HWAA 2019: State-by-State MVPs
We pick the best players by home state in honor of USA Hockey’s Hockey Week Across America.


USA Hockey’s Hockey Week Across America celebrates the passion for hockey that exists throughout the United States.

In the spirit of celebrating hockey across all corners of the U.S. – and as we have done for eight straight years now – College Hockey Inc. is saluting the top contributors in NCAA Division I men’s hockey from each state this season.

In all, 42 states plus the District of Columbia are represented on Division I rosters, from Minnesota (193 players) to D.C., Alabama, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee and West Virginia (1 each).

Scroll down to see our infographic featuring each state’s selection. As you can imagine, picking the one “best” player from some states was a huge challenge. We based decisions on this year’s performance and gave an edge to players whose teams have performed well.

A few notes on this year’s honorees:

  • Three players – Harvard’s Michael Lackey (DC), Sacred Heart’s Jackson Barliant (NM) and Yale’s Joe Snively (VA) – were honored for the fourth straight year.
  • 13 players were repeat honorees from last year, but only one of those – Notre Dame’s Cale Morris (CO) – hailed from one of the top 17 states in Division I men’s players.
  • Hawaii (Miami’s Brian Hawkinson) and West Virginia (Niagara’s Luke Edgerton) are represented for the first time in the eight years of this exercise.
  • 35 schools had a player selected, led by Quinnipiac with three honorees: Chase Priskie (FL), Andrew Shortridge (AK) and Odeen Tufto (MN).
  • Arizona State, Boston College, Harvard, Miami, Ohio State and Yale each had two honorees.

Think we made a poor choice in your state? Let us know on Twitter and tag @collegehockey.

Hockey Week Across America events include “Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day” on Friday and nationwide opportunities on Saturday to try hockey for free. For more information visit hockeyweekacrossamerica.com.