Ben Hutton Earns Bob Monahan Award for Best Defenseman in New England
BOSTON, Mass. -- The honors continue for University of Maine men's ice hockey standouts Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) and Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario). On Wednesday, Hutton was named the recipient of the Bob Monahan Award, presented annually to the top defenseman in New England. Hutton, along with classmate Shore, each earned a spot on the 2013-2014 New England Hockey Writers Association Division I All-Star Team.
Last month, Hutton and Shore were both named to the Hockey East First Team.
Hutton scored a team-high 15 goals and added 14 assists for 29 points in his sophomore season. His 15 goals set the school record for goals in a season by a defenseman. In addition, he became the first defenseman in Maine history to lead the team in goals scored. He leads all defenseman in the country in goals scored with 15, ranks sixth in points per game by a defenseman (.83) and tied for 12th in power play goals with nine. His nine power play goals are tops among the nation's defensemen. Hutton had three multi-goal games and finished the season with six multi-point games.
Shore led the team in scoring with 14 goals and 29 assists for 43 points. He scored three power play goals, three short-handed tallies and a pair of game-winning goals. It is the second season in a row that Shore has led the team in scoring. He has 20 career goals and 49 assists for 69 points in 73 career games, having never missed a game the past two years. Following the season, Shore was selected captain of the 2014-15 team.
Shore was named Hockey East Player of the Week twice this season and earned Hockey East Player of the Month honors in December. He ranks tied for fourth in the nation in short-handed goals with three, 10th in assists per game, averaging .83 per contest and tied for 15th in the nation in points per game, recording 1.23 per contest.
Shore and Hutton highlight a talented group of players who will return to the Black Bears for the 2014-2015 season. In addition, Maine returns 11 of its top 12 scorers from this past season.