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Forty-Nine NCHC Student-Athletes Honored as All-American Scholars for 2016-17 Season

By NCHC, 10/06/17, 3:15PM EDT


American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) starts new initiative to recognize academic success

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – While the 2017-18 season is getting underway, 49 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) student-athletes were recognized for their success in the classroom during the 2016-17 school year as they were named All-American Scholars by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA), which announced the new initiative and inaugural 352 men’s Division I honorees earlier this week.

To earn All-American Scholar distinction, a student-athlete must have earned at least a 3.6 grade-point average during the 2016-17 academic year and participated in at least 40 percent of their team’s games a season ago. A small number of waivers to the 40 percent participation requirement were granted due to injury or for back-up goaltenders. A total of 1,310 student-athletes reached the standard throughout NCAA men’s and women’s hockey in the program’s first year.

Omaha led the NCHC with 10 All-American Scholars, followed by nine from Western Michigan and eight from Denver. Colorado College and North Dakota each had seven honorees, while all eight NCHC schools had at least one student-athlete named an All-American Scholar.

The NCHC recognized 174 student-athletes with NCHC Academic All-Conference Team distinction for the 2016-17 season, including 51 freshmen added in July, for compiling a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better. A total of 59 of those student-athletes also garnered NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team distinction for achieving a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better to end last year.

The AHCA has recognized on-ice excellence with its All-America program since 1967, including 23 NCHC student-athletes in the NCHC’s four years of competition.

The full list of NCHC student-athletes named AHCA All-American Scholars is below.

2016-17 AHCA All-American Scholars

Name School Class Position
Mason Bergh Colorado College SO F
Andrew Farny Colorado College SO D
Luc Gerdes Colorado College SR F
Matt Hansen Colorado College SR F
Cole Josefchak Colorado College FR D
Sam Rothstein Colorado College SR F
Bryce Van Horn Colorado College FR F
Evan Janssen Denver SR F
Matt Marcinew Denver SR F
Tyson McLellan Denver FR F
Greg Ogard Denver SR G
Adam Plant Denver JR D
Emil Romig Denver SR F
Colin Staub Denver SO F
Matt VanVoorhis Denver SR D
Alex Alger Miami FR F
Karch Bachman Miami FR F
Andrew Masters Miami FR G
Christian Mohs Miami FR F
Sammy Spurrell Minnesota Duluth JR F
Ryan Anderson North Dakota SO G
Ludvig Hoff North Dakota FR F
Matt Hrynkiw North Dakota SR G
Andrew Peski North Dakota FR D
Colton Poolman North Dakota FR D
Cole Smith North Dakota FR F
Zachary Yon North Dakota FR F
Alex Blankenburg             Omaha SO G
Lukas Buchta                      Omaha SO D
Ryan Galt                             Omaha SO F
Jordan Klehr                       Omaha SO D
Joel Messner                     Omaha JR D
Mason Morelli                   Omaha SO F
Freddy Olofsson               Omaha SO F
Justin Parizek                     Omaha SR F
Luc Snuggerud                  Omaha JR D
Tyler Vesel                          Omaha JR F
Zach Driscoll St. Cloud State FR G
Jimmy Schuldt St. Cloud State SO D
Nathan Widman St. Cloud State SR D
Sheldon Dries Western Michigan SR F
Neal Goff Western Michigan JR D
Trevor Gorsuch Western Michigan SO G
Aaron Hadley Western Michigan SR F
Hugh McGing Western Michigan FR F
Scott Moldenhauer Western Michigan JR D
Aidan Muir Western Michigan JR F
Collin Olson Western Michigan SR G
Paul Stoykewych Western Michigan JR D