Allen York wins RPIâ??s top award

Wetaskiwin’s Allen York was one of the top winners when the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s ice hockey team held its season-ending banquet.

Seven awards were presented by head coach Seth Appert and his staff when the team’s 2010-11 award winners were announced.

When it came time for Appert to announce his team’s Most Valuable Player, two players – Allen York and Chase Polacek – made their way to the trophy table.

Polacek (Edina, Minnesota/Academy of Holy Angels), a senior forward, and York (Wetaskiwin/Camrose Kodiaks), a junior goaltender, shared the highest honour by being named co-MVP.

In 34 games this season, York backstopped the Engineers to an 18-11-4 record with a 2.17 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.

He played 87.1 per cent of his team’s games, posting two shutouts during 2,050:46 minutes.

York was a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Award, presented annually to the league’s top goaltender, for the second consecutive year.

Polacek played in all 38 games, tallying 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points. He was first on the team in goals and points on his way to being selected as a National All-America, ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, All-ECAC Hockey First Team and Hobey Baker Award finalist. This is the third time he has been the team’s MVP.

York and Polacek ranked among the national leaders in numerous categories at their respective positions.

– With files from RPI