Former Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey captain Parker Mackay was named the College Men’s Athlete of the Year on Wednesday at the 2019 Minnesota Sports Award in Minneapolis.
Mackay — the native of Irma, Alberta who is in his first professional season with the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars — led the Bulldogs to their second consecutive NCAA championship as a senior captain in 2018-19 with a team-leading 16 goals and 33 points. Mackay’s four goals and five assists during the NCHC and NCAA title runs also led the team. He’s the only UMD men’s hockey captain to wear a letter during back-to-back national championship runs.
Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin lost out on the Coach of the Year award to rookie Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, who led the franchise to the AL Central Division title and an appearance in the AL Division series. Minnesota United FC’s Adrian Heath was also a nominee after getting the Loons to the MLS Cup playoffs. Sandelin was the only nominee to win a playoff game, capturing a second career NCHC postseason title and third career NCAA title.
Now in its third year, the 2019 Minnesota Sports Awards show will air on Fox Sports North at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 26.
The full list of winners are as follows:
High School Athletes of the Year: Erika Bute, Alden-Conger volleyball, basketball, softball (girls); David Roddy, Breck football, basketball, track and field (boys).
College Athletes of the Year: Amber Fiser, Minnesota softball (women’s); Packer Mackay, Minnesota Duluth hockey (men’s).
Professional Athlete of the Year: Napheesa Collier, Minnesota Lynx.
Coach of the Year: Rocco Baldelli, Minnesota Twins.
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Courage Award: Gabriele Grunwald
Trailblazer Award: Kevin Warren, Minnesota Vikings/Big Ten Conference