COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – While student-athletes in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) continue to perform well on the ice, many of them are also performing well in the classroom as 104 NCHC student-athletes earned NCHC Academic All-Conference Team honors for the 2019-20 season, the conference announced Wednesday. Among the 104 honorees, 43 were also named NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes for their exceptional academic achievements.
To be eligible for the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must compile a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average or better while having completed at least one academic year at his current institution. Student-athletes that have accrued a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better are honored as NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, in addition to Academic All-Conference. The 43 Distinguished Scholar-Athletes are the second-most recipients since the NCHC switched to its current criteria for the Distinguished Scholar-Athletes/Scholar-Athlete Team in 2015-16 (52 recipients last year).
Of the 43 student-athletes to be tabbed NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, 26 of them have posted a cumulative GPA north of 3.7, including eight with a 3.9 GPA or better. Denver and Miami tied for the NCHC lead with eight Distinguished Scholar-Athletes each. North Dakota and Omaha each had seven student-athletes earn the honor, while Western Michigan is home to six recipients and St. Cloud State saw four Huskies collect Distinguished Scholar-Athlete accolades. All eight NCHC teams had at least one Distinguished Scholar-Athlete.
Among the 104 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team members, five schools placed at least 13 student-athletes on the team, led by Denver with 18 representatives. Western Michigan was second among the NCHC teams with 17 honorees, while Miami saw 15 RedHawks recognized. North Dakota and Omaha each produced 13 Academic All-Conference Team members. All eight schools had at least nine student-athletes honored on the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team.
While freshmen and first-year transfers are not currently eligible for the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team or Distinguished Scholar-Athlete recognition, those freshmen and transfers that achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better at the conclusion of the 2019-20 academic year, will be added to the Academic All-Conference Team by the NCHC over the summer. Similarly, any freshmen or transfers who compile a 3.5 GPA or better will be named an NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete.
The 2019-20 NCHC Senior Scholar-Athlete Award, chosen from senior Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, will be announced at the NCHC Awards Celebration on Thursday, March 19 in Saint Paul, Minn. on the eve of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff.
All 104 members of the 2019-20 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team are listed below by school, with those also earning NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete recognition in BOLD.
ST. CLOUD STATE
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