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ASU Hockey Year in Review: Defensive Player of the Year

Arizona State had plenty of talent in the defensive zone and House of Sparky handed out the award to a deserving senior.

(Photo: Allyson Cummings)

Arizona State scored nearly twice as many goals for compared to those they allowed. For this to happen, the defense and goaltending had to be locked down on in their own side of the rink.

There are a couple of clear candidates to win this year's Defensive Player of the Year award. With three seniors on the defensive side of the rink, they each deserve a ton of credit for helping this Sun Devil team reach the No. 1 ranking and make a national semifinals appearance.

While Ryan Clark and Darcy Charrois arguably had the best second halves for ASU, it's Brian Parson who is winning this year's Defensive Player of the Year for his contributions on both ends of the rink.

In his Sun Devil career, Parson accumulated 17 goals and 46 assists. Half of his goals were scored on the power play unit thanks to his wicked slap shot from the blueline. He actually should have 18 goals on his resume, as he scored twice in the quarterfinal game against Illinois, but the officials did not credit him with the back-to-back goals.

Parson finished the season with a point in four of the last five games including the ACHA Final Four.

However, his offensive skills are not the reason he won the defensive award. Parson has been an "in your face" defender all season long, and he very rarely makes any mistakes on the defensive end. If one of his teammates is caught out of position, the Ahwatukee native is usually the first one to help recover.

Off the ice, Parson is a true leader and even more so given that he wears an "A" on his sweater. Clark and Parson have both been known to be goofballs at time, but they are the reason the team clicks and they demonstrate that this run to the Final Four was more than just a game, it was a group of friends set to do big things in Tempe.

With Parson graduating this spring, it's safe to say that nobody can replace this senior leader.