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BNRinkside: Honors galore for Canisius hockey

It's been a big week for Canisius hockey.

Highlighting the honors is forward Ralph Cuddemi who was named one of 10 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. The award, which stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, focuses on the total student-athlete.

Cuddemi, the Griffs' captain,  ranks seventh in the program's Division I history with 114 career points while his 58 career goals rank second -- four behind all-time leader Cory Conacher. Off the ice, Cuddemi has a 3.45 grade point average as a communications major with a minor in marketing and has been named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team twice. He has been active in the Buffalo community, volunteering with Hasek's Heroes, the Food Bank of Western New York and Habitat for Humanity.

Fan voting, which counts for one third of the total along with votes from the media and Division I head coaches, is open through March 28.

Meanwhile freshman and Lancaster native Dylan McLaughlin was the NCAA Third Star of the Week and earned Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week honors.

Also collecting conference accolades were freshmen Jimmy Mazza (defensive player of the week) and Felix Chamberland (rookie of the week).

McLaughlin led the Griffs with six points in the weekend sweep of Bentley. He registered a pair of assists in Friday’s 3-1 victory before matching the program’s Division I record with four assists in Saturday’s 6-3 win.

McLaughlin leads all Canisius rookies with 23 points, six goals and 17 assists this season.

Mazza posted three points in the series against the Falcons including his first career goal and his first career multi-point game. Mazza also added four blocked shots during the weekend.


Chamberland also added three points on a pair of goals and one assist. In 28 games  Chamberland has registered 12 points on five goals and seven assists.

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