Maine Hockey Journal

Gordon and Shearer-Hardy named to NEHWA ECAC East/NESCAC All-Star Team

Portland, ME — A pair of D-III players were recognized to today as Dan Gordon, a senior center from University of Southern Maine and Bowdoin College Kyle Shearer-Hardy were among the 12 players named to the New England Hockey Writers Association (NEHWA) ECAC East/NESCAC All-Star team that was announced today.

Both Gordon and Shearer-Hardy will be honored at the annual awards banquet being held on April 13 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass.

An ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) East first team honoree, Gordon is the ninth player, and second forward, in school history to receive a spot on the NEHWA all-star team. He joins goalies Dan Smith (1992-93) and David Beckles (2006-07), defensemen Dan Flacco (1993-94), Ed Pike (1996-97), Brian Collum (1999-2000), Jon Lounsbury (2004-05) and Dane Marshall (2006-07) and forward Mark Carragher (2006-07) on USM’s list of NEHWA all-stars.

The Huskies’ leading scorer this season, Gordon finished the season with 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points in 25 games. Based upon regular season conference games, Gordon was tied for second in points scored (23) with four other players. Twice during the season he received a spot on conference’s weekly honor roll, and he was named a semifinalist for the Joe Concannon Award given annually by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to the top American-born player in New England at the Division II/III level.

During his two seasons at USM after transferring from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Gordon played in 50 games tallying 28 goals and 36 assists for 64 points.

Southern Maine finished the season 11-12-3 overall and 8-8-3 in ECAC Men’s East play (tied for fifth). USM was the fifth seed in the playoffs and dropped a heart-breaking, 4-3 overtime decision at New England College in the quarterfinal round.

A defenseman, Shearer-Hardy paced the Polar Bears in 2008-09 with 11 goals.

Notching 11 goals and 10 assist overall on the season, Shearer-Hardy was Bowdoin’s top playmaker on the blue line. In conference games, he netted a team-high 20 points, while also scoring four power play goals this season. His 11 tallies are tied for the fourth-most in a single-season by a Bowdoin defenseman.

Shearer-Hardy’s top performance of the season unquestionably came in the opening game at Sidney J. Watson Arena on January 18 when the sophomore came within one point of tying the school record with a four-goal, two-assist showing. He also netted the first men’s goal in the history of Watson Arena.

Bowdoin finished their season with an overall mark of 11-12-2.

2008-09 NEHWA ECAC East/NESCAC All-Star Team

Goalies Cole Anderson, Amherst
Jonathan LaRose, Amherst

Defense Alex DiPietro, Babson
Jeff Landers, Amherst
Kyle Shearer-Hardy, Bowdoin
Eric Tallent, Norwich

Forwards Tom Derosa, Tufts
Martin Drolet, Middlebury
Justin Fox, Salem State
Dan Gordon, Southern Maine
Nikita Kashirsky, Norwich
Jamie McKenna, Middlebury

Coach of the Year
Jack Arena, Amherst

Most Valuable Player
Jeff Landers, Amherst

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