GLOUCESTER, Mass.—UMass Boston men's hockey senior forward Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) was recognized as the Sid Watson Award winner for being the top player in Division III, the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) announced Thursday evening at the Frozen Four Banquet.
Larkin, who was the first-ever Beacon to be named a finalist for the award last year, is the first player in program history to win the award. The Sid Watson Award honors the memory of former Bowdoin College head coach and athletic director Sid Watson. A three-time AHCA Coach of the Year, Watson served Bowdoin for more than 30 years, winning 326 games in 24 seasons as head coach.
Larkin also was named to the CCM Division II-III All-American Teams alongside freshman defenseman Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.). Larkin carved out a spot on the East First Team for a second-straight season, while Albano picked up East Second Team honors.
The Beacons' senior captain is only the second Beacon to earn All-American honors in back-to-back seasons-and the first to be named to the First Team on multiple occasions. He joins former teammate Tyler Bishop ('17) as the only two-time All-Americans in program history.
Albano made history of his own, as he became the first freshman in program history to be named an All-American.
With their two honorees, UMass Boston men's hockey had two players recognized by the AHCA for a third-straight season. The Beacons two AHCA All-Americans tied their program high-water mark.
Larkin, who closed out his career in Beacons' Blue in February, closes out his career as the most decorated player in program history. This spring alone, he has been named the top player in the New England Hockey Conference, the top American born player in New England at the DII/III levels (Joe Concannon Award), and the top player in all of Division III.
The two-time New England Hockey Conference Player of the Year ranks fourth in the nation in points per game (1.70) and tied for second in goals per game (0.89). He also sits tied for third in goals (24), sixth in points (46) and tied for second in power-play goals (10).
He finished his career as the program record holder in games played (111) and power-play goals (23). He also ranks in the top-five in program history in goals (64-t-4th), assists (84-3rd), points (148-4th) and game-winning goals (nine-3rd).
Albano becomes just the third defenseman in program history to win AHCA All-American honors joining Bishop and Bill Innocent ('92). With big shoes to fill replacing Bishop, a two-time All-American, Albano made an immediate splash and carved out a role as one of the Beacons' top defensemen. Albano was named to the NEHC First Team, the NEHC All-Rookie Team and was recognized as a Joe Concannon Award Semifinalist.
The freshman defenseman ranked third amongst all Division III blue liners with his 35 points and 1.30 points per game and tied for second with his 27 assists. He led the entire NEHC with his 21 power-play points and second with 27 assists. Albano appeared in all 27 contests and finished with five power-play goals and a +8 overall rating.