Fort Wayne-native Jackson Leef has been named the 2016-17 Massachusettes State Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year for men's hockey. The senior Westfield State forward finished the season tied for the conference lead with 40 points and he was second with 19 goals. He had 15 points on the power play, including six goals. He ranks third in NCAA Division III in points and goals per game
"Jackson has been a big part of our program since the moment that he stepped on campus" said Westfield State Coach Bob Miele, "Not only was he a great team player and have great production on the ice, but he was a leader off the ice as well."
Leef ranks tied for 15th on the Owls career scoring list with 102 points on 45 goals and 57 assists. Leef's 45 goals are tied for 12th all-time.
"Jackson was great on face-offs, could make plays and was a great finisher," Miele said. "He had a high hockey IQ and compete level to add to this skill set which made him dominant" said Coach Miele, "I always admired his discipline, respect, and passion for the game. He helped advance the program in many ways, and we are lucky to have had him."