COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Recognized for his work in the classroom and on the ice, University of Denver junior defenseman Erich Fear has been selected to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District Men’s At-Large Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. He is the only National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) student-athlete to earn Academic All-District accolades this season and one of only 13 Division I men’s hockey players honored.
Fear (Winnetka, Ill.) completed his undergraduate degree in finance at Denver in three years, finishing with a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average. The 6-foot-4 blue liner is currently pursuing a master’s degree in accounting at DU. Fear received the NCAA Elite 90 Award in April for having the top GPA among NCAA Frozen Four participants. He has also earned multiple other academic honors, as Fear is a three-time NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, a three-time member of the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team and was named an AHCA All-American Scholar in 2017-18. He has also twice earned Denver’s Dr. Art Mason Top Scholar-Athlete Award.
On the ice, Fear finished this past campaign with one goal and two assists for a career-best three points. He racked up 32 penalty minutes in a career-high 38 games on the season, while helping Denver reach the NCAA Frozen Four. Fear blocked 24 shots as a junior and posted a +2 plus/minus in 2018-19. For his career, Fear has two goals, three assists and 48 penalty minutes through 64 games, while compiling a +7 plus/minus.
The Division I Academic All-District Teams are voted on by members of CoSIDA and divided into eight geographic districts across the country. Fear is one of 11 members of the NCAA Division I District 7 Men’s At-Large Team, which includes schools in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.
The Academic All-District At-Large Teams honor student-athletes in the sports of women’s beach volleyball, women’s bowling, women’s crew/rowing, men’s and women’s fencing, women’s field hockey, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rifle, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s water polo, and men’s wrestling.
Fear is now eligible for the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot, which will be voted on later this month. The Academic All-America Division I Men’s At-Large Teams will be announced on Friday, June 21. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution.