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NCHC Annual Awards

Below are the NCHC's all-time individual award winners listed by award, with recent season's winners listed at the top by year.

For eight of the year-end awards, winners are determined based on voting by the conference's head coaches from each team (with media also voting beginning in 2019-20). The Senior Scholar-Athlete and Postgraduate Scholarship winners are determined in a vote by the conference's Faculty Athletics Representatives (FARs), while the NCHC Awards Committee selects the Sportsmanship Award. Athletic Directors at each NCHC institution have a vote on the Herb Brooks Coach of the Year, as well coaches and media. The Three Stars Award goes to the player who accumulates the most Three Stars of the Game points during conference play.


2019-20 NCHC Individual Award Winners

No NCHC Awards Celebration was held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Player of the Year, UMD junior defenseman Scott Perunovich
  • UND head coach Brad Berry earned his second Herb Brooks Coach of the Year award
  • Miami forward Karch Bachman won the Senior Scholar-Athlete Award
  • Rookie of the Year, UND forward Shane Pinto
  • Forward of the Year, UND junior Jordan Kawaguchi
  • Defensive Forward of the Year, UMD junior Justin Richards, who repeated as the winner
  • Goaltender of the Year, UMD senior Hunter Shepard, who repeated as the winner
  • Offensive Defenseman of the Year, UMD junior Scott Perunovich, who won for a third straight season
  • Defensive Defenseman of the Year, UND senior Colton Poolman
  • Denver defenseman Erich Fear earned the Postgraduate Scholarship
  • UMD junior forward Kobe Roth won the Sportsmanship Award
  • UND junior Jordan Kawaguchi and UMD junior Scott Perunovich shared the Three Stars Award

2018-19 NCHC Individual Award Winners

Herb Brooks Coach of the Year: Brett Larson, St. Cloud State
Player of the Year: Jimmy Schuldt, Sr., D, St. Cloud State
Rookie of the Year: Taylor Ward, F, Omaha
Senior Scholar-Athlete Award: Mason Bergh, F, Colorado College
Goaltender of the Year: Hunter Shepard, Jr., Minnesota Duluth
Forward of the Year: Patrick Newell, Sr., St. Cloud State
Defensive Defenseman of the Year: Jimmy Schuldt, Sr., St. Cloud State
Offensive Defenseman of the Year: Scott Perunovich, So., Minnesota Duluth
Defensive Forward of the Year: Justin Richards, So., Minnesota Duluth
Three Stars Award: Hunter Shepard, Jr., G, Minnesota Duluth
Sportsmanship Award: Patrick Newell, Sr., F, St. Cloud State
Postgraduate Scholarship: Ryan Galt, Sr., F, Omaha

  • Defensive Defenseman of the Year, SCSU senior Jimmy Schuldt presented by Omaha Head Coach Mike Gabinet
  • Defensive Forward of the Year, UMD sophomore Justin Richards presented by CC Head Coach Mike Haviland
  • Forward of the Year, SCSU senior Patrick Newell presented by UMD Head Coach Scott Sandelin
  • Goaltender of the Year, UMD junior Hunter Shepard presented by Minnesota Wild President Matt Majka
  • CC senior forward Mason Bergh won the Senior Scholar-Athlete Award.
  • Offensive Defenseman of the Year, UMD sophomore Scott Perunovich presented by UND Head Coach Brad Berry
  • Omaha Head Coach Mike Gabinet accepts the Postgraduate Scholarship for Omaha senior Ryan Galt.
  • Player of the Year, SCSU senior defenseman Jimmy Schuldt presented by UMD Athletic Director Josh Berlo.
  • Rookie of the Year Omaha forward Taylor Ward with Western Michigan Head Coach Andy Murray.
  • SCSU senior forward Patrick Newell won the Sportsmanship Award.
  • St. Cloud State first-year head coach Brett Larson won the Herb Brooks Coach of the Year Award.
  • UMD junior goaltender Hunter Shepard won the Three Stars Award.

