June 23, 2018

Meet Evan Buitenhuis - Hamilton Men's Ice Hockey

Evan Buitenhuis - Hamilton Courtesy of Hamilton Sports Information

Men's ice hockey goaltender Evan Buitenhuis was a two-time All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-American. He wrapped up his career with the 2018 Jack B. Riffle Award, which is presented annually to the top male and female athlete in Hamilton's senior class. He was also honored with the Utica Kiwanis Club Award for academic, athletic and character achievements. Buitenhuis, who graduated with a degree in environmental studies and a geosciences minor, was a three-time member of the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team. He was twice voted a third team Academic All-American® by the College Sports Information Directors of America on its Division III Men's At-Large Team.

Buitenhuis helped lead Hamilton to 57 wins and four postseason appearances. In 2016-17 Buitenhuis and the Continentals won a program-record 20 games, advanced to the NESCAC Championship game for the first time, and earned their first at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. He made the All-America Third Team in 2018 and was placed on the first team in 2017 when he received the American Hockey Coaches Association's Sid Watson Award as the Division III Player of the Year. He was voted to the All-NESCAC Team three times, including the First Team twice, and collected NESCAC Player of the Year honors in 2017. He led Division III and set program single-season records for save percentage and goals against average in 2017-18, and holds the team's all-time records in both categories. Buitenhuis ended up in fourth place on the program's career saves list.