December 5, 2003

Brown's Yann Danis Named November National College Hockey Player of the Month

Dec. 5, 2003

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - Brown University senior Hobey Baker candidate Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE) was honored as the Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) National College Hockey Player of the Month (November), after helping Brown men's ice hockey get off to its best start since 1975-76 with a 6-1-1 record.

Danis, a native of Saint Jerome, Quebec, enjoyed a sensational month by registering a 6-1-1 record, .975 save percentage, 0.74 goals-against average, and recording three shutouts in eight games. His efforts earned a wealth of honors, including ECAC Goaltender-of-the-Week (11/3), USCHO.com Defensive Player of the Week (11/4 and 12/2), INCH.com Player of the Week (11/17), and ECAC Player of the Week (12/1). The 6-0, 190-pound Danis allowed just six goals on 242 shots in nearly 485 minutes of action. He registered a season-high 39 saves in a 1-1 overtime tie with Providence on Nov. 25, and stopped all 38 shots faced against St. Lawrence Nov. 29 to earn his third shutout of the season and 11th of his career. He was named First Star against the Saints, and also earned First-Star honors against the Saints, and also earned First-Star honors against Clarkson on Nov. 28, stopping 31-of-32 shots in a 4-1 Bears' victory.

Statisically, Danis ranks first nationally in goals-against average (0.74) and save percentage (.975), is tied for first in shutouts (3), and is tied for fifth in win percentage at .812. Brown, which is ranked No. 12 in the national polls, owns the nation's stingiest defense, allowing a paltry 0.88 goals per game.

In addition, freshman Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT), who leads the Bears with 12 points and nine power-play points, was an Honorable Mention selection for the HCA Rookie of the Month (November). He ranks first in the country in points per game (rookies) with 1.50, seventh overall, while leading the ECAC in power-play points.

The Bears will look to continue their fast start this weekend on the road, against Cornell and Colgate in a pair of ECAC games, before a three-week exam break.