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March 8, 2017 | Hockey (M)

First team all-star Philippe Cadorette.

De Luca, Stingers dominate OUA East hockey honour roll

Talk about bringing home the silverware!

Led by Stinger rookie forward Anthony De Luca, Concordia earned three major awards, three all-stars and three spots on the all-rookie team when the OUA announced its men’s hockey honours this afternoon.

De Luca, took three of the honours. He was named the OUA Rookie of the Year and will be put forward as a nominee for the U SPORTS rookie award. He was also an OUA East first team all-star and named to the all-rookie team.

The Rosemere, Que. native led the OUA in goals scored with 24 and finished second overall with 43 points this season. He proved to be the most dangerous player in the conference while with the man-advantage, as he scored a league-high 13 goals on the power-play.

The five-foot-10, 210-pound student-athlete ranked second in U SPORTS for goals scored and fourth in scoring.

De Luca becomes the first Stinger player to be named OUA East Division Rookie of the Year since Steve Sonoski received the honours following the 1989-90 season.

Third-year forward Phil Hudon is the OUA East’s nominee for the Dr. Randy Gregg Award, a national honour presented annually to the player who best combines outstanding hockey ability, academic achievement and community involvement.The Stingers assistant captain was heavily involved in Bell Let’s Talk activities, acting as a spokesperson for the initiative and helping at events like Hockey Talks at the Bell Centre and educating local high school students.

Concordia’s Marc-André Élement was named the OUA Coach of the Year. In his first season as the Stingers’ head coach, he guided his team to a second-place finish in the division with 40 points and a 19-7-2 regular season record. It was a vast improvement over the previous year’s 10-12-6 and 26-point performance.

Joining De Luca on the first all-star team are rookie goaltender Philippe Cadorette and fifth-year captain Olivier Hinse who was named to the second team. It was his fourth consecutive OUA all-star honour.

Finally, three Stingers were named to the OUA East all-rookie team: De Luca, Cadorette and defenceman Alexandre Gosselin.