EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior goaltender Chad Alban (Kalamazoo) was named Most Valuable Player for the third straight season at the 1998 Spartan Hockey Awards Banquet tonight at Holiday Inn South in Lansing.
Alban, who also earned the Outstanding Senior Award, becomes just the second Spartan to be named MVP three times, and first since Ron Scott (1981-82-83). Like Scott, Alban was a first-team All-American and the runner-up for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. In one of the finest seasons ever by a college goaltender, Alban set school records for goals-against average (1.57) and save percentage (.926) while leading the nation in both categories.
"I think the most important thing about Chad was the competitiveness and work habits that he brought to the ice and brought to our team every day," head coach Ron Mason said. "Chad will be remembered here forever, and with the way he could handle the puck, he had a skill that no other goaltender - even Ron Scott - has ever had here at Michigan State."
Other honorees included senior captain Tyler Harlton, who took home three awards, and Mike Jacobson, a Spartan hockey player from the 1960s and current owner of Puck & Pedal sporting goods, who earned the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
BLUE LINE CLUB PRESIDENT'S AWARD Tyler Harlton (top senior scholar-athlete) 3.75 GPA in political theory and constitutional democracy
OUTSTANDING ROOKIE AWARD Rustyn Dolyny, third on team in scoring with 20-24-44
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD Andrew Bogle, scored 11 of his 13 points since Dec. 28
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER AWARD Tyler Harlton, led CCHA with +38 plus/minus rating
GOOFUS AWARD Chris Bogas (team humorist) Wins Goofus Award for second straight season
OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER AWARD Sean Berens, led nation with 36 goals AND Mike York, led team in scoring with 27-34-61
OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD Chad Alban, led nation in GAA (1.57) and save pct. (.926)
AMO BESSONE AWARD Tyler Harlton (athletic, scholastic and community participation) 3.75 GPA, team captain, volunteers with local youth groups
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD Chad Alban, led team to CCHA regular-season and playoff titles
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD Mike Jacobson, 1966-67 team captain