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Four NCHC Players Tabbed AHCA/CCM All-Americans

By NCHC, 04/10/15, 4:15PM EDT


LaLeggia earns First-Team honors while Czarnik, McIntyre and Moore land on Second Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Four student-athletes from the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), including two from the University of Denver, were recognized for their outstanding play in 2014-15 by being named All-Americans, as the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) announced the 2014-15 CCM Men’s Division I All-American Teams Friday afternoon. Repeating as an All-American selection is Denver senior defenseman Joey LaLeggia, who landed on the West All-American First Team this year, while Miami senior forward Austin Czarnik, who is now a three-time All-American, North Dakota junior goalie Zane McIntyre and Denver sophomore forward Trevor Moore were selected to the West All-American Second Team on Friday.

In addition, three NCHC student-athletes garnered Senior CLASS Award All-American honors on Thursday. Czarnik and North Dakota senior defenseman Nick Mattson were tabbed to the Second Team while UND senior forward Mark MacMillan received First-Team Senior CLASS Award All-American. The trio was among 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, which was presented to Colgate’s Spiro Goulakos Thursday afternoon.

Czarnik is the only three-time AHCA/CCM All-American among the 24 players named a CCM All-American this year after garnering First-Team All-American in 2012-13 as a sophomore and earning Second-Team honors last season. LaLeggia also garnered Second-Team All-American accolades as a junior last year and is one of just five players to repeat as an All-American in 2014-15. Among the West All-Americans this season, the NCHC tied with the Big Ten and the WCHA as all three western conferences had a quartet of All-Americans.

LaLeggia (Burnaby, B.C.) was named First-Team All-NCHC for a second straight season this year and also won NCHC Player of the Year, while repeating as Defenseman of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year in the NCHC this season. In 37 games played in 2014-15, LaLeggia recorded 40 points on 15 goals and 25 assists. He finished with 12 more points than any other NCHC defenseman while his 40 points ranked third nationally among blue liners and his 15 goals tied for first. LaLeggia also led all NCAA defensemen with seven power play goals and was second with both three game-winning goals and 139 shots on goal. The Edmonton Oilers prospect who recently signed with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons blocked 39 shots and posted a plus-14 rating on the year while leading DU to the East Regional final where he was named to the All-Region Team. LaLeggia was a five-time NCHC Defenseman of the Week and a two-time NCHC Player of the Month this season.

Along with both of his All-American honors, Czarnik (Washington, Mich.) garnered Second-Team All-NCHC honors in 2014-15 after earning First-Team All-Conference last season. The RedHawks captain led Miami to the NCHC Tournament title by winning the Frozen Faceoff as he was named to the NCHC All-Tournament Team. In 40 games this season, Czarnik compiled 45 points on nine goals and 36 assists with the 36 assists tying for third nationally and leading the NCHC while his 45 points tied for 15th nationally. He notched a pair of short-handed goals, which tied for sixth in the NCAA, while he recorded two game-winning goals and posted a .527 win percentage in the faceoff circle. Czarnik, who signed with the Boston Bruins organization as a free agent after Miami fell in the NCAA Tournament, recorded his only career hat trick in the regular-season finale to earn NCHC Offensive Player of the Week.

McIntyre (Thief River Falls, Minn.), who is one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which will be announced later on Friday, also earned the Mike Richter Award as the most outstanding NCAA goaltender earlier on Friday. He also collected NCHC Goaltender of the Year honors and was an All-NCHC First Team selection this season, while being named a finalist for NCHC Player of the Year. He appeared in all 42 games (41 starts) for UND this season, going 29-10-3 with a 2.05 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. His 29 wins lead the NCAA while McIntyre also leads the nation in appearances, starts and minutes (2493:21). He ranks second in saves (1,111), fifth in winning percentage (.726), 12th in save percentage and 16th in GAA. The Boston Bruins draft pick backstopped North Dakota to a second straight Frozen Four appearance while earning NCAA West Region Most Outstanding Player. He also led North Dakota to the Penrose Cup in 2014-15 for winning the NCHC regular-season championship, claiming NCHC Goaltender of the Week four times during the season.

Moore (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) garnered First-Team All-NCHC honors after a breakout sophomore season, while also collecting NCHC Forward of the Year accolades. He won the NCHC scoring title with 30 points in 23 conference games. The draft-eligible winger played in 39 games for DU this year, compiling 44 points, which was third in the NCHC and tied for 17th nationally, while his 22 goals led the NCHC and tied for ninth in the NCAA. Moore tallied four game-winning goals and posted a plus-19 rating, which was second in the NCHC. He earned NCAA Second Star of the Week and NCHC Offensive Player of the Week after a six-point weekend in the penultimate weekend of the regular season. Moore recorded a hat trick as one of four multi-goal games on the season and tallied multiple points in DU’s NCAA East Regional semifinal win over Boston College.

