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Forty-Nine Newcomers in 2018-19 Honored with NCHC Academic All-Conference Accolades

By NCHC, 07/09/19, 12:00PM EDT


Of the 49, 21 also named NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes with 3.5 GPA or better

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Along with the 113 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) student-athletes recognized back in February, 49 NCHC freshmen and first-year transfers have been added to the 2018-19 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team for their work in the classroom, the conference announced Tuesday. Among those 49 newcomers, 21 also earned NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete recognition 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 NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, 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 2018-19 academic calendar complete, the newcomers are now eligible to earn NCHC academic honors. Athletic success and playing time are not criteria for these awards.

In all, 162 NCHC student-athletes made the 2018-19 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, as 113 sophomores, juniors and seniors were recognized on Feb. 19. A total of 73 student-athletes were tabbed NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, including the 52 sophomores, juniors and seniors announced in February. The 73 NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes are the most in the conference’s four years since starting to honor any NCHC student-athlete with a 3.5 GPA or better (the previous record was 68). The 162 members of the Academic All-Conference Team are the second-most in the NCHC’s six-year history, trailing only the 174 in 2016-17.

Among freshmen and first-year transfers only, Miami led the way with nine newcomers on the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, while Denver ranked second with seven freshmen or transfers on the NCHC’s All-Academic Team. Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota and Western Michigan each produced six newcomers on the All-Academic squad, while all eight NCHC teams had at least five freshmen or first-year transfers land on the Academic All-Conference Team. Overall in 2018-19, Omaha led all NCHC teams by placing 24 Mavericks on the Academic All-Conference Team, while Miami and Western Michigan were second with 22 total representatives on the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team. Colorado College and Denver each saw 21 student-athletes land on the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, while all eight NCHC programs had at least 15 representatives on the All-Academic Team.

Miami also paced all NCHC teams with six newcomers earning NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in 2018-19, while Denver and Omaha each had a quartet of rookies garner NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete. The other five NCHC teams had either one or two freshmen collect Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honors. On the season as a whole, Omaha once again led NCHC teams with 15 NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, while Denver produced 13 student-athletes that collected the honor. Miami is home to 11 Distinguished Scholar-Athletes in 2018-19, while North Dakota and Western Michigan each had nine student-athletes receive NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete nods.

The complete list of freshmen and first-year transfers who earned NCHC Academic All-Conference Team and Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honors in 2018-19 is below, with Distinguished Scholar-Athletes noted in bold. To see the original list of 113 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team members and 52 Distinguished Scholar-Athletes from 2018-19, click here.



NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes in bold


Ben Copeland
Grant Cruikshank
Erik Middendorf
Jackson Ross
Bryan Yoon

Michael Corson
Slava Demin

Cole Guttman
Kyle Mayhew
Emilio Pettersen
Brett Stapley
Tyler Ward

Scott Corbett
Bray Crowder
Derek Daschke

Jonathan Gruden
Brian Hawkinson
Noah Jordan
River Rymsha
Andrew Sinard

Jordan Uhelski

Jackson Cates
Noah Cates
Andrew Dietrich
Cole Koepke
Tanner Laderoute
Hunter Lellig

Jacob Bernard-Docker
Gavin Hain
Jackson Keane
Mark Senden
Jonny Tychonick
Jasper Weatherby

Travis Kothenbeutel
Chayse Primeau
John Schuldt
Jason Smallidge
Taylor Ward

Sam Hentges
Spencer Meier
Micah Miller
Nick Perbix
Nolan Walker

Cole Gallant
Michael Joyaux
Jared Kucharek
Jamie Rome
Mattias Samuelsson
Drew Worrad