Weekly Release: Northeastern Wins 2016 Hockey East Tournament Title
Six Hockey East Programs Advance to NCAA Tournament
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Warrior Hockey Player of the Week Nolan Stevens of Northeastern

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: Northeastern captured the Hockey East Tournament championship for the first time since 1988. The title ensured an auto-qualification to the NCAA Tournament, the Huskies' first appearance since 2009. Northeastern joins five other Hockey East teams in the 16-team NCAA field, the most of any conference. Alongside Northeastern will be Boston College, Boston University, UMass Lowell, Notre Dame and Providence, who earned a berth as a No. 1 seed, and the fourth seed overall ... Jim Madigan, who skated for the Huskies as a player, captured the Lamoriello Trophy as Hockey East champions, becoming the fifth consecutive coach to guide his alma mater to the Hockey East Tournament title. The previous 12 champions have all been led by a former player, including Boston College by Jerry York (2005, 2007-08, 2010-2012), Boston University by Jack Parker (2006, 2009) and David Quinn (2015), and UMass Lowell by Norm Bazin (2013-14) ... All-time, Hockey East has sent 105 teams to the NCAA Tournament, more than any other conference since the league's founding in 1985 ... With Northeastern's advancement to the NCAA Tournament this year, Hockey East has now had 10 of its 12 members appear in the NCAA playoffs since 2011 and 11 of its 12 institutions skate in the NCAA Tournament since 2007. UConn, which joined Hockey East in two seasons ago, is the lone member to never appear in the NCAA postseason ... UMass Lowell advanced to the Hockey East title game for the fourth year in a row, the second-longest such streak in league history. Maine skated in the championship game seven years in a row from 1987-1993 ... River Hawks goaltender Kevin Boyle (Manalapan, N.J.) was named Hockey East Tournament MVP. It marked the first time a player from the second-place finisher was named MVP since BU netminder Sean Fields was given the award after a 1-0 overtime loss to New Hampshire in 2003 ... The Hockey East All-Tournament Team was comprised of Boyle, a unanimous selection, and defensemen Colton Saucerman (Colorado Springs, Colo./Northeastern), Dylan Zink (Madison, Wis./UMass Lowell), and forwards C.J. Smith (Des Moines, Iowa/UMass Lowell), Kevin Roy (Lac-Beauport, Que./Northeastern).