COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In addition to the 111 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) student-athletes recognized back in February, 45 NCHC freshmen and first-year transfers have been added to the 2017-18 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team for their work in the classroom. Along with that, 30 of the 45 newcomers were named NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes for their academic accomplishments.
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 2017-18 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, 156 NCHC student-athletes made the 2017-18 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, as 111 sophomores, juniors and seniors were recognized on Feb. 14. A total of 68 student-athletes garnered NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete recognition with 38 sophomores, juniors and seniors announced in February. The 68 NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes are the most in the conference’s three years since starting to honor any NCHC student-athlete with a 3.5 GPA or better.
Among freshmen and transfers only, Denver led the way with 10 rookies on the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, while Western Michigan produced eight and Minnesota Duluth placed six on the squad. All eight NCHC teams saw at least three freshmen land on the Academic All-Conference Team. Overall in 2017-18, Western Michigan led all NCHC teams with 24 Broncos on the Academic All-Conference Team, while Omaha had 23 representatives on the Academic All-Conference Team among all classes. Colorado College and Denver placed 21 and 20 student-athletes on the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, respectively, while all eight teams had at least 14 representatives on the All-Academic Team.
Denver also paced all NCHC teams with seven rookies earning NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, while Miami and Western Michigan each had five freshmen collect Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honors. On the season as a whole, Omaha led NCHC teams with 13 NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, while Western Michigan saw 12 student-athletes collect the honor. Denver and North Dakota each had 11 student-athletes receive NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete nods.
The complete list of freshmen and first-year transfers who earned NCHC Academic All-Conference Team and/or Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honors is below, with Distinguished Scholar-Athletes noted in bold. To see the original list of 111 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team members and 38 Distinguished Scholar-Athletes from 2017-18, click here.
NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes in bold
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Brett Van Os