PICTURED ABOVE, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Michael Gavin '75, Steve Murphy '83, Josh Hechter, Brett Smith '07, Sam Ftorek '98, Tom Gavin '75
MANCHESTER, N.H. – The 2018-19 season marks the 50th for the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey program. In recognition of those greats who helped make the program what it is today, the Department of Athletics is pleased to announce a "Hilltop Hockey All-Time Team." The selections will be released in four installments throughout the 2018-19 men's ice hockey season, recognizing Hawks student-athletes from years past for their athletic success.
The list will be comprised of 22 individuals and revealed in no particular order:
- Nine forwards
- Six defensemen
- Three goaltenders
- Two head coaches
- Two at-large selections
The final edition of the "Hilltop Hockey All-Time Team" will be released at the end of February.
F – Michael Gavin – 1971-75
A member of the exclusive 200-career point club at Saint Anselm, Michael Gavin ranks second all-time in team history with 202 points of offense, tallying 85 goals and 117 assists (85-117=202). He led his team to three ECAC playoff appearances during a four-year career as a starter, helping the Hawks to 56 wins during his tenure.
He burst onto the scene as a freshman in 1971-72, posting 22 goals and 35 assists for 57 points (22-35=57). He would finish his illustrious career as the all-time leader in career assists (117), a mark he still holds today. Gavin was twice selected as an ECAC All-Star and, in his senior year, was awarded All-Star merits from the New England Hockey Writers' Association.
F – Steve Murphy – 1979-83
The second All-America selection in team history, Steve Murphy finished an illustrious career with 75 goals and 69 assists for 144 points (75-69=144). He also earned an ECAC Division II East Region scoring championship during his career and helped the Hawks to their first appearance in ECAC Division II postseason play since 1978-79.
Recognized on a national level, Murphy was selected to the East-West College All-Star Game as one of only six eastern Division II student-athlete selections. Murphy also collected All-Star recognition from the New England Hockey Writers' Association and was a two-time team Most Valuable Player pick. At the present day, Murphy is the eighth-ranked scorer in program history and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989.
F – Josh Hechter – 2003-06
A three-year member of the Hawks men's ice hockey program, Josh Hechter posted 119 points of offense with 41 goals and 78 assists (41-78=119). He picked up back-to-back First Team All-NE10 awards in 2005 and 2006, helping the Hawks to conference championships in each of those campaigns. His 46 points off of 15 goals and 31 assists (15-31=46) stands as the 10th-best season in league history.
He was named the Most Valuable Player at the NE10 Championship in 2006 after scoring the game-winning goal in a 5-3 win over Southern New Hampshire in the title game. He currently ranks ninth in conference history with 119 career points, leading all Hawks skaters since the 1999-00 season.
D – Brett Smith – 2003-07
Brett Smith, the only four-time First Team All-Conference selection in program history, wrapped up a stellar career on the Hilltop with 35 goals and 69 assists for 104 points (35-69=104). He earned Northeast-10 Defender of the Year on two occasions and was selected as the conference Rookie of the Year in 2003-04.
In an outstanding junior year season, Smith posted 11 goals and 25 assists for 36 points (11-25=36) from the blue line. Smith would go on to secure New England Hockey Writers' Association All-Star honors and he was also a finalist for the Joe Concannon Award during his Hawks tenure. Smith's squads picked up four NE10 Regular Season Championships and claimed the tournament championships in his sophomore and junior campaigns.
D – Sam Ftorek – 1994-98
Across a four-year career at Saint Anselm, Sam Ftorek fired home 20 goals and added 37 assists for 57 career points (20-37=57) in 87 games. From his defensive position, he posted 25 points in both his junior and senior seasons, firing over 100 shots in each campaign. He picked up ECAC Division II Second Team All-League honors during a senior season where he notched nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points (9-16=25).
Ftorek was a key cog in the success of the 1996-97 men's ice hockey team on the Hilltop, helping the Hawks to an impressive 13-2 record to begin the year. The Hawks would finish the year participating in the ECAC Division II Tournament for the first time in four seasons. Ftorek concluded his career with an Eastern College Division Senior All-Star Game appearance in 1998.
G – Tom Gavin – 1971-75
Tom Gavin, a four-year starter for the Hawks in net, played over 4,500 minutes for the upstart Saint Anselm men's ice hockey program in the early 1970's. With over 2,100 saves to his credit, he is the program's all-time leader in that statistic. Gavin was "known for his quick hands" and possessed an "excellent glove" – his efforts in goal helped put Hawks ice hockey on the map in its early years.
Gavin picked up ECAC Division II Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman and never looked back, reaching over 1,000 saves in just his first two seasons alone. In his sophomore campaign, he registered north of 600 saves on the year and picked up 16 wins in his 23 games played. He was inducted in the Anselmian Athletics Hall of Fame in its second-ever class in 1981.