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Simpson collected 23 points and led the nation with 109 blocked shots.
Captain Simpson named UND's Most Valuable Player
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Updated: Wednesday 05/09/2014 21:16:24 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senior defenseman and team captain Dillon Simpson has been named the recipient of the Jeff Anderson Scholarship Award as the University of North Dakota’s most valuable player, highlighting the 2013-14 team awards announced today by head coach Dave Hakstol.

Simpson scored seven goals and 16 assists in 42 games and led the nation with 109 blocked shots, earning College Hockey News All-CHN First Team and All-National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) First Team honors. He was also a finalist for the NCHC’s Player of the Year, Defenseman of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year awards.

UND’s other 2013-14 team award recipients included:

Cliff "Fido" Purpur Award: Rocco Grimaldi, Sophomore, Forward (Rossmoor, Calif.)

  • Award is given to the player who exemplifies hard work, determination and being a creator of excitement on the ice
  • Led UND in points (39) and goals (17) and was named to the NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament Team

Archie Krum Memorial Athletic Scholarship: Dillon Simpson, Senior, Defenseman (Edmonton, Alberta)

  • Award is given to the player who demonstrates leadership qualities, high academic standards, athletic excellence
  • Team captain earned academic all-conference honors for third straight season
  • UND’s representative on the NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team

Tom Hoghaug Memorial Scholarship: Matt Hrynkiw, Freshman, Goalie (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

  • Award is given to the freshman who demonstrates initiative, character and a sense of responsibility
  • Mechanical engineering major with a 4.0 grade point average, named to All-NCHC Academic Team

Rookie of the Year: Paul LaDue, Defenseman (Grand Forks, N.D.)

  • Named to All-NCHC Rookie Team, NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament Team, NCHC Rookie of the Month (February)
  • Led UND with a +15 and tied for fourth nationally among rookie defensemen with 21 points                                                                                                                                                   

Most Improved Player: Keaton Thompson, Freshman, Defenseman (Devils Lake, N.D.)

  • Ranked second among NCHC rookie defensemen in plus/minus and tied for seventh in points
  • Had eight points (3G, 8A) and a plus-14 rating in 26 games after being a healthy scratch for nine of UND’s first 10 games

Coaches' Unsung Hero Award: Derek Rodwell, Senior, Forward (Taber, Alberta)

  • Appeared in 32 games and established career highs in points (10), assists (5) and plus/minus (+5)
  • Matched his career high with five goals

Virg Foss 3-Star Award: Rocco Grimaldi, Sophomore, Forward (Rossmoor, Calif.)

  • Award is given to the player who receives the most 3-star voting points from the print media following home games
  • Named 1st star three times, 2nd star three times and 3rd star twice

North Dakota (25-14-3, 15-9-0 NCHC) qualified for the NCAA postseason tournament for the 12th consecutive season, the longest active streak in Division I men’s hockey, and won the NCAA Midwest Regional to advance to the 20th NCAA Frozen Four in program history.

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