WALTHAM, Mass. – The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced on Monday that Bentley University's Brett Gensler (St. Charles, Mo./Youngstown Phantoms) has been named a semi-finalist for the Walter Brown Award, given to the best American-born Division I hockey player in New England.
Of the 21 players nominated, Gensler is Atlantic Hockey's only representative. 14 of the nominees are from Hockey East and six play for an ECAC school.
A sophomore, Gensler leads Atlantic Hockey with 34 points and 21 assists, and he leads the Falcons with 13 goals. He's had three scoring streaks of at least seven-games this season, and his 34 points is already sixth-most in the program's Division I history with at least six games remaining.
The Walter Brown Award is the nation's oldest college hockey award, established in 1953. Brown was the coach of the Massachusetts Rangers in 1933, which became the first American team to win the World Championships that year. Finalists for the 2012 award will be announced in March, following league playoffs, and the winner will be announced in April at the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner. John Muse of Boston College was the recipient last season.
Gensler and the Falcons take on the University of Connecticut this weekend in a home-and-home series, with Friday's game in Storrs.