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
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