The Big Ten Conference announced its inaugural award winners earlier this week and Vees alum Mike Reilly was bestowed a couple of honours. Reilly, in his sophomore season at Minnesota, won the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year award and was named to the Big Ten Conference First Team.
From the Big Ten website:
“Reilly anchored a Minnesota defense that ranked first in the Big Ten, limiting opponents to 1.85 goals per game. The sophomore led the conference in scoring from the blue line, tallying 15 points on three goals and 12 assists in conference play. He tied for third among all players in the Big Ten in assists and tied for 12th overall in points. Reilly also recorded nine power-play points, which was tied for fourth in the conference.”
Reilly was a key member of the Vees blue-line that won the 2012 RBC Cup. Reilly amassed 83 points in 51 regular season games, en route to being named the Interior Conference Defensemen of the Year. He had another nine points in 15 BCHL playoff games, helping the Vees capture the 2012 Fred Page Cup.
Also congrats are in order for another alum in goalie Joel Rumpel of Wisconsin, who was named to the Big Ten Conference Second Team.