NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Joe Cannata (Wakefield, MA) was named a second-team All-American Friday night, becoming the second Merrimack player in two years to earn the prestigious honor.
"Joe is a big time goalie and winner," said head coach Mark Dennehy. "He played a huge part in changing our culture to a winning one. He's been blessed with a wonderful disposition for a goaltender. He does his job and doesn't get rattled by his environment. He wants to win but does his job first. If he was frustrated, he never let the coaching staff or his teammates see it."
Cannata, who was a New England Division I All-Star for the second straight season, appeared in 36 games for Merrimack as a senior, posting a 17-12-7 record, a 2.18 goals-against and a .925 save percentage.
Cannata departs as Merrimack's all-time leader in wins, games played, minutes played, saves, goals-against and save percentage. He started all but one game in his final two years and allowed only 27 even strength goals (excluding empty netters) in 27 league games this season. The Wakefield native surrendered more than two goals only eight times this year, as Merrimack went 18-2-4 when scoring two or more goals.
A two-time Hobey Baker nominee and Walter Brown award semifinalist, Cannata was a Hockey East first-team selection this year, becoming the program's first first-team honoree since 1993-94.
Cannata debuted at Merrimack in style, making 44 saves in his first career game, a 1-0 win at Army, becoming the first goaltender in Merrimack history to record a shutout in his first start. Last year, Cannata was a finalist for the Walter Brown Award as the top college hockey player from New England. He was drafted by Vancouver in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Last season, Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France) was named a second-team All-American, becoming the first Merrimack hockey player since 1998 to earn that honor.
Ranked nationally all season for the first time ever, Merrimack finished 18-12-7 overall and in fifth in Hockey East with a 13-9-5 record.