GLOUCESTER, Mass. – After finishing a challenging 2020-21 academic year, a record 62 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) student-athletes have been recognized as Krampade All-American Scholars for their achievements in the classroom, the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) announced Monday. Across all of Division I, the fifth annual Krampade/AHCA All-American Scholars program recognized 532 men’s ice hockey players, as well as 385 women’s ice hockey players.
To garner Krampade All-American Scholar distinction from the AHCA, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.6 grade-point average for each semester during the 2020-21 academic year, regardless of whether the school’s hockey team was able to play this past season or not. Due to the effects of COVID-19, the AHCA adopted revised criteria for this year’s honorees. Normally, a student-athlete is required to participate in a minimum of 40 percent of a team’s games, however that was waived this season. The honor is open to any program who is a member of the AHCA.
The 62 All-American Scholars from the NCHC are the most ever in the five-year history of the award, topping the previous best of 49 NCHC recipients in the first year of the award in 2016-17 when playing time was a requirement. All eight NCHC teams saw at least three student-athletes garner Krampade All-American Scholars honors this past season, led by 16 from Omaha. Denver and Western Michigan each also had double-digit honorees with 12 and 10, respectively. Colorado College placed seven on the All-American Scholars list, while Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota boasted five each. Miami and St. Cloud State rounded out the NCHC honorees with four and three, respectively.
Western Michigan redshirt senior defenseman Kale Bennett, the NCHC’s 2020-21 Senior Scholar-Athlete Award winner, is the NCHC’s lone four-time All-American Scholar this season. He’s only the third NCHC student-athlete to achieve the feat (former Miami forward Karch Bachman and former North Dakota defenseman Colton Poolman are the others). Four other NCHC student-athletes became three-time All-American Scholars this year in UND junior defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker, Omaha senior forward Martin Sundberg, WMU senior forward Brett Van Os and WMU junior defenseman Jared Kucharek. Of the 62 NCHC student-athletes honored, 17 are repeat honorees from 2019-20.
Among the 62 NCHC players honored, 33 are forwards, 25 are defensemen and four are goaltenders. NCHC sophomores led all classes with 20 recipients, while 16 were freshmen, 14 were juniors and 12 were seniors.
The NCHC has honored 118 student-athletes with NCHC Academic All-Conference Team distinction in 2020-21 so far and will announce freshmen and first-year transfers being added to the team later this week. To earn NCHC Academic All-Conference honors a student-athlete must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better and complete an entire academic year at their institution.
The AHCA, which was formed in 1947, has recognized on-ice excellence with its All-America program, which includes 46 NCHC student-athletes in the NCHC’s eight years of competition, including four NCHC student-athletes honored as All-Americans this past season.
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The full list of NCHC student-athletes named 2020-21 AHCA/Krampade All-American Scholars is below, with repeat honorees in bold (three- and four-time honorees denoted with *).
|Hugo Blixt||Colorado College||Jr.||D|
|Patrick Cozzi||Colorado College||So.||F|
|McKay Flanagan||Colorado College||Sr.||D|
|Jack Gates||Colorado College||Sr.||F|
|Connor Mayer||Colorado College||So.||D|
|Jack Millar||Colorado College||Fr.||D|
|Josiah Slavin||Colorado College||So.||F|
|Benjamin Almquist||Minnesota Duluth||So.||F|
|Blake Biondi||Minnesota Duluth||Fr.||F|
|Ryan Fanti||Minnesota Duluth||So.||G|
|Darian Gotz||Minnesota Duluth||Fr.||D|
|Tanner Laderoute||Minnesota Duluth||Jr.||F|
|Jacob Bernard-Docker***||North Dakota||Jr.||D|
|Brendan Budy||North Dakota||So.||F|
|Judd Caulfield||North Dakota||So.||F|
|Ethan Frisch||North Dakota||So.||D|
|Josh Reiger||North Dakota||Sr.||D|
|Chase Brand||St. Cloud State||So.||F|
|Kevin Fitzgerald||St. Cloud State||Sr.||F|
|Thomas Rocco||St. Cloud State||So.||F|
|Kale Bennett****||Western Michigan||RS-Sr.||D|
|Trevor Bishop||Western Michigan||Fr.||F|
|Aidan Fulp||Western Michigan||Fr.||D|
|Ty Glover||Western Michigan||Fr.||F|
|Daniel Hilsendager||Western Michigan||Fr.||D|
|Jared Kucharek***||Western Michigan||Jr.||D|
|Jason Polin||Western Michigan||So.||F|
|Brett Van Os***||Western Michigan||Sr.||F|
|Jarred White||Western Michigan||Fr.||F|
|Drew Worrad||Western Michigan||Jr.||F|