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Forty-Five Freshmen and First-Year Transfers Garner 2017-18 NCHC Academic All-Conference Accolades

By NCHC, 07/02/18, 1:00PM EDT

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Thirty newcomers also tabbed NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes with 3.5 GPA or better

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.

2017-18 NCHC ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM (NEWCOMERS)

NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes in bold

COLORADO COLLEGE
Jon Flakne
McKay Flanagan
Jack Gates
Nick Olczyk

DENVER
Ryan Barrow
Devin Cooley
Jack Doremus
Jake Durflinger
Jaakko Heikkinen
Griffin Mendel
Ian Mitchell
Kohen Olischefski
Ryan Orgel
Jared Resseguie

MIAMI
Austin Alger
Phil Knies
Ben Lown
Alec Mahalak
Grant Valentine

MINNESOTA DULUTH
Matt Anderson
Mikey Anderson

Koby Bender
Ben Patt
Justin Richards
Nick Swaney

NORTH DAKOTA
Nick Jones
Matt Kiersted
Josh Rieger
Peter Thome

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OMAHA
Lawson McDonald
Cole Pickup
Martin Sundberg

ST. CLOUD STATE
Tyler Anderson
Kevin Fitzgerald
Will Hammer
Dávid Hrenák
Blake Lizotte

WESTERN MICHIGAN
Austin Cain
Cam Orchard
Josh Passolt

Austin Rueschhoff
Lukas Samuelsson
Brett Van Os
Carson Vance
Paul Washe