COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A trio of National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) players were honored by USCHO on Tuesday, as U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) announced its 2018-19 All-USCHO Teams. St. Cloud State senior forward Patrick Newell and Minnesota Duluth junior goaltender Hunter Shepard were both selected to the All-USCHO First Team, while SCSU senior defenseman Jimmy Schuldt landed on the All-USCHO Second Team.
The NCHC was one of only two conferences to place a pair of players on the All-USCHO First Team, along with ECAC Hockey. Shepard and Schuldt were two of only four players to repeat on the All-USCHO Teams, after Shepard earned Third-Team honors last year and Schuldt was on the First Team.
Newell (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), who was also selected to the All-CHN First Team by College Hockey News earlier in April, was a Hobey Baker Award top-10 finalist, an AHCA First-Team West All-American and the unanimous NCHC Forward of the Year, while also earning a spot on the All-NCHC First Team. Now a member of the New York Rangers, Newell also won the NCHC’s Sportsmanship Award, while capturing the NCHC scoring title with 28 points in 24 conference games, including tallying a league-best 13 goals in NCHC play. Newell finished the season with 47 points in 39 games, tying for fifth nationally in scoring. His 21 goals tied for eighth in the country, including six game-winning goals, which finished third in the NCAA, while handing out 26 assists. Newell led the entire country with his +35 plus/minus, while firing 124 shots on goal. He was the NCHC February Player of the Month, a two-time NCHC Offensive Player of the Week and was also voted to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff All-Tournament Team.
Shepard (Cohasset, Minn.) was one of five finalists for the Mike Richter Award and earned NCHC Goaltender of the Year, along with AHCA First-Team West All-America and First-Team All-NCHC honors. The repeat All-USCHO recipient backstopped the Bulldogs to their second straight National Championship, becoming the first goalie to pitch a shutout in the NCAA title game since 2013, while landing on the NCAA Frozen Four and NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament Teams. In addition, Shepard was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2019 NCHC Frozen Faceoff and to the Frozen Faceoff All-Tournament Team after leading the Bulldogs to the NCHC Tournament title. He also claimed the NCHC’s Three Stars Award for being a First Star of the Game five times in conference play. Shepard started all 42 games in net for UMD this season, the most starts in the country, while posting a 29-11-2 record with the 29 wins tops in the NCAA and his .714 win percentage fifth nationally. His seven shutouts this year, including in the championship game, tied for second nationally, while his 1.76 goals-against average ranked fourth in the NCAA and his .923 save percentage was 15th. The three-time NCHC Goaltender of the Month was also a three-time NCHC Goalie of the Week and the National Goaltender of the Month for January.
Schuldt (Minnetonka, Minn.), who signed with the Vegas Golden Knights after his career with SCSU ended, was a Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick finalist, the 2018-19 NCHC Player of the Year and NCHC Defensive Defenseman of the Year. Like his teammate Newell, he also earned All-CHN First-Team honors for the second straight season from College Hockey News and was also a repeat AHCA First-Team West All-American this season. A two-time First-Team All-NCHC selection, including unanimously this season, Schuldt was voted to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff All-Tournament Team along with Newell and Shepard and was a three-time NCHC Defenseman of the Week. Schuldt led all NCHC blue liners with 35 points this season, which tied for seventh nationally, while scoring 10 goals, tying for eighth among NCAA defensemen, and chipping in 25 assists. The three-time team captain played in all 39 games this season, never missing a single game in his career (156 straight games), while posting a +24 plus/minus, which tied for seventh nationally among blue liners. Schuldt blocked 77 shots on the season, tying for 13th in the country, while firing 79 shots on goal.
Along with the three NCHC players to earn All-USCHO honors, four other NCHC student-athletes were among those receiving votes for the All-USCHO Teams: SCSU sophomore forward Blake Lizotte, UMD senior forward Parker Mackay, UMD sophomore defenseman Scott Perunovich, who earned All-USCHO First-Team accolades last year, and Denver sophomore blue liner Ian Mitchell. To see the complete All-USCHO Teams, click here.
USCHO awards are voted on by the site’s conference columnists after the Frozen Four. Individual USCHO awards for the Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year and Player of the Year will be announced later this week.