Press Box

April 13,2006


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The remaining hockey awardsfor the 2005-06 season were given out at the Northern Michigan University hockey awards banquet, which was held on Thursday, April 13.  Nathan Oystrick andRob Lehtinen each picked up two awards.


Oystrick walked away with the Tom Laidlaw Best Defensemanand the Gary Emmons Most Valuable Player Awards.  Oystrick was a first-teamselection to the 2005-06 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA)All-Conference Team.  He had 29 points on nine goals and 20 assists for the2005-06 season.  Oystrick was recently named to the RBK All-American Ice HockeyTeam as a second-team selection to the West Team.


Lehtinen was awarded the Dallas Drake Defensive Player ofthe Year and the Steve Weeks Unsung Hero Awards.  For the season he registered16 points on four goals and 12 assists.


The Dennis Sibilsky Memorial Senior Award went to GeoffWaugh.  This award is given by the coaching staff to the player who exemplifiessportsmanship, leadership and ability on the ice and in the classroom.  Waughwas an assistant captain for the Wildcats for the past season as he ended thecampaign with seven assists.


The Brad Werenka Coaches Academic Award was given to JohnMiller.  This award is awarded by the coaching staff to the player whoperformed best in the classroom over the course of the 2005-06 season.  Ã‚ Millercurrently has a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average in entrepreneurship.


Jamie Milam was named the recipient of the Ed Ward MostImproved Player Award.   He had career-highs for the season in assists (22) andpoints (29). 


The Clara Pantalone Memorial Community Service Award went toBill Zaniboni.  This honor is given by the coaching staff to the player whocontributed the most to the community, in terms of working with children andpeople, during the course of the season.  Zaniboni has volunteered his time forskate with the â€Â˜Cats, the YMCA, one-on-one goaltending tutoring and the NMUSports Festival. 


Dirk Southern, who was second on the team in points with 34,was the recipient of the Bill Joyce Best Forward Award.  He had a team-high 23assists and 11 goals for the season.


Nathan Sigmund was named the winner of the Don Waddell BestFreshman Award.  He led all freshmen scorers with eight points for the seasonon three goals and five assists.






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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director