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Where Are They Now: College Hockey Honor Roll

By WBH, 03/25/21, 12:45PM CDT

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Four former Waterloo Black Hawks won yearlong honors from their college hockey conference in 2020/21.  With the NCAA tournament about to begin tomorrow for two of them, we look back on some of the top regular season accomplishments by Black Hawks alumni.

Nick Swaney • Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC)

If not for North Dakota’s Shane Pinto, Swaney would have been both the NCHC Forward and Player of the Year.  He finished as the runner-up for both titles in addition to being named a First-Team All-NCHC selection.  During the Bulldogs’ regular schedule, Swaney led the team in goals (13), assists (14), points (27), and power play points (11).  

He produced a hat trick against St. Cloud State on February 27th, which included the game-winning goal in that UMD victory.  

Swaney was willing to put the puck on net; the former Waterloo scorer was one of two players in the NCHC to finish with triple-digit shots on goal and one of just six to do it in the NCAA.  He also recorded his 100th career point at the NCAA level during the course of the season.

His final games at UMD will be played in the NCAA Tournament.  The Bulldogs are in Fargo Regional with their first game on Friday afternoon versus Michigan.

Bobby Trivigno • Massachusetts (Hockey East)

Trivigno received one of college hockey’s most well-established awards on Monday.  He was presented with the 69th Walter Brown Award, given annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.  Trivigno is the first former Black Hawk to earn the trophy since Kevin Regan in 2008.

Two days earlier, the junior had helped the Minutemen win the Hockey East conference tournament for the first time.  UMass defeated Massachusetts-Lowell 1-0 in Saturday’s title game.  Trivigno was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament with two goals and four assists in three games.  

At the end of the regular season, Trivigno was also picked as a Hockey East First Team All-Star.  In 25 appearances, he has churned 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists), including three game-winning goals as the Minutemen produced a 16-5-4 record.

Massachusetts meets Lake Superior State Friday evening in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Alex Limoges • Penn State (Big Ten)

Wrapping up his senior campaign as Penn State’s captain, Limoges had another solid year and was picked for Honorable Mention All-Big Ten status for the second consecutive season.

Like Swaney at UMD, Limoges lead Penn State in each offensive category with ten goals and 12 assists for 22 points.  He was the only double-digit goal scorer for the Nittany Lions.  Although Penn State’s season ended with a 4-3 overtime loss to Wisconsin during the Big Ten Tournament, Limoges had a hand in all of his team’s scoring with a goal and two assists.

In 128 career NCAA appearances, the Winchester, Virginia, native ended up with 125 points (51 goals, 74 assists).

Brian Riley • Army (Atlantic Hockey)

The former Waterloo Black Hawks forward and longtime head coach at Army was recognized as Atlantic Hockey’s East Pod Coach of the Year.  The Knights were unbeaten for 13 consecutive games from January 21st until an overtime loss to Canisius in the conference tournament March 19th.  Army ended the year 15-5-1.  Riley had previously been named the AHA Coach of the Year three times.

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