Just a quick blog post to get this out there, but the WCHA just announced their individual awards seconds ago.
And it turns out the goalie for the league champions — who also happens to be one of the best defensive teams both in the conference and the country — has been named the league’s player of the year.
That’s right. Junior goaltender Michael Bitzer was named the conference’s overall player of the year today — not just the defensive player of the year — adding to his accolades from this season that include a first-team All-WCHA nod and being named the Mike Richter Award semifinalist.
Also today, the league named BSU head coach Tom Serratore the coach of the year. It’s the first time he’s been named for that award — one which, in the past, has gone to the likes of Bob Peters, Herb Books andJeff Sauer.
Not too bad.
The Beavers, as you know, finished 22-16-3 this season and defied their preseason prediction of sixth place to win the MacNaughton Cup.
Look for more soon. Just wanted to get a post out there now.