Merrimack senior forward Michael Babcock was named the 2019 TMR Best Defensive Forward after receiving 80.4 percent of the fan vote. The annual TMR Awards are Merrimack men’s hockey postseason awards voted on by readers of The Mack Report.
Babcock is now a back-to-back winner in this category after winning the same award last season. He becomes the first back-to-back winner since Rhett Bly won the award in 2013 and 2014. Other back-to-back winners in this category include Ryan Flanigan (2011, 2012) and Derek Pallardy (2007, 2008).
Babcock finished his Merrimack career with 143 games played, which is ninth-most in program history and the second-most among American-born players (Jared Kolquist appeared in 148 games).
2019 TMR Awards
Best Defensive Forward: Michael Babcock
Most Improved/Comeback Player of the Year: Tyler Irvine
Rookie of the Year: Chase Gresock