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Two men’s hockey players grab NESCAC end-of-season honors

Hamilton College men’s hockey forward Luke Tchor ’27 (Toronto, Ontario/St. Martin Secondary School) and defenseman James Philpott ’25 (Calgary, Alberta/Centennial HS) were honored by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) when the NESCAC announced its 2023-24 end-of-season awards on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Tchor was voted the conference’s Rookie of the Year by the head coaches and joined Philpott on the all-NESCAC first team. Philpott was placed on the second team last year.

Tchor is the second Rookie of the Year from Hamilton in as many years as Ben Zimmerman ’26 collected the award in 2023, and he is the fourth Continental since 2000. Tchor tied for fourth with eight goals in 18 conference games and led the NESCAC with 15 assists and 23 points. He was also fifth with a plus-15 plus/minus rating. In 25 games overall this season, Tchor has 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points.

Philpott was eighth in the conference with 10 assists in 18 games. He is currently second on the team with 16 helpers, third with 19 points, and tied for fifth with 21 blocked shots in 25 games played. Philpott led a defense that was fourth in the NESCAC in the regular season with 2.56 goals allowed per game and gave up four power-play goals in 57 chances.

Hamilton (17-7-1 overall) travels to Hartford, Conn., for the 2024 NESCAC Men’s Hockey Championship where they will play Tufts University at Koeppel Community Sports Center in the semifinals on Saturday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m. If the Continentals win they play in the championship final at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, and the winner of that game earns the conference’s automatic bid to the 2024 NCAA Division III Men’s Hockey Championship. Hamilton, which is receiving votes in this week’s Division III Top 15 poll, finished 11-6-1 in conference play and fourth in the NESCAC standings with 33.5 points. The 17 wins are the most by the Continentals since the 2016-17 season.

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