The Acadia hockey Axemen were well-represented when Atlantic University Sport handed out its men’s hockey year-end awards and all-star selections for 2012-2013.
First-year forward Mike Cazzola was recognized as the AUHC Rookie of the Year following a solid freshman season, during which he finished second in team scoring with 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points in 28 games.
The Guelph, ON native added five goals and three assists in seven playoff games for Acadia.
Cazzola receives the A.J. MacAdam Trophy and goes into contention for the CIS Rookie of the Year award.
Linemate and fellow first-year Axemen Brett Thompson joined Cazzola on the conference All-Rookie team. Thompson finished the regular season with 10 goals and 16 assists, and had another four goals and three assists in the playoffs.
Fourth-year Acadia forward Andrew Clark and third-year defenceman Christopher Owens were both named to the first all-conference team.
Clark, last year’s AUS and CIS Player of the Year, had another solid season for Acadia, leading the team in scoring with 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points in 28 games, finishing second in the conference in scoring.
Owens finished with eight goals and 28 points in 27 games. Despite suffering a concussion in the second-last game of the first half of the schedule, he ended up missing only one regular season game.