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UMD gets in on USA Hockey honors

Duluthians Jack Connolly and Andy Welinski were named winners of year-end awards for 2011-12 by USA Hockey on Thursday. They'll be honored during ceremonies June 6 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Duluthians Jack Connolly and Andy Welinski were named winners of year-end awards for 2011-12 by USA Hockey on Thursday. They'll be honored during ceremonies June 6 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Connolly, a Minnesota Duluth senior center, was named college player of the year and Welinski, a second-year defenseman with Green Bay in the U.S. Hockey League, was named junior player of the year.

Connolly led UMD in scoring with 60 points in 41 games and was voted Western Collegiate Hockey Association player of the year, an NCAA All-American for a third straight year and 2012 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner as the top men's player in Division I.

Welinski helped Green Bay to the U.S. Hockey League regular-season and playoff championships. He tied for first in league scoring among defensemen with 37 points in 54 games and was named the U.S. Hockey League's defenseman of the year. He'll attend UMD this fall.

Other 2012 USA Hockey award winners include Kelli Stack of Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, voted the best forward in the World Championships in helping the U.S. to a title, named women's player of the year; Ron Hermansen of Coon Rapids, Minn., a promoter of Minnesota Special Hockey, named disabled athlete of the year; and Welinski's Green Bay teammate, Ryan McKay of Palatine, Ill., was named goalie of the year.

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Bobby Lund of Roseau, Minn., a former UMD player on the USA Hockey 60-and-over national championship team, was named adult ironman of the year.

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