May 4, 2009

NEW YORK CITY, NY - University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey player Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) was named to the Jewish Sports Review's 2008-09 Men's College Hockey All-America Team, it was announced recently by the publication.

Tufman earns a spot on the All-America squad after another outstanding season for the Beacons. The sophomore tied for the team-lead with 10 goals and ranked second with 16 assists and 26 points in 26 games. Tufman led the squad with four game-winning scores, while ranking 13th in the nation and first among Eastern College Athletic Conference East players. His goal total placed him 11th among league leaders, while his totals for assists and points put him 12th among ECAC East players. The winger proved to be extremely valuable on the power play, racking up 13 points (3-10-13) to place sixth in the conference in power play points, while ranking 20th among league leaders with three power play tallies. A former member of the Philadelphia Little Flyers of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League, Tufman notched at least one point in 18 of 26 games, including seven multi-point efforts to tie for the team lead. He shined in the playoffs for UMass Boston, netted a pair of goals and adding an assist to lead the team over New England College, 5-4, in the ECAC East Tournament semifinals on March 6. Tufman also added a pair of assists the following day in the Beacons' 4-3 overtime loss to Babson College in the ECAC East Championship. The forward was easily the most disciplined forward on the ice for UMB, going the entire season without spending a second in the penalty box, despite taking many hard hits on the ice.

For his career, the Abington Senior High School graduate has seen action in 52 games, while compiling 63 points on 28 goals and 35 assists. His eight game-winning goals in the past two seasons is the most for any player at UMass Boston since 1996-97 when the statistic was first kept at the school and his 12 power play goals are the sixth-most for a player wearing the Beacon blue since 1984-85. He burst onto the scene for UMass Boston last year as a freshman, being named ECAC East Rookie of the Week a league-high six times and was named to the ECAC East All-Rookie team. Tufman ranked seventh in the nation for rookie scoring with 1.42 points per game and led the team with 37 points, 18 goals and 19 assists. His nine power play goals placed him 18th in the country and his four game-winners put him 15th.

The Beacons finished as the runner-up in the ECAC East Tournament Championship and owned a 10-16-2 overall record, including 4-14-1 in league play. The team became the first number eight seed to defeat a number one seed in ECAC East Tournament history when it took down nationally-ranked Norwich University on February 28 on the road in double overtime, 1-0. It was the second win over a nationally-ranked team for UMass Boston, joining a 3-2 overtime victory at number five Middlebury College on February 14.