COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Adding to the 104 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) student-athletes recognized back in February, 44 NCHC freshmen and first-year transfers have now been bestowed 2019-20 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team honors for their work in the classroom, the conference announced Wednesday. Among those 44 newcomers, 31 (70.4 percent) also earned NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete recognition for their academic accomplishments following completion of their first year.
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 2019-20 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, 148 NCHC student-athletes made the 2019-20 Academic All-Conference Team, as 104 sophomores, juniors and seniors were recognized on Feb. 19. A record 74 student-athletes were tabbed NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes in 2019-20, including the 43 sophomores, juniors and seniors announced in February. The 74 NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes are the most in the conference’s five years since the honor began (the previous record was 73 last year).
Among freshmen and first-year transfers only, Omaha led the way with 11 newcomers on the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, as their entire freshman class made the squad. Miami (6), North Dakota (6) and Western Michigan (4) also had their entire rookie class earn Academic All-NCHC honors. All eight NCHC teams had at least three freshmen or first-year transfers added to the academic team.
Overall in 2019-20, Omaha led all NCHC teams, as they’ve done each of the NCHC’s seven seasons, by placing 24 Mavericks on the Academic All-Conference Team. Denver was second with 23 total representatives on the Academic All-NCHC Team. Miami and Western Michigan each saw 21 student-athletes land on the All-Academic squad, while all eight NCHC programs had at least 13 total representatives on the Academic All-Conference Team this season.
The Mavericks also paced all teams with nine newcomers being named NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes. North Dakota added five Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, while Denver and Western Michigan had four newcomers each receive the honor. All NCHC teams had at least two newcomers collect Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honors.
As a whole in 2019-20, Omaha also once more led NCHC teams with 16 NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, while Denver and North Dakota produced 12 total student-athletes that collected the honor. Miami and Western Michigan are home to 10 Distinguished Scholar-Athletes each this past season, while all eight teams had at least three NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes.
The complete list of freshmen and first-year transfers who earned NCHC Academic All-Conference Team and Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honors in 2019-20 is below, with Distinguished Scholar-Athletes noted in bold. To see the original list of 104 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team members and 43 Distinguished Scholar-Athletes from 2019-20, click here.
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