39 GP 6-19–25
When St. Lawrence coach Joe Marsh was
asked earlier this season whether or not his coaching
staff had ever charted Drew Bagnall's ice time, he
rolled his eyes and shook his head. The unspoken answer:
lots of ice time.
The senior from Oakbank, Manitoba was
the most important player on the most successful team
in the league, and is Inside College Hockey''s choice
as the Defenseman of the Year.
A stellar start to his collegiate career
was sidetracked by a hand injury in his junior season,
but he came back to be a dominant presence on the
Saint blue line. He played against the opponent's
top players and factored on both special teams units
for the Saints.
"He's worked hard for this. He
plays with such passion and it kills him to lose.
He's an unbelievable kid to coach," Marsh said.
"What he's meant to this team in the locker room,
in the weight room, he's just worked exceedingly hard
in every area and has never compromised in any area."
His quiet confidence and steadying demeanor
served the Saints well as they won a slew of close
games and performed well in difficult situations.
"He creates an atmosphere in the
locker room," Marsh said, "and I think that
the guys deep down think, 'Thank God he's on our team,
and not the other team.'"
Runner-up: Jack Johnson, Michigan