Chris Howat of Bangor and J.T. Whitten of Waterville are among the eight semifinalists for the 2012 Travis Award as announced by the Maine Class A Hockey Coaches Association.
The award is presented annually to the top senior Class A high school hockey player in the state.
Howat, a goalie for Bangor, is a second-year starter with a .920 save percentage, having turned away more than 400 shots for the13-5 Rams with two shutouts. The 6-foot-4 Howat also has a 3.27 grade point average in the classroom, with his academic regimen including Advanced Placement courses in statistics and geography.
Whitten, a forward captain for the Waterville hockey team, completed his career with 15 goals and eight assists. A four-year year varsity player for the Purple Panthers, he was part of the program’s 2009 state championship team and returned to the Eastern Maine finals in 2010.
Whitten also has been a standout baseball and football player at Waterville and plans to continue his baseball career in college at either the University of Southern Maine or Husson University.
Other East semifinalists for the Travis Roy Award are defenseman Brandon Tiner of Lewiston and forward Spencer Martin of Saint Dominic. West semifinalists are defensemen Ryan Johnston of Scarborough and Taylor Reuillard of Biddeford and forwards C.J. Maksut of Thornton Academy and Ned Richard of Kennebunk.
The winner of the Travis Roy Award will announced during the coaches’ association banquet scheduled for March 18 in Lewiston.