March 18, 2004
The Brown men's ice hockey team had three athletes selected to the 2004 All-ECAC Men's Ice Hockey team, in addition to the Player, Goaltender, Rookie, and Defensive Defenseman of the Year for the League.
Leading the way was 2004 ECAC Player and Goaltender of the Year Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE), who made his third straight appearance on the All-ECAC Team. Danis also earned First Team All-ECAC honors after earning a Second Team nod in each of the last two seasons. Senior Scott Ford (Fort St. John, BC) was named Honorable Mention All-ECAC, earning the Best Defensive Defenseman award, while freshman Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT) was named ECAC Co-Rookie of the Year, also earning a spot on the ECAC All-Rookie team.
A Top Ten Finalist for the 2004 Hobey Baker Award, and the 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year, Danis helped lead Brown to its best ECAC finish since 1995, while leading the team to back-to-back winning seasons (15-11-5) for the first time since 1995. A five-time ECAC Goalie of the Week and one-time ECAC Player of the Week, Danis leads the ECAC in save percentage and is second in the nation in that category (.942). He is also third in the country in goals against average at 1.81. He holds several Brown and ECAC records, including career shutouts (13), shutouts in a season (5), goals against average in a season (1.81), save percentage in a season (.942), career wins (43), career save percentage (.930), and career goals against average (2.20). In the ECAC, Danis holds the record for career shutouts (13), save percentage in a season for league games only (.948), and career shutouts for league games only (11). Danis is the first player from Brown to earn either the Payer or Goaltender of the Year award.
Inhacak, who was also named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, is the second Brown player ever to earn ECAC Rookie of the Year honors. The last player to earn this honor was Geoff Finch '94 in 1991. Ihnacak finished as the Bears' second leading scorer with 30 points, and is Brown's first rookie to record at least 30 points as a freshman since Dave Roberts '79 in 1976. He currently ranks fourth in the country in points per game among rookies (0.97), and leads the ECAC in points among rookies. In addition, he ranks first in the league in power play points. In league games only, Ihnacak finished sixth in the league with 25 points, third with 17 assists, first with 21 power play points, fifth in power-play goals, and first in rookie scoring with 25 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' defense, to earn Best Defensive Defenseman of Year. A First Team All-Ivy selection, Ford helped to anchor Brown's blueline, while also contributing at the other end of the ice. He finished the year with 15 points, tops among Brown's defensemen, and 14th in the ECAC. In league games only, Ford ranked 11th with 11 power play points, 12th with four power play goals, and fifth in defensemen scoring with 15 points.
The Bears finished the season with a 15-11-5 record, posting a winning season for the second straight year.