Junior goaltender Hunter Shepard, who helped lead Minnesota Duluth to its second NCAA Division I title in as many years this past April, was bestowed with the Keith "Huffer" Christiansen Award as UMD's Most Valuable Player for 2018-19 on Thursday night at Amsoil Arena during an awards ceremony in which the Bulldogs also received their national championship rings.
It marked the second year in a row Shepard has been so honored.
Shepard, who concluded his junior year having started 81 straight games, was a first-team All-American in 2018-19 — the fourth Bulldogs puckstopper to ever attain that status and the first to do so in 10 years (Alex Stalock). With a 3-0 win over Massachusetts in the Frozen Four title bout, the Cohasset native became the first netminder in a half century to backstop his club to two consecutive NCAA championships.
In addition, Noah Cates received the Jerry Chumola Rookie of the Year Award; right wing Parker Mackay was given the Goldie Wolfe Award (Most Inspirational Player); and center Justin Richards earned the Mike Sertich Award (Most Improved Player). Center Jade Miller was given the Pat Francisco Community Service Award.