Mainer wins national award

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PITTSBURGH-- Providence College men's hockey freshman goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland,
Maine) was named the Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) Division I National Rookie of
the Year on Friday.
Gillies went 17-12-6 on the year and posted a Friar record five shutouts. He finished the year
with a 2.08 goals against average - the second best mark in program history for a single season - and
a .931 save percentage. His .931 save percentage ranks ninth in the nation, while his 2.08 GAA ranks
15th nationally. He made 992 saves on the year, the fifth-highest single season saves total in the PC
record books.
"This is obviously an amazing honor and I would like to thank everyone who was part of the
decision process," Gillies said. "I know I wouldn't be anywhere without my family, Coach Leaman and
his staff and their belief in me, and most of all my teammates who had my back no matter what and
without fail this season."
Gillies was named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star and selected as the League's Rookie of the
Year (also named to the All-Rookie Team). He was the first ever freshman to be selected as the Hockey
East First-Team goaltender and just the third freshman at any position to be named to the first team,
joining Hall-of-Fame defenseman Brian Leetch (Boston College) and Hobey Baker winner Paul Kariya
(Maine).
"In a particularly strong year where three or four rookies really had outstanding seasons, Jon really
earned all the accolades he received," Head Coach Nate Leaman said. "He is an extremely talented
goaltender and what I was most impressed with was that he consistently played at a very high level
every game, which is extremely difficult to do as a freshman. I think his time before Providence prepared
him well for that and he gave us a chance to win every game that he played this year."
Highlighting Gillies' record-setting five shutouts were 44 saves in a 2-0 win against the University
of Massachusetts (Jan. 12), 37 saves in a similar showing a month later against then fifth-ranked New
Hampshire (Feb. 13), and 31 in a critical 3-0 road win at UMass-Lowell (March 8) on the final weekend
of the regular season.
Gillies' five shutouts were two more than the previous single season record at Providence and
he already ranks tied for second on the Friars' career shutouts list. His five shutouts this season tied
for the third-most in the country. On Jan. 17, he made a season-high 48 saves at UMass Lowell, which
ranks as the seventh-most saves in a game by a Friar goaltender.
Gillies missed three games for the Friars while winning the gold medal with Team USA at the 2013
World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. He was the 11th Friar to take part in the prestigious event
and the first to earn a medal.
Gillies was named the George C. Carens Rookie of the Year by the New England Hockey Writers
Association and he was also one of two goaltenders named to the Div. I All-Star Team. He was the
second Friar to earn New England Rookie of the Year honors, joining Rob Gaudreau (1988-89). Gillies
was also named the National Rookie of the Year by College Hockey News (collegehockeynews.com).
The 6-5, 215-pound Gillies played
two years with the Indiana Ice of the
United States Hockey League (USHL) before
heading to Providence. He was selected
in the third round (75th overall) in
the 2012 National Hockey League (NHL)
Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames.
Voting for the HCA Rookie of the
Year award is conducted by the assistant
coaches of each Div. I men's ice hockey
program, with each league's rookie of
the year serving as a nominee. Andrew
Gladiuk (Bentley), Riley Barber (Miami),
Jason Kasdorf (RPI) and Stephon Williams
(Minnesota State) were the 2013
runners-up. Gillies is the seventh winner
of the HCA Rookie of the Year award and
the third from Hockey East.

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