HWAA 2013: State-by-State MVPs

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State-By-State MVPs

In the spirit of celebrating hockey across all corners of the U.S., as we did last year, we are saluting the top contributors in Division I men's hockey from each state this year. In all, 39 states plus the District of Columbia are represented on Division I rosters, from Minnesota (182 players) to Alabama, Kentucky, Utah and Wyoming (1 each).

As you can imagine, picking the one "best" player from some of these states was a huge challenge. We based the decisions on this year's performance and gave an edge to those players whose teams have played well. More noteworthy than the individual selections is the variety of states represented among the top players.

Without further ado, our selections, plus a breakdown of players by state in each conference:

 

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State Atlantic CCHA ECAC HEA WCHA Ind. Total MVP
Alabama         1   1 Nic Dowd, SCSU
Alaska 1 7 2 1 15 1 27 William Rapuzzi, CC
Arizona 5 1 2 3 4   15 Jeremy Langlois, Quinnipiac
California 11 17 8 11 10 2 59 Matt Leitner, Minn. St.
Colorado 12 3 4 5 11   35 Nick Shore, Denver
Connecticut 9 3 11 10     33 Pat Mullane, BC
District of Columbia         1   1 Andrew Panzarella, UND
Florida 2 4 6 3 2   17 Shayne Gostisbehere, Union
Georgia 2   1 2 1 2 8 Vinny Saponari, Northeastern
Illinois 11 20 13 4 16 2 66 Ryan Dzingel, OSU
Indiana 2 2         4 Jordan Sims, UConn
Iowa   1     2 1 4 David Gerths, Notre Dame
Kentucky 1           1 Chris Paliafito, Sacred Heart
Maine 3   2 6     11 Jon Gillies, PC
Maryland 2 1 2 3     8 Adam Mitchell, RIT
Massachusetts 17 2 31 51 1 1 103 Mike Collins, Merrimack
Michigan 22 74 7 13 11 4 131 Riley Barber, Miami
Minnesota 27 24 22 9 98 2 182 Ryan Walters, UNO
Missouri 5 4 3 3 8 1 24 Brett Gensler, Bentley
Nebraska   2   2     4 Matt Bruneteau, UVM
Nevada   1 1   1 1 4 Cory Ward, Bemidji State
New Hampshire 2   5 6     13 Casey DeSmith, UNH
New Jersey 4 3 12 19 1 1 40 Johnny Gaudreau, BC
New York 27 4 33 19 2 1 86 Kyle Flanagan, SLU
North Carolina 1   1       2 Patrick Kirtland, UConn
North Dakota 1 1 1   4   7 Eric Meland, Princeton
Ohio 9 10 4 3 3 2 31 Jimmy Mullin, Miami
Oklahoma 1       2   3 Chase Grant, Minn. State
Oregon     1 1     2 Kyle Singleton, Merrimack
Pennsylvania 27 3 10 18 3 8 69 Parker Milner, BC
Rhode Island 2 2 1 4     9 Derek Army, Providence
South Dakota     1     1 2 Matt Farris, Princeton
Tennessee       1   2 3 Sebastian Geoffrion, UAH
Texas 2 5 1 1 2   11 Cason Hohmann, BU
Utah 1           1 Alex Halloran, AFA
Vermont 2   2 3     7 Riley Wetmore, UMass Lowell
Virginia 2 1 3 1     7 Jay Williams, Miami
Washington 6       1   7 Jeff Smith, RIT
Wisconsin 4 7 1 4 22 1 39 Landon Peterson, UW
Wyoming         1   1 Russell Finch, CC
Total 223 202 191 206 223 33 1078  

 

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