by Amy Moritz
Final exams are wrapping up and Canisius College said a final farewell to the 2013-14 season by announcing its team award winners.
Senior defenseman Ben Danford was named the Ice Griffs Most Valuable Player. He's just the third defenseman in the Division I era to earn the honor. Danford set a career this season with 27 points (five goals, 22 assists). During his four year career he played in every game -- 158 straight games. He set the program's DI record for most assists by a defenseman with 74. He also became the first player in program history to be named the team's Top Defenseman for four straight years.
Senior Kyle Gibbons was named the team's Top Forward for the second straight year. He led the Griffs with 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) and finished his career ranked fourth in program history with 130 points and second (to Cory Conacher) with 57 goals.
Freshman forward Shane Conacher earned the team's Rookie of the Year award. He ranked 20th nationally among rookies with 0.72 points per game after collecting 23 points (six goals, 17 assists). His best hockey came in the Atlantic Hockey Playoffs where he had eight points (three goals, five assists) in seven games.
Junior Braeden Rigney keeps getting better and better, winning the team's Most Improved Player Award for the second time. He had 14 points with nine goals this season after recording 11 points with three goals in his first two seasons combined.
Senior captain Ryan Bohrer received the Dr. David B. Dietz Award which goes to a player for his dedication to athletics and academics. Bohrer has a 3.979 grade point average and played in all 41 games this season.
Senior forward Patrick Sullivan, a native of Derby, was named the team's unsung hero with the Tom Chapman Memorial Award. Playing in all 41 games he had 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists).
Junior goaltender Keegan Asmundson received the team's Community Outreach Award for his work in off-ice community service programs.