Dec. 2, 2008

CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey player Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Player of the Week for the week of November 24-30, it was announced today by the conference. It marks the second time in his career that he has earned the honor.

Kranzky was instrumental in all three of the Beacons' victories in a perfect 3-0-0 week. The center tallied eight points on four goals and four assists and began the week with a pair of goals and an assist in UMass Boston's 9-1 win over Framingham State College on November 25. The junior matched his career-high with three assists in the Beacons' 6-3 win at Southern New Hampshire University on November 29 in the first round of the PAL/Stovepipe Tournament and came back the next day to net two goals, including the game-winner with just two seconds left in the contest to give UMB a 4-3 decision over Tufts University to capture the PAL/Stovepipe championship. Kranzky was named the tournament Most Valuable Player for his efforts.

Kranzky is quickly having the best season of his career, leading the Beacons in points (9), goals (4) and assists (5) and is one of three players with a game-winning tally on the season. A graduate of Glendora High School, he currently ranks 17th in the nation with 1.80 points per game and is second among ECAC East players in total points. His goal total also places him second among league leaders and his assist tally is the fourth-highest mark in ECAC East. The six-foot three, 220-pound forward has collected three points on the power play as well to put him sixth among league players and his game-winner ties him for second in ECAC East. The California native has also been one of the team's most gentlemanly players, having stayed out of the penalty box all season.

Kranzky transferred to UMass Boston from Nichols College for the second semester of the 2006-07 season and has played 54 career games, including 43 in a Beacons' jersey. The junior also has 59 points on 23 goals and 36 assists, including 48 on 17 goals and 31 assists with UMass Boston, the highest point total since Matt Anthony registered 99 points from 1996-2000. He was also tabbed the ECAC East's top weekly player for the week of December 31 to January 6, 2008.

The Beacons are currently 3-1-1 on the season for their best start since 1991-92 when they owned a 4-1-0 mark after five contests. The team's four-game unbeaten streak is also its longest since four-game win streak from January 22 to February 4, 2000. UMass Boston will be in action again when it hosts Wesleyan University on Friday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.