Sibley, Davis claim top AHCA honors

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ADRIAN, Mich. -- UW-River Falls senior forward Dani Sibley, a two-time All-American, can now add National Player of the Year to her list of honors. On Thursday, Greeneway was unveiled as the 2017 winner of the Laura Hurd Division III National Player of the Year Award, as selected by the American Hockey Coaches' Association, during the NCAA championship banquet in Adrian. 

A native of Monticello, MN, Sibley recorded 27-38-65 in 29 games this season, leading the nation in assists and shorthanded goals (4). In her remarkably consistent career, Sibley has 81 goals and 87 assists for 168 points. Included among those 81 goals were 7 career SHGs and 15 GWGs. She was chosen WIAC Player of the Year this season.

"Dani has worked extremely hard every year to become the player that she is today," said UW-River Falls head coach Joe Cranston.  "She is not only, the best player I have ever coached, but also the best player I have ever seen at the DIII level. Dani is also a two-way player; she is a back checking machine, and she leads our forwards in blocked shots.

"Since joining the WIAC four years ago, Dani has lead our team to four straight regular season conference championships, and four straight conference tournament championships. She helped her team to three straight NCAA Frozen Four championships, and she dominated in those games. Dani has played in nine NCAA tournament games over the past three years, and she scored four goals and seven assists for 11 points in those games. Dani is a leader, team captain, a very good student and an all around great kid. She is truly the best player I have ever had the privilege of coaching."

Sibley becomes the first WIAC player and just the fourth West Region skater to claim the award. Kristen Lewicki of Adrian was this year's runner-up. Lewicki's 63 points this season are second-most in the nation behind Sibley.

The award is named in honor of former Elmira College star Laura Hurd who passed away in a car accident shortly after graduation. Hurd was a four-time All-American who led Elmira to victory in the first NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship.

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Adrian's Chad Davis has been named the 2017 AHCA Women's Division III Coach of the Year. Now in his 6th season at Adrian, Davis has amassed a 127-30-9 overall record and has led to the Bulldogs to a 27-2-0 mark and their first Frozen Four this season.

The Bulldogs went a perfect 18-0-0 in the NCHA this season and to claim the regular season championship, and then ran the table in the postseason to claim the Slaats Cup playoff title. Adrian is in the midst of an 18-game win streak, which stands as the longest in the nation.

Prior to joining the Adrian staff, Davis spent the 2009-2010 season as a volunteer assistant coach at NCAA Division I Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa., where he worked with the Colonials goaltenders that finished first in the Atlantic Hockey Conference in team save percentage and goals-against average in overall play.

Before joining the coaching ranks, Davis played professionally for the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League. He played his college hockey with Division I American International College, appearing in 52 games from 2001-04. He graduated from AIC in 2004 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

Davis was assisted this season by Shawn Skelly. The runner-up for this year's award was Kevin Houle of top-ranked SUNY Plattsburgh. Houle has received the award six times, including last year.

Davis becomes the first West Region coach to win in the 18 year history of the award.

 

LAURA HURD AWARD WINNERS
2000 Sylvia Ryan Middlebury
2001 Michelle Labbe Middlebury
2002 Sarah Moe Gustavus Adolphus
2003 Angela Kapus Middlebury
2004 Molly Wasserman Williams
2005 Laura Hurd Elmira
2006 Emily Quizon Middlebury
2007 Andrea Peterson Gustavus Adolphus
2008 Danielle Blanchard Plattsburgh
2009 Kayla Coady Elmira
2010 Isabel Iwachiw Trinity
2011 Sarah Dagg RIT
2012 Julie Fortier Norwich
2013 Teal Gove Plattsburgh
2014 Sydney Aveson Plattsburgh
2015 Ashley Ryan Elmira
2016 Michelle Greeneway Lake Forest
2017 Dani Sibley UW-River Falls
 
DIII WOMEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR
2000 Ted Wisner, Colgate
2001 Bill Mandigo, Middlebury
2002 Jamie Wood, Elmira
2003 Michelle Amidon, Bowdoin
2004 Bill Mandigo, Middlebury
2005 Bill Mandigo, Middlebury
2006 Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State
2007 Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State
2008 Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State
2009 Jim Plumer. Amherst College
2010 Mark Bolding, Norwich
2011 Mark Bolding, Norwich
2012 Mark Bolding, Norwich
2013 Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State
2014 Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State
2015 Dean Jackson, Elmira
2016 Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State
2017 Chad Davis, Adrian

 

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