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Thirty-Three NCHC Student-Athletes Earn AHCA All-American Scholar Accolades in 2018-19

By NCHC, 07/30/19, 2:00PM EDT


AHCA recognizes those with 3.6 GPA each semester and who played in 40 percent of games

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – With the 2018-19 academic year complete, 33 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) student-athletes have been honored as Krampade All-American Scholars for their achievements in the classroom and on the ice by the American Hockey Coaches Association, the AHCA announced Tuesday. In all, the third annual AHCA Krampade All-American Scholars program recognized 292 Division I men’s ice hockey players, as well as 205 Division I women’s ice hockey players for a total of 497 student-athletes.

To garner All-American Scholar distinction, a student-athlete must have earned at least a 3.6 grade-point average during each semester or trimester of the 2018-19 academic year and participated in at least 40 percent of their team’s games this past season. A small number of waivers to the 40 percent participation requirement were granted due to injury or for back-up goaltenders.

Seven NCHC teams had student-athletes earn All-American Scholar distinction, led by seven from North Dakota. Colorado College had six student-athletes earn All-American Scholar honors, while Denver, Miami and Omaha each had five student-athletes recognized. Western Michigan saw three representatives tabbed All-American Scholars, while two Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs were honored.

A trio of NCHC student-athletes, Colorado College graduated senior Andrew Farny, Omaha graduated senior Lukas Buchta and North Dakota rising senior Zach Yon, achieved perfect 4.0 GPAs in all semesters in 2018-19, while nine others earned a 4.0 GPA in one semester this past academic year. Of the 33 NCHC players honored, 16 are forwards, 15 are defensemen and two are goaltenders. NCHC seniors led all classes with 11 recipients, while 10 were juniors and nine were freshmen.

The 33 All-American Scholars in 2018-19 are the second-most from the NCHC in the award’s three-year history, after 30 earned the honor a season ago. Of those 30, 12 are repeat recipients in 2018-19, while eight NCHC student-athletes have earned the honor all three seasons (in bold below). The inaugural AHCA All-American Scholars announcement saw 49 NCHC student-athletes recognized in 2016-17, with a slightly lower GPA threshold.

The NCHC honored 162 student-athletes with NCHC Academic All-Conference Team distinction in 2018-19, including 49 newcomers added earlier this month, for compiling a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better. A total of 73 of those student-athletes were also named NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes for achieving a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better at the end of this past academic year.

The AHCA, which was formed in 1947, has recognized on-ice excellence with its All-America program, including 35 NCHC student-athletes in the NCHC’s six years of competition, with six NCHC student-athletes honored as All-Americans in 2018-19.

The full list of NCHC student-athletes named 2018-19 AHCA All-American Scholars is below, with three-time recipients in bold and two-time honorees in italics:

Name School 18-19 Class Position
Mason Bergh*** Colorado College Sr. F
Andrew Farny*** Colorado College Sr. D
Trevor Gooch Colorado College Sr. F
Westin Michaud Colorado College Sr. F
Tanner Ockey Colorado College Sr. F
Alex Pernitsky Colorado College Jr. D
Ryan Barrow** Denver So. F
Slava Demin Denver Fr. D
Erich Fear** Denver Jr. D
Tyson McLellan Denver Jr. F
Ian Mitchell Denver So. D
Karch Bachman*** Miami Jr. F
Scott Corbett Miami Fr. F
Derek Daschke Miami Fr. D
River Rymsha Miami Sr. D
Andrew Sinard Miami Fr. D
Mikey Anderson Minnesota Duluth So. D
Tanner Laderoute Minnesota Duluth Fr. F
Lukas Buchta*** Omaha Sr. D
Zach Jordan** Omaha Jr. F
Travis Kothenbuetel Omaha Fr. F
Fredrik Olofsson*** Omaha Sr. F
John Schuldt Omaha Fr. D
Ryan Anderson*** North Dakota Sr. G
Jacob Bernard-Docker North Dakota Fr. D
Ludvig Hoff*** North Dakota Jr. F
Joel Janatuinen North Dakota Sr. F
Colton Poolman*** North Dakota Jr. D
Cole Smith** North Dakota Jr. F
Zach Yon** North Dakota Jr. F
Kale Bennett** Western Michigan Jr. D
Jared Kucharek Western Michigan Fr. D
Trevor Gorsuch** Western Michigan Sr. G