April 2, 2012

Ennis Named 2012 J. Thom Lawler Award Recipient

BOSTON, Mass. – For his standout play and commitment to not only the UMass Boston men's ice hockey program but to the university as a whole senior captain Jim Ennis (Roslindale, Mass.) has been named the 2012 Eastern Mass Hockey Officials Association (EMHOA) J. Thom Lawler Award recipient as announced by the organization.

Ennis will be honored at The New England Hockey Writers Dinner on Tuesday, April 10 at Prince Pizza in Saugus, Massachusetts.  The award which is given annually in memory of the late J. Thom Lawler, former head coach and athletic director at Merrimack College, was established by the EMHOA chapter and honors a Massachusetts/New England player from Division III for their commitment to their program, university, and community.

Ennis, a four-year member of the men's ice hockey program, had perhaps one of the most respected careers of any player in history.  A survivor of brain cancer at the age of 13, Ennis was told that he would never play hockey again.  However the Roslindale native never gave-up on his dreams and made himself a college caliber player.  After walking onto the UMass Boston in 2008, Ennis quickly earned the respect of both his of teammates and coaches. 

A very capable and versatile player, Ennis played on all four lines during his career.  As a senior he was one of the Beacons go-to players on the first and second lines and closed out the campaign with 19 points.  Perhaps the pinnacle of his college career came on his senior day, when the forward put on one of the most impressive performances seen in recent memory as he recorded first college hat trick which also earned him his first ECAC player of the week honor. 

Off the ice Ennis has exemplified what it means to be a student-athlete.  A fixture in the Beacons weight room, Ennis also holds two other part-time jobs while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5.  Currently pursuing a second degree in Nursing, Ennis graduated last May Magna Cum Laude in Exercise Health Sciences. 

Earlier this year, he was featured on the UMass Boston website for his work in the community as well as with the university.

Click here to watch the video: http://www.umb.edu/Why_UMass/jimmy_ennis