June 28, 2004
RALEIGH, NC - Brown University's Brian Ihnacak '07 (Toronto, ONT), of the men's ice hockey team, was chosen by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The Bears' first player to be drafted since Brian Eklund '02 was selected in 2000 by the Tampa Bay Lighting, Ihnacak was selected in the ninth round (259th overall).
The 2004 Ivy League and ECAC Rookie of the Year, Ihnacak was Brown's first Ivy Rookie of the Year since Jimmy Andersson in 1995. He recorded 13 points in Ivy play (4g, 9a), leading the Ivy League in freshman scoring.
Ihnacak was 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 finished the season ranked third in the country in points per game among rookies (0.97), and led the ECAC in points among rookies. In addition, he ranked 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 forward was also named ECAC Rookie of the Week three times this season.