Brown | Senior
Statistics: 15-11-4, 1.81, .942
a shock: the best goalie in college hockey in 2004 was a
Quebecois. Aren’t the best goalies always Francophones?
From Jacques Plante to Patrick Roy to Martin Broduer to
Marc-Andre Fleury, the province’s netminders always
seem to stand head and shoulders above the rest.
Yann Danis certainly fits that stereotype. The Ste. Jerome,
Quebec, native posted a rather vanilla 15-11-4 mark, but
throw in a 1.81 goals-against average, a .942 save percentage
and five shutouts. Not bad for a guy whose team scored just
79 goals in his 30 starts, an average of 2.63 goals per
not like he didn’t know he was expected to be the
Bears’ première étoile every
night – consider that Brown was 0-11-1 in games in
which Danis allowed more than two goals. That’s a
pretty heavy burden to bear.
the real deal,” said Harvard coach Mark Mazzoleni,
a former goalie at Michigan State. “I have not seen
a goaltender better than him this year, anywhere. I think
he's as good a college goaltender as I've seen in a long
also brought unprecedented attention to Brown’s hockey
program. Prior to this season, the Bears had fewer Hobey
Baker Award finalists than schools such as Babson, Bowdoin
and St. Anselm. Now he’s one of three players in the
running for college hockey’s top individual honor.
Danis recently signed a free agent contract with the Montreal
Canadiens. Whether he ends up donning the bleu, blanc
et rouge in The City of Saints remains to be seen,
but college hockey fans won’t soon forget his time