St. John’s native Shayne Morrissey has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West men’s hockey rookie of the year.
The 22-year-old Morrissey recently finished his 2013-14 season with Neumann University Knights, leading the team with 23 points and 14 goals.
Morrissey, who was second in scoring among all freshmen in the NCAA Division III conference, was also named to the ECAC West all rookie team.
A five-foot-nine, 180-pound centre, he had been named the ECAC West rookie of the week three times during the season.
A product of the St. John’s Caps minor system, Morrissey came to Neumann after three seasons playing junior A hockey in Canada with the Battleford, Sask.,North Stars (SJHL), Carleton Place, Ont., Canadians (CCHL) and Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCJHL. He had also played for St. Andrews College, an Ontario prep school.
The Knights’ season ended earlier this week with a 5-2 loss to the Manhattanville College Valiants in the conference quarter-finals.
At Neumann, located in Aston., Pa., southwest of Philadelphia, Morrissey is pursuing a degree in education with a focus on mathematics. He is also a volunteer coach with minor hockey in the Philadelphia area.