Hailing from Boxford, Massachusetts, senior forward Ara Nazarian is recognized as the TNH player of the year for the UNH men’s hockey team. Nazarian led the Wildcats with a career high 12 goals and was tied for sixth on the team with 11 assists. The senior was tied for second in points with 23, recorded 10 blocks and posted a respectable .124 shooting percentage.
Nazarian had a multitude of clutch moments this season, highlighted by game winning goals against Boston College and Maine.
In this year’s White out the Whitt, Nazarian proved himself as a legitimate force in the Hockey East. He opened the game with an electric one-timer goal assisted by sophomore forward Charlie Kelleher. He also closed the game in overtime with a striking wrist shot from the left face-off circle to the upper glove side of the net, handing the ‘Cats a victory in their biggest game to date. This was his best performance of the season as he also recorded an assist, which made him good for a season high three points.
A relentless scorer and attacker, Nazarian averaged 2.9 shots on goal per game, with a high of seven in the final game of the regular season against Hockey East champion Northeastern.
He was also the only UNH player to score in four consecutive games this season, occurring over two weeks in early November.
Nazarian was awarded the 2019 Roger A. LeClerc Most Valuable Player Award, which is awarded to the team’s most valuable player and greatest sportsman. This season cements Nazarian as one of the better players in the history of the program.