Maine Hockey Journal

Maine Announces All-Decade Team

ORONO, Maine -Six All-Americans and three current NHL players highlight Maine’s All-Decade Team, announced on Friday, March 5 at the game against Massachusetts. The Maine All-Decade Team was voted upon by fans at www.hockeyeastonline.com.

Maine’s All-Decade Team is made up of forwards: Niko Dimitrakos (1998-2002), Martin Kariya (1999-2003), Michel Léveillé (2003-2007), Greg Moore (2002-2006), Gustav Nyquist (2008-present) and Dustin Penner (2003-2004). The defensemen are Doug Janik (1998-2001), Mike Lundin (2003-2007), Peter Metcalf (1998-2002) and Prestin Ryan (2001-2004). Goalies Ben Bishop (2005-2008) and Jimmy Howard (2002-2005) were also named to the squad.

Dimitrakos played in 139 career games for the Black Bears. He scored 50 goals and added 80 assists for 130 career points. He was named an All-American in 2002. As a freshman, he earned a spot on the 1999 NCAA All-Tournament Team leading Maine to its second NCAA Title. In 2002, he was named to the Hockey East Second Team. Dimitrakos was named Hockey East Tournament Most Valuable Player in 2000, after scoring the game-winning goal in the title game with just 2.5 second remaining in regulation. He was also named All-New England in 2002.

Kariya saw action in 156 career games. He ranks 11th on Maine’s all-time scoring list with 50 goals and 105 assists for 155 career points. In 2003, he earned Hockey East First Team honors, in addition to being named All-New England. He received the Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award in 2003. In 2003, he was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, after earning All-District honors the previous two years.

Léveillé saw action in 153 career games for the Black Bears. He tallied 53 goals and dished out 96 assists for 149 career points. Léveillé earned All-America honors in both 2006 and 2007. He was named both the Hockey East and New England Rookie of the Year in 2004. He was a two-time Hockey East All-Conference selection, earning First Team honors in 2007. Léveillé was selected All-New England in 2007 and also earned CoSIDA All-District Second Team honors that same year.

Moore tallied 107 career points on 66 goals and 41 assists in 154 career games for the Black Bears. He was a finalist for the 2006 Hobey Baker Award. Moore was named an All-American in 2006 and also earned Hockey East First Team honors that same year. He was also selected All-New England in 2006. Moore was instrumental in leading Maine to the 2006 Frozen Four.

Nyquist is in the midst of an outstanding career for the Black Bears. As a sophomore, he has seen action in 70 career games, scoring 30 goals and dishing out 56 assists for 86 career points. He has 54 points this season, which currently leads Maine and the nation in scoring. Nyquist was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team last season. He was named Hockey East Player of the Month for December.

Penner played just one season at Maine, playing in 43 career games. He scored 11 goals and added 12 assists for 23 points. In 2004, he earned a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament team. Penner became the first former men’s ice hockey player to win a Stanley Cup, when he won one with Anaheim in 2007. He currently leads the Edmonton Oilers in scoring with 24 goals and 24 assists for 48 points.

Janik saw action in 110 career games for the Black Bears. He scored 12 goals and added 42 assists for 54 points from the blueline. In 2000, he earned All-New England honors. He was named Hockey East Honorable Mention in 2000 and was also runner-up for Best Defensive Defenseman. Since leaving Maine, he has played in the National Hockey League for the Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings.

Lundin played in 160 career games for the Black Bears on defense. He scored 13 goals and added 56 assists for 69 points. His 160 career games played rank tied for seventh most in Maine history. He was named to the 2007 Hockey East Second Team and also won the Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award that year. Lundin is currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Metcalf played in 148 career games. He scored 24 goals and added 84 assists to finish his career with 108 points. He was named an All-American in 2002. Metcalf was named to the 2002 NCAA All-Tournament Team. He earned Hockey East First Team honors in 2002 and was also named to the All-New England Team. He was named to the 1999 Hockey East All-Rookie Team and the 2002 Hockey East All-Tournament Team.

Ryan played in 80 games for the Black Bears. He scored five goals and added 26 assists for 31 points. He was named an All-American in 2004. Ryan earned a spot on the 2004 NCAA All-Tournament Team. He was named to the Hockey East Second Team in 2004 and the Hockey East All-Tournament Team that same year. Ryan was named the Hockey East Best Defensive Defenseman in 2004.

Bishop saw action in 99 games in goal for the Black Bears. He finished his career 55-35-7 with a 2.29 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. He posted five career shutouts. His 99 career games played rank third all-time in Maine history. His save percentage ranks third all-time, his goals against average fourth best in Maine history and ranks fifth all-time in career wins. He was named to the 2006 Hockey East All-Rookie Team. Bishop was named to the 2008 Hockey East Second Team.

Howard had a record-setting career in goal for the Black Bears. He played in 82 career games and posted a record of 47-23-10 with a 1.84 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. He ranks first all-time in Maine history in both goals against average and save percentage. His 1.19 goals against average and .956 save percentage that he posted in 2003-04 are both NCAA records. He holds the Maine record with 15 career shutouts and had a 193:45 shutout streak that is also a Maine record. As a freshman in 2003, Howard was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year, in addition to being named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. Howard was named an All-American in 2004. He earned a spot on the 2004 Hockey East First Team, in addition to being named to the 2004 Hockey East All-Tournament Team. Howard also earned All-New England honors in 2004. Howard is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings. He ranks fifth in the NHL in save percentage, eighth in goals against average and 14th in wins on the season.

Courtesy of University of Maine

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