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Denver's Erich Fear Earns NCAA Elite 90 Award for Men's Ice Hockey

By Denver Athletics, 04/10/19, 11:00PM EDT


With finance degree complete, Fear's 3.97 cumulative GPA tops all Frozen Four participants

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Denver junior defenseman Erich Fear has been named the recipient of the NCAA's Elite 90 award for the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championship.

In three years, Fear received his undergraduate degree in finance with a 3.97 cumulative GPA. The Winnetka, Illinois native is currently pursuing a master’s degree in accounting. Fear has two goals, three assists and 48 penalty minutes through 63 career games. He has one goal, two assists and 10 penalty minutes in 37 games this season. In the classroom, Fear is a two-time member of the NCHC Academic All-Conference team, a two-time NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete and was named an AHCA All-American Scholar in 2017.

The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

Fear becomes the sixth Denver student-athlete in school history to receive the award and second from the hockey program, joining Gabe Levin who won in 2016. Fear is the third National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) student-athlete to earn the honor with former North Dakota defenseman Nick Mattson earning it back-to-back in 2014 and 2015, followed by Levin in 2016.

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Denver junior defenseman Erich Fear receives the NCAA Elite 90 award at the Frozen Four banquet on Wednesday night in Buffalo.