Hockey Celebrates Season at Team Banquet
The Army West Point Hockey Team got together this past weekend for its annual team banquet to celebrate a historic 2020-21 season and hand out its team awards.
In addition to the team awards given out, the Black Knights announced Colin Bilek and Eric Butte as the team captains for the 2021-22 season, while Daniel Haider and Thomas Farrell were voted alternate captains.
Henry “Hal” Beukema Award - 2020-21 recipient: Colin Bilek
Henry “Hal” Beukema (USMA ’44) was the captain of the 1944 Army hockey team and the son of a distinguished department head at the Academy. Following his graduation from West Point, Beukema became an Air Force pilot and served overseas in Berlin as well as in the states at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. He died in a crash near Langley AFB in Virginia on Jan. 19, 1954, after achieving the rank of major.
The Beukema Award, which was initiated in 1955, is given each year in the memory of Maj. Beukema to the Army hockey team's most valuable player and is voted on by team members. Read more.