Dobay and Heenan Named Finalists for AHCA Awards – Utica University Athletics


BOSTON, MA – Jayson Dobay (Weymouth, MA/Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)) of the No. 1 Utica University men’s hockey team has been named a finalist for the 2022-23 Sid Watson Award, given to AHCA Division II-III Men’s Player of the Year, as announced by the American Hockey Coaches Association on Monday. 


Seventeen players who have distinguished themselves on the ice in 2022-23 have been named finalists for the 2023 Sid Watson Award, given annually to the best NCAA Division II-III men’s ice hockey player in the country. Only one of the finalists is a repeat honoree from 2022: Plymouth State forward Myles Abbate, the MASCAC Player of the Year. Eleven of the finalists are from the United States, three are from Canada, and one each hail from Belarus, Estonia and Slovakia. Six are seniors, six are juniors, three are sophomores, one is a freshman and one is a graduate student. Twelve are forwards, three are goaltenders and two are defensemen. 


Dobay, who was also named the UCHC Defensive Player of the year as well as to the All-UCHC First Team, has enjoyed a fantastic season in which he has five goals and tied the program record for the most assists in a season with 32. Dobay tallied at least one point in 18 of the team’s 29 games and recorded three or more assists four times including a career high five against Lebanon Valley on January 21. 


Sponsored by the American Hockey Coaches Association, the Sid Watson Award honors the memory of former Bowdoin College head coach and athletic director Sid Watson. A three-time AHCA Coach of the Year, Watson served Bowdoin for more than 30 years, winning 326 games in 24 seasons as head coach.


Head Coach Gary Heenan has also been named an AHCA Coach of the Year finalist for guiding the team through its record season including tying the program record in wins with 25. Heenan also set a program record going a perfect 20-0-0 in conference play including being the No. 1 ranked team in the USCHO poll for the first time in program history. This year marked the second consecutive season that Utica has reached the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals. This season also marks the second-straight UCHC Championship and fourth overall in just six seasons in the conference.


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