UMass hockey notebook: Bobby Trivigno named Hockey East men’s Player of the Year

  • UMass forward Bobby Trivigno was named the Hockey East men's player of the Year on Tuesday. The senior captain won the league's scoring title and was its only unanimous first-team all-star. CHRIS TUCCI/UMASS ATHLETICS

  • UMass forward Bobby Trivigno was named the Hockey East men's player of the Year on Tuesday. The senior captain won the league's scoring title and was its only unanimous first-team all-star. CHRIS TUCCI/UMASS ATHLETICS—

  • UMass forward Bobby Trivigno was named the Hockey East men's player of the Year on Tuesday. The senior captain won the league's scoring title and was its only unanimous first-team all-star. CHRIS TUCCI/UMASS ATHLETICS—

  • UMass forward Bobby Trivigno led Hockey East with 32 points in 24 games. He was the only player in the top five for both goals and assists. CHRIS TUCCI/UMASS ATHLETICS—

Staff Writer
Published: 3/15/2022 6:37:41 PM
Modified: 3/15/2022 6:37:28 PM

AMHERST — No other school recruited UMass forward Bobby Trivigno.

They all missed out on the Hockey East Player of the Year.

The UMass hockey senior captain was awarded the league’s highest individual men’s player honor Tuesday after being named a finalist Monday.

“You can be an elite player and still not win this award. He was the most dominant player. If you've watched our team play, and it doesn't matter how much you know about hockey, you come away saying that number eight is their best player,” UMass coach Greg Carvel said. “Most valuable players are the guy that makes your team go, and Bobby does that for us in every single possible way.”

He led the league in scoring both in conference play (32 points) and overall (45). Trivigno scored six more points than any other Hockey East player in 24 league games. His 18 assists were second in the league (behind teammate Ryan Ufko’s 19), and he scored 14 goals, tied for second in Hockey East with Boston University’s Wilmer Skoog. He was the only player in the conference’s top five in both categories.

Trivigno was the only unanimous member of Hockey East’s first team all-stars.

“Just my feeling, obviously biased, is it wasn’t even close,” Carvel said. “I don’t know what the voting was, but to me Bobby was a runaway winner.”

He’s the second Minuteman to win the award after Cale Makar in 2019. Makar, now with the Colorado Avalanche, also won the Hobey Baker that season.

Trivigno, from Setauket, New York, ranks fifth nationally with 45 points. He was a first-team All-American last season.

“When he got here, before he played a game here, no one would have ever guessed he was going to be the MVP of the league. By the end of his freshman year, you realize this kid made a difference every night,” Carvel said. “In order for kids to develop, they have to want to be coached and pushed and challenged. Bobby was raised that way. Coming in here wasn’t much of an adjustment for him. He  took it personally. He proved me wrong. That’s all he’s done his whole life is prove everybody wrong.”

Northeastern’s Jerry Keefe won the league’s coach of the year award, while his goalie Devon Levi received the Hockey East rookie of the year award.

ABOUT LAST WEEK – UMass sophomore forward Josh Lopina was named the Hockey East player of the week for his four-point game in the quarterfinals against Providence. He factored into every goal of a 4-2 win, scoring the first two and assisting the others.

MIDNIGHT OIL – No. 11 UMass (20-12-2) will face No. 13 (21-9-3) UMass Lowell in the Hockey East semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at TD Garden. It’s the second game of a doubleheader with No. 10 Northeastern and UConn (4 p.m. puck drop).

The Minutemen have been the second game of every major semifinal doubleheader they’ve been a part of: the 2019 Hockey East tournament, the 2019 Frozen Four and the 2021 Frozen Four (every Hockey East tournament game was played at campus sites last year).

“I’ve come to terms with this: we will always be the second game. UMass has a huge following, and I’m not going to complain about the fact that we have to play the second game because I’ll take the support,” Carvel said.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.

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