (21-10-3) 74 (RV); 

Others receiving votes: Ohio State (Big Ten) (22-13-2) 10; American International (Atlantic) (22-12-3) 8; Clarkson (ECAC) (21-10-6) 8.

DCU/USCHO.com (MEDIA)

1. Minnesota State (CCHA) (35 first-place votes) (35-5-0) 984 points (1 Last Week); 2. Michigan (Big Ten) (14 first-place votes) (29-9-1) 963 (4 LW); 3. Denver (NCHC) (27-9-1) 837 (3 LW); 4. Western Michigan (NCHC) (25-11-1) 799 (7 LW); 5. Minnesota (Big Ten) (24-12-0) 797 (2 LW); 

6. Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) (1 first-place vote) (21-15-4) 772 (8 LW); 7. North Dakota (NCHC) (24-13-1) 695 (5 LW); 8. Quinnipiac (ECAC) (31-6-3) 679 (6 LW); 9. Notre Dame (Big Ten) (27-11-0) 584 (9 LW); 10. Massachusetts (Hockey East) (22-12-2) 582 (11 LW); 

11. St. Cloud State (NCHC) (18-14-4) 501 (12 LW); 12. Northeastern (Hockey East) (25-12-1) 416 (10 LW); 13. UMass Lowell (Hockey East) (21-10-3) 387 (13 LW); 14. Michigan Tech (CCHA) (21-12-3) 366 (15 LW); 15. Harvard (ECAC) (21-10-3) 304 (17 LW); 

16. Ohio State (Big Ten) (22-13-2) 193 (16 LW); 17. Clarkson (ECAC) (21-10-6) 174 (14 LW); 18. American International (Atlantic) (22-12-3) 157 (RV); 19. Connecticut (Hockey East) (20-16-0) 123 (19 LW); 20. Providence (Hockey East) (22-14-2) 60 (20 LW);

Others receiving votes: Boston University (Hockey East) (19-13-3) 59;  Omaha (NCHC) (21-17-0) 31; Bemidji State (CCHA) (19-20-0) 17; Cornell (ECAC) (18-10-4) 12; Merrimack (Hockey East) (19-15-1) 4; Air Force (Atlantic) (16-17-3) 2; Colgate (ECAC) (18-18-4) 2.