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CCHA Tournament: CCHA Awards Show

Mar 23, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

Last night, the Notre Dame hockey team attended the CCHA Awards Show, appropriately themed “Celebrate the Legacy.” This was the last awards show for the CCHA, a conference that after 42 years will hold its last championship game on Sunday.

It was a night for reflection and celebration, as coaches and players assembled one last time to honor a conference that has been important to the history of collegiate hockey.

Around 8 pm, the CCHA awards were handed out, and Notre Dame Hockey was well represented.

  • Peter Schneider was Notre Dame’s CCHA Scholar Athletes of the Year
  • Steven Summerhays was a finalist for the Perani Cup, given to the player on each team who receives the most three stars of the game honors in CCHA play
  • Anders Lee was a finalist for the Best Defensive Forward, and the Warrior CCHA Player of the Year awards, and named to the All Conference First Team
  • Mario Lucia was named to the All Rookie Team
  • Joe Rogers accepted the Terry Flanagan Memorial Award, an award honoring a player for perseverance, dedication and courage while overcoming severe adversity

Joe was born with an underdeveloped right hand that keeps him from closing his catching glove. As a child, he had operations that took a bone from his foot to try and reshape the thumb on his left hand. Despite the obstacles, and with a custom-made glove, Rogers has learned to catch the puck and pull it into his chest to make a save. Joe has become a role model for kids with handicaps that want to play sports, especially hockey.

Rogers becomes the third Notre Dame player to win the award, following Erik Condra (’09), who won it in 2009 and Dan VeNard (’08) who took the honor following the 2007-08 season.

Watch Joe Rogers’s acceptance speech here.

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