ACHA release (coming soon)
NAPLES, Fla.--The American Collegiate Hockey Association has named Brad Kobryn (Hamilton, Ontario) and Marcus Rose (Toronto, Ontario/Toronto Patriots, OJHL) from the Adrian College ACHA Division I men's program as its national player and rookie of the year for the 2016-17 season.
That announcement was made on Friday during the ACHA Awards Banquet held in the Everglades Room at the Naples Beach Hotel, site of the American Hockey Coaches' Association convention.
Both student-athletes were All-Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League First Team standouts. For Kobryn, this marks the second time in three years that he has won ACHA Player of the Year accolades--in 2015, when he also received ACHA Rookie of the Year.
"To earn two of the three major national awards from the ACHA this season is a testament to our team and the guys buying into a new system," said Gary Astalos, who was named the 2017 GLCHL Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm of the Bulldogs. "I cannot say enough about how proud I am to have them as Bulldogs on and off the ice.
Kobryn, who set the Adrian ACHA D-1 all-time goal- and point-scoring record this winter, racked up 35 goals and 25 assists for 60 total points, which were tied for 14th in the nation. The junior forward also had 12 power-play goals and six game-winning goals tallies on the season.
Rose burst onto the scene with scoring totals of 33+25=58 to top the GLCHL in goals and rookie scoring during the regular season. He added three goals and three assists at the ACHA Tournament to bump up his season totals to 36+28=64 for sixth in the nation in scoring. The rookie forward had nine tallies with the man-advantage.
"Brad and Marcus achieved this success due to the work ethic of our 29-player roster and four coaches (that) are a very special group, making my job easy," Astalos said. "We are looking forward to growing our program and vying for a national championship."
Astalos directed Adrian to the GLCHL regular season and tournament championships, going 15-1 in conference play while leading the division in scoring defense (27) and goal margin (+75) in GLCHL games only. Adrian's season accomplishments didn't end there as the team reached the ACHA Championship Semifinals, posted a 33-3 overall record, was second in the nation with 33 victories, put together a school-record 23-game winning streak and finished fourth in the ACHA rankings.
Adrian went 2-1 in the ACHA Tournament, with its only loss in the postseason to national runner-up Ohio in a close 4-2 contest.
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