ALL-TIME WINNERS BY AWARD

  

Player of the Year

2019-20: Scott Perunovich, Jr., D, UMD
2018-19: Jimmy Schuldt, Sr., D, SCSU
2017-18: Henrik Borgström, So., F, DU
2016-17: Will Butcher, Sr., D, DU
2015-16: Ethan Prow, Sr., D, SCSU
2014-15: Joey LaLeggia, Sr., D, DU
2013-14: Josh Archibald, Jr., F, Omaha

Herb Brooks
Coach of the Year

2019-20: Brad Berry, UND
2018-19: Brett Larson, SCSU
2017-18: Bob Motzko, SCSU
2016-17: Andy Murray, WMU
2015-16: Brad Berry, UND
2014-15: Dave Hakstol, UND
2013-14: Bob Motzko, SCSU

Senior
Scholar-Athlete Award

2019-20: Karch Bachman, F, Miami
2018-19: Mason Bergh, F, CC
2017-18: Joel Messner, D, Omaha
2016-17: Justin Parizek, F, Omaha
2015-16: Gabe Levin, F, DU
2014-15: Nick Mattson, D, UND
2013-14: Nic Dowd, F, SCSU


Rookie of the Year

2019-20: Shane Pinto, F, UND
2018-19: Taylor Ward, F, Omaha
2017-18: Scott Perunovich, D, UMD
2016-17: Henrik Borgström, F, DU
2015-16: Brock Boeser, F, UND
2014-15: Danton Heinen, F, DU
2013-14:  Jaccob Slavin, D, CC

Forward of the Year

2019-20: Jordan Kawaguchi, Jr., UND
2018-19: Patrick Newell, Sr., SCSU
2017-18: Henrik Borgström, So., DU
2016-17: Anthony Louis, Sr., Miami
2015-16: Danton Heinen, So., DU
2014-15: Trevor Moore, So., DU
2013-14: Josh Archibald, Jr., Omaha

Goaltender of the Year

2019-20: Hunter Shepard, Sr., UMD
2018-19: Hunter Shepard, Jr., UMD
2017-18: Tanner Jaillet, Sr., DU
2016-17: Tanner Jaillet, Jr., DU
2015-16: Charlie Lindgren, Jr., SCSU
2014-15: Zane McIntyre, Jr., UND
2013-14: Sam Brittain, Sr., DU


Defensive Defenseman
of the Year

2019-20: Colton Poolman, Sr., UND
2018-19: Jimmy Schuldt, Sr., SCSU
2017-18: Will Borgen, Jr., SCSU
2016-17: Tucker Poolman, Jr., UND
2015-16: Ethan Prow, Sr., SCSU
2014-15: Joey LaLeggia, Sr., DU
2013-14: Joey LaLeggia, Jr., DU

**The Defensive Defenseman of the Year Award didn't begin until the 2016-17 season. Prior to that year, the award was simply given to the Defenseman of the Year.

Offensive Defenseman
of the Year

2019-20: Scott Perunovich, Jr., UMD
2018-19: Scott Perunovich, So., UMD
2017-18: Scott Perunovich, Fr., UMD
2016-17: Will Butcher, Sr., DU
2015-16: Ethan Prow, Sr., SCSU
2014-15: Joey LaLeggia, Sr., DU
2013-14: Joey LaLeggia, Jr., DU

Defensive Forward
of the Year

2019-20: Justin Richards, Jr., UMD
2018-19: Justin Richards, So., UMD
2017-18: Rhett Gardner, Jr., UND
2016-17: Dominic Toninato, Sr., UMD
2015-16: Sean Kuraly, Sr., Miami
2014-15: Mark MacMillan, Sr., UND
2013-14: Nic Dowd, Sr., SCSU


Sportsmanship Award

2019-20: Kobe Roth, Jr., F, UMD
2018-19: Patrick Newell, Sr., F, SCSU
2017-18: Karson Kuhlman, Sr., F, UMD
2016-17 (co-winners): Matt Hrynkiw, Sr., G, UND & Tyler Vesel, Jr., F, Omaha
2015-16: Cal Decowski, Sr., F, UMD
2014-15: Nick Oliver, Sr., F, SCSU
2013-14: Eamonn McDermott, Sr., D, CC

Postgraduate Scholarship

2019-20: Erich Fear, D, Denver
2018-19: Ryan Galt, F, Omaha
2017-18: Joel Messner, D, Omaha
2016-17 (co-winners): Aaron Hadley, F, WMU & Kirk Thompson, G, Omaha
2015-16: Gabe Levin, F, DU

**The scholarship was first awarded in 2015-16. 

Three Stars Award

2019-20 (co-winners): Jordan Kawaguchi, Jr., F, UND & Scott Perunovich, Jr., D, UMD
2018-19: Hunter Shepard, Jr., G, UMD
2017-18: Nick Halloran, So., F, CC
2016-17: Ben Blacker, Fr., G, WMU
2015-16: Brock Boeser, Fr., F, UND

**This award started during the 2015-16 season.