Merrimack senior forward Hampus Gustafsson, who signed an entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals following the conclusion of Merrimack’s season, was named the Joe Tomasello Unsung Hero Award winner by the New England Hockey Writers.
Gustafsson was Merrimack’s top goal-scorer as part of a sensational final campaign with the Warriors. He lit the lamp a team-high 15 times, helping the Warriors finish seventh in Hockey East for the second straight season. Along the way, Gustafsson posted a career-best eight-game point streak (6-2–8) and notched the program’s first hat trick in six years when he recorded a five-point outing (3g, 2a) in a road win at Boston College in February.
In 22 games against league competition, Gustafsson racked up eight goals and 19 points overall. He ranked tied for 23rd amongst all conference skaters in league scoring and was Merrimack’s top scorer against other Hockey East schools.