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Eric Ehn falls short of winning Hobey Baker

U.S.A.F. ACADEMY, Colo. – Air Force junior Eric Ehn was selected as a second-team East All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association as announced Friday, April 6, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., the site of the 2007 Frozen Four.

On the same night in St. Louis, North Dakota’s Ryan Duncan won the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Ehn was one of the three finalists for the award, the first AFA player, and first service academy player, to ever be in the “Hobey Hat Trick”.

Ehn’s other accolades this season include first-team All-American (U.S. College Hockey Online), first-team All-American (insidecollegehockey.com), Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Year and first-team all-conference.

A center from Dexter, Mich., Ehn finished the season second in the nation in scoring with 1.60 points per game, just .08 behind the national leader from Michigan, T.J. Hensick. Ehn has 24 goals and 40 assists for 64 points in 40 games. Ehn led the nation in scoring 14 of the last 18 weeks. He ranks 11th in the nation in goals and second in assists. Ehn scored in 31 of the 40 games. He became the first Falcon to score more than 60 points in 27 years. His 40 assists are the most by a Falcon in 31 years. Ehn set a new AHA record for points in a season in conference games with 45 points (16-29-45). In six games against teams from the Big Four conferences, Ehn had four goals, five points and was a +3.

“First of all I want to congratulate Eric on a truly phenomenal season,” said Dr. Hans Mueh, AFA Director of Athletics. “His accolades this season make him one of the most decorated Air Force Academy athletes ever in any sport. Being a finalist for such a prestigious award is a tremendous achievement. He may not have had enough votes to win the award, but he is certainly a winner in everything he has accomplished this season. Eric is much, much more than a great hockey player. He is one of the most humble and team-first athletes I have ever met. We pride ourselves on developing the whole person here at the Air Force Academy and Eric fits that mold perfectly.”

The top vote-getter in phase two of the Hobey Baker fan voting, Ehn’s accomplishments extend well beyond the rink. He was an academic all-conference selection in 2005-06 as a systems engineering management major and maintains a 3.00 GPA, carrying 36 credits in two semesters this season. He spent two-thirds of this past summer in Air Force Academy-sponsored programs. Ehn attended Operation Air Force at Hill Air Force, Utah to experience the operational Air Force and also, worked Basic Cadet Training to prepare the incoming class of 2010 for the school year.

“I didn’t think when I was riding the pine in Junior B hockey that I’d ever be nominated for the Hobey Baker award,” Ehn said. “It’s been a great ride this season. There were three tremendous players and people here and we were all looking at each other thinking that the one on the right was going to win. As it turned out Ryan (Duncan) was sitting on the aisle and there was nobody on his right, so he won it. I didn’t get to see him play this year, but I watched the highlights and just said “Wow”. He’s a great guy who had a big smile on his face the whole time and is very deserving of the award. To be considered a Hobey Baker type of person is a great honor and I am thankful to be among the finalists for the award.”


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