Sunday, February 26, 2017
Bunton: Ivy League Player of the Year.
Bunton: Ivy League Player of the Year
Belleville's Hanna Bunton of Cornell battles a Dartmouth foe during 2016-17 women's Ivy League hockey action. (Cornell Athletics photo)
Belleville's Hanna Bunton is the NCAA Div 1 women's hockey Ivy League Player of the Year.
The former Belleville Athlete of the Year led Cornell to its 13th Ivy League title this season, pacing the Big Red with an overall team-high 26 points on 10 goals and 16 assists. Bunton was second overall in Ivy League scoring with five goals and a dozen points; her two game-winning goals and three power-play tallies tied for top spot.
Bunton, a senior at Cornell (Ithaca, NY) was also named to the Ivy League First All-Star Team. She achieved a plus-5 rating in 31 games overall and ranks in the top-25 in the ECAC for points (17th), assists (17th) and goals (24th); her team-leading five power-play goals and four game-winners rank in the top-five in the ECAC.
Last season, in her junior year at Cornell, Bunton was named an Ivy League Second Team All-Star. She was Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2013-14 and earned selection to the ECAC All-Rookie Team.
The St. Theresa Secondary School graduate and former Belleville Bearcats girls minor hockey standout has accumulated career totals of 37 goals and 50 assists for 86 points in 122 games with the Big Red — including 12 game-winners, 10 on the power play and two shorthanded.
Cornell captured the six-team Ivy League title this season with an undefeated 7-0-3 record to finish five points ahead of runner-up Princeton (5-3-2). Overall, the Big Red were 19-7-5 in 31 games.
• Need to know: Bunton assisted on the O.T. game-winning goal in the 2013 IIHF U18 women's hockey final as Canada beat the arch-rival Americans 2-1 in the gold medal match.