Merrimack freshman defenseman Johnathan Kovacevic was named the 2017 TMR Best Defenseman Award winner, as voted on by readers of The Mack Report.
Kovacevic previously won the 2017 TMR Rookie of the Year Award.
Kovacevic becomes the first freshman to win TMR Best Defenseman since Karl Stollery in 2008. That began a run of four straight seasons where Stollery won the award, spanning his entire NCAA career.
Kovacevic appeared in 36 of Merrimack’s 37 games as a rookie, only missing the first game of the season, finishing with three goals and 16 assists for 19 points. Kovacevic’s point total led all defensemen and he was a fixture on both the power play and penalty kill.
A native of Grimsby, Ontario, the 6-foot-4 defenseman is eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
2017 TMR Best Defenseman Award Voting
1. Jonathan Kovacevic – 34.7%
2. Jonathan Lashyn – 31.9%
3. Jared Kolquist – 18.1%
4. Marc Biega – 8.3%
5. Write-in – 6.9%
Previous TMR Best Defenseman Award Winners
16-17: Johnathan Kovacevic
15-16: Marc Biega
14-15: Dan Kolomatis
13-14: Brendan Ellis
12-13: Jordan Heywood
11-12: Karl Stollery
10-11: Karl Stollery
09-10: Karl Stollery
08-09: Karl Stollery
07-08: Joe Loprieno
06-07: Ryan Sullivan
2017 TMR Award Winners
Player of the Year: TBA
Unsung Hero Award: TBA
Best Defenseman: Johnathan Kovacevic
Best Defensive Forward: Tyler Irvine
Most Improved/Comeback Player: Collin Delia
Fan’s Award: Brett Seney
Rookie of the Year: Johnathan Kovacevic