The CCM All-American Teams are chosen by members of the AHCA, including the head coaches at the 59 Division I programs.

Last year the NCHC had five players receive AHCA/CCM All-American honors, including Czarnik and LaLeggia, giving the NCHC nine All-Americans in its first two seasons.

The NCHC led all conferences with its three Senior CLASS Award All-Americans. The Senior Class Award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I men’s hockey coaches, national hockey media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I men’s hockey. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.

MacMillan (Penticton, B.C.) is one of five national finalists for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, which will be announced later on Friday. He was named First-Team All-NCHC and NCHC Defensive Forward of the Year this season after tallying a career-high 16 goals and recording 25 points in 29 games before having his season cut short due to injury. One of UND’s most active student-athletes in the community, MacMillan played a lead role in UND’s 2013-14 North Dakota Strong campaign that raised more than $33,000 for cancer research. He’s also a member of UND’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has volunteered at the Special Olympics and Grand Forks Youth Hockey Association, among other organizations. An entrepreneurship major with a 3.50 cumulative GPA, MacMillan is a two-time academic all-conference selection. 

Mattson (Chanhassen, Minn.) received the NCAA Elite 89 Award for a second straight season at the Frozen Four on Wednesday for carrying the top grade-point average among Frozen Four participants. He was also named to the NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team and was the NCHC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2014-15. In 33 games this season, Mattson tallied 21 points, including 17 assists, and is a career-best plus-10, while he compiled 78 points in 153 career games. Mattson has given more than 50 hours of community service during his four years at UND including at the Special Olympics and the North Dakota State Fair. He is a management major with a 3.922 cumulative GPA.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive difference as leaders in their communities. The Senior CLASS Award is handed out annually in a variety of both men’s and women’s NCAA-sponsored sports. The award is managed by Premier Sports Management. To see all the Senior CLASS Award All-Americans, click here.


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West First Team
Goalie - Jake Hildebrand, JR, Michigan State (Butler, PA)
Defenseman - Joey LaLeggia, SR, University of Denver@ (Burnaby, BC)
Defenseman - Mike Reilly, JR, University of Minnesota* (Chanhassen, MN)
Forward - Zach Hyman,SR, University of Michigan (Toronto, ON)
Forward - Tanner Kero, SR, Michigan Tech University (Hancock, MI)
Forward - Matt Leitner, SR, Minnesota State University (Los Alamitos, CA)

West Second Team
Goalie - Zane McIntyre, JR, University of North Dakota (Thief River Falls, MN)
Defenseman - Zach Palmquist, SR, Minnesota State University (South St. Paul, MN)
Defenseman - Colton Parayko, JR, University of Alaska@ (St. Albert, AB)
Forward - Austin Czarnik, SR, Miami University@+ (Washington, MI)
Forward - Dylan Larkin, FR, University of Michigan (Waterford, MI)
Forward - Trevor Moore, SO, University of Denver (Thousand Oaks, CA)

East First Team
Goalie - Alex Lyon, SO, Yale University (Baudette, MN)
Defenseman - Matt Grzelcyk, JR, Boston University (Charlestown, MA)
Defenseman - Rob O'Gara, JR, Yale University (Nesconset, NY)
Forward - Daniel Ciampini, SR, Union College (Concord, ON)
Forward - Jack Eichel, FR, Boston University (North Chelmsford, MA)
Forward - Jimmy Vesey, JR, Harvard University (North Reading, MA)

East Second Team
Goalie - Jon Gillies, JR, Providence College# (South Portland, ME)
Defenseman - Mike Paliotta , SR, University of Vermont (Westport, CT)
Defenseman - Robbie Russo, SR, University of Notre Dame (Westmont, IL)
Forward - Sam Anas, SO, Quinnipiac University (Potomac, MD)
Forward - Matt Garbowsky , SR, Rochester Institute of Technology (St. George, ON)
Forward - Kevin Roy, JR, Northeastern University (Lac Beauport, PQ)

* First Team in 2013-14; @ Second Team in 2013-14; + First Team in 2012-13; # Second Team in 2012-13

Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-Americans
Chad Demers, Air Force
Spiro Goulakos, Colgate
Tanner Kero, Michigan Tech
Mark MacMillan, North Dakota
C.J. Motte, Ferris State

Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-Americans
Austin Czarnik, Miami
Nick Mattson, North Dakota

Mike Paliotta, Vermont
Kyle Rau, Minnesota
Cody Wydo, Robert Morris