COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Adding to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) student-athletes honored back in February, 51 NCHC freshmen have been named to the 2016-17 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team for their work in the classroom. In addition, 20 of the 51 freshmen also achieved NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team honors for their academic accomplishments.
To be eligible for the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must compile a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (or better) and have completed a full academic year at their current institution. Similarly, for the NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team, a student-athlete must attain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better with a full year of academic studies. Freshmen and first-year transfers were not eligible when the honors were first announced in February as they had not completed a full academic year, but with the 2016-17 academic calendar complete, the rising sophomores are now eligible to earn NCHC academic honors. Athletic success and playing time are not criteria for these awards.
In all, a record 174 NCHC student-athletes compose the 2016-17 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, as 123 sophomores, juniors and seniors were recognized on Feb. 15. The 174 members of the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team are the most in the conference’s four-year history (158 was the previous high last season). A total of 59 student-athletes garnered NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team nods with 39 sophomores, juniors and seniors announced in February. The 59 members of the NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team are one more than in 2015-16, which was the first season any NCHC student-athlete with a 3.5 GPA or better was recognized.
Among freshmen only, Miami led the way with 10 rookies on the Academic All-Conference Team, while Colorado College produced nine and Western Michigan had eight on the squad. Six of the eight NCHC teams placed at least six freshmen on the Academic All-Conference Team while all eight teams were represented by rookies. Overall in 2016-17, Omaha saw 25 Mavericks collect Academic All-Conference honors, the most of any NCHC team, while Colorado College, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan each had 24 representatives on the Academic All-Conference Team among all classes.
North Dakota paced all NCHC teams with six rookies on the Scholar-Athlete Team, while Miami placed five freshmen on the team and Western Michigan had four rookies earn the honor. On the season as a whole, Western Michigan led NCHC teams with 13 members garnering Scholar-Athlete Team distinction, while Omaha saw 11 student-athletes collect the honor and North Dakota had nine earn the accolade.
The complete list of freshman student-athletes who earned NCHC Academic All-Conference and Scholar-Athlete Team honors is below, with Scholar-Athlete Team distinction noted in bold. To see the original list of 123 NCHC Academic All-Conference members and 39 Scholar-Athlete Team honorees from 2016-17, click here.
Beginning next season, members of the NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team will instead be referred to as NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, as approved by the NCHC Athletic Council in April.
NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team recipients in bold
Max St. Pierre
St. Cloud State