GLOUCESTER, Mass. – With the 2019-20 academic year complete, 41 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, the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) announced Tuesday. Across all of Division I, the fourth annual AHCA All-American Scholars program recognized 318 men’s ice hockey players, as well as 253 women’s ice hockey players for a total of 571 student-athletes.
To garner Krampade All-American Scholar distinction from the AHCA, a student-athlete must have earned at least a 3.75 grade-point average during the fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year and participated in at least 40 percent of their team’s games this past season. Due to the effects of COVID-19 on actual grades in the spring, the AHCA adopted revised criteria for this year’s honorees, which previously required a 3.6 GPA in both semesters. A small number of waivers to the 40 percent participation requirement were granted due to injury or for back-up goaltenders.
The 41 All-American Scholars from the NCHC are the second-most in the four-year history of the award, trailing only the NCHC’s 49 recipients in its first year in 2016-17 when a slightly lower GPA threshold was in place. All eight NCHC teams saw at least two student-athletes garner Krampade All-American Scholars honors in 2019-20, led by eight each from North Dakota and Omaha. It was the second straight year UND led the conference in All-American Scholars, while Omaha led the NCHC the first two seasons All-American Scholars were named. Western Michigan had six student-athletes recognized this season, while Denver and Miami each saw five players named All-American Scholars.
Two student-athletes became the NCHC’s first four-time All-American Scholars as Miami senior forward Karch Bachman and North Dakota senior defenseman Colton Poolman each garnered the distinction for the fourth time. Bachman was also the NCHC’s 2020 Senior Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. Four others – Denver senior defenseman Erich Fear, North Dakota senior forward Cole Smith, Omaha senior forward Zach Jordan and Western Michigan redshirt junior defenseman Kale Bennett – are now three-time All-American Scholars. Ten other NCHC student-athletes earned the honor for a second time this past season.
Of the 41 NCHC players honored, 18 are forwards, 17 are defensemen and six are goaltenders. NCHC seniors led all classes with 14 recipients, while 10 were freshmen, nine were juniors and eight sophomores.
The NCHC has honored 104 student-athletes with NCHC Academic All-Conference Team distinction in 2019-20 so far, and will announce freshmen and first-year transfers being added to the team on Wednesday. To earn NCHC Academic All-Conference honors a student-athlete must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better and complete an academic year at their institution.
The AHCA, which was formed in 1947, has recognized on-ice excellence with its All-America program, which includes 42 NCHC student-athletes in the NCHC’s seven years of competition, adding seven NCHC student-athletes as All-Americans in 2019-20.
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The full list of NCHC student-athletes named 2019-20 AHCA/Krampade All-American Scholars is below, with multi-time winners in bold (three- and four-time winners denoted with *).
|Kristian Blumenschein||Colorado College||Sr.||D|
|Jon Flakne||Colorado College||Jr.||G|
|Chad Sasaki||Colorado College||Fr.||D|
|Ryan Fanti||Minnesota Duluth||Fr.||G|
|Tanner Laderoute||Minnesota Duluth||So.||F|
|Jacob Bernard-Docker||North Dakota||So.||D|
|Judd Caulfield||North Dakota||Fr.||F|
|Ethan Frisch||North Dakota||Fr.||D|
|Casey Johnson||North Dakota||Sr.||F|
|Westin Michaud||North Dakota||Sr.||F|
|Andrew Peski||North Dakota||Sr.||D|
|Colton Poolman****||North Dakota||Sr.||D|
|Cole Smith***||North Dakota||Sr.||F|
|Tyler Anderson||St. Cloud State||Jr.||D|
|Chase Brand||St. Cloud State||Fr.||F|
|Will Hammer||St. Cloud State||Jr.||F|
|Clark Kuster||St. Cloud State||Sr.||D|
|Kale Bennett***||Western Michigan||R-Jr.||D|
|Brandon Bussi||Western Michigan||Fr.||G|
|Jared Kucharek||Western Michigan||So.||D|
|Jason Polin||Western Michigan||Fr.||F|
|Brett Van Os||Western Michigan||Jr.||F|
|Drew Worrad||Western Michigan||So.||F|