March 3, 2004
The Brown men's ice hockey team had five athletes selected to the 2004 All-Ivy Men's Ice Hockey team, in addition to both the Player and Rookie of Year for the League. Leading the way was 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE), who made his third straight appearance on the All-Ivy Team. A unanimous First Team selection, Danis earned Second Team honors last season after a nod on the First Team as a sophomore. Seniors Scott Ford (Fort St. John, BC), Vince Macri (Durham, NH), and Brent Robinson, junior Les Haggett (Norwood, NY), were also honored as well as freshman Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT), who was named the 2004 Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Danis garnered Player of the Year recognition after leading Brown to a 7-2-1 Ivy record and its first championship since 1995. The Bears finished up the regular season at 15-9-5 overall and 13-7-2 in ECAC play. A five-time ECAC Goalie of the Week and one-time ECAC Player of the Week, Danis leads the Ivy League and the ECAC in save percentage and is second in the nation in that category (.946). He is also fourth in the country in goals against average at 1.70. The Hobey Baker candidate is the Brown record holder in career shutouts (13), shutouts in a season (5), goals against average in a season (1.86), and save percentage in a season (.938), Danis tied the Brown record for career wins with his 43rd victory in the regular-season final against Vermont. Just the third-ever Ivy Player of the Year for Brown, Danis is Brown's first Ivy Player of the Year since Ryan Mulhern in 1995.
Inhacak, who is Brown's first Ivy Rookie of the Year since Jimmy Andersson in 1995, recorded 13 points in Ivy play (4g, 9a) and 30 overall (10g, 20a), leading the Bears in scoring and the Ivy league in freshman scoring. He is among the top 15 in ECAC point scoring, and leads the ECAC in power play points. The freshman forward has also been named ECAC Rookie of the Week three times this season.
Ford enjoyed an outstanding season for the Bears, while helping to lead the Brown defense, to earn First Team All-Ivy honors. He ranks fourth in scoring with 15 points (6g, 9a), leading all Brown defensmen, while posting seven points (2g, 5a) in Ivy league competition.
Robinson and Haggett were each selected to the All-Ivy Second Team. Robinson, who was a second team selection last season, is second on the team with 29 points, and leads the Bears with 11 goals. He notched 11 points (4g,7a) in Ivy League play, and ranks third in the ECAC in power-play points. Haggett, Brown's third-leading scorer with 28 points, is Brown's leader in assists with 23. He totaled 13 points in Ivy League games.
Brown's other honored player is Macri, who earned Honorable Mention recognition. The second-leading scorer on Brown's team among defensemen, Macri currently has 14 points, fifth on the team. He finished the Ivy schedule with four points.
The Bears finished the regular season with a 15-9-5 record, earning the third seed for the ECAC Playoffs, and will host a best-of-three ECAC quarterfinal series March 12, 13, an if necessary 14.