NCHC Announces Inaugural Scholar-Athlete Team

By: NCHC PR Email
By: NCHC PR Email

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With the inaugural National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) regular season in the books, the NCHC announced Tuesday its academic award winners as eight student-athletes were named to the first NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team, while 133 NCHC student-athletes received Academic All-Conference honors.

The NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team consists of one student-athlete from each of the eight NCHC institutions. Each school selected their recipient based on criteria that included having at least a 3.25 grade-point average and having competed in at least 25 percent of their teams’ games in their career. Scholar-Athlete Team representatives also demonstrated athletic achievement on the ice and have given back to the community and/or the campus though service opportunities. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed a full year at their school.

The inaugural NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team includes five players who wear a letter, including four captains, while seven of the eight members have a GPA north of a 3.6. Half of the team is seniors, while a pair of sophomores and juniors also makes up the squad. Four members of the Scholar-Athlete Team are finance majors, with two others in a business-related field. On the ice, two of the team members finished in the top six in conference-only scoring, while another member led all defensemen in NCHC scoring.

The 2013-14 NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team includes Western Michigan senior forward Chase Balisy, St. Cloud State senior forward Nic Dowd, Minnesota Duluth junior forward Adam Krause, Colorado College senior forward Alexander Krushelnyski, Denver sophomore forward Gabe Levin, Miami sophomore forward Kevin Morris, Nebraska Omaha junior defenseman Brian O’Rourke and North Dakota senior defenseman Dillon Simpson.

Balisy, a team captain for WMU, is a finance major who finished second in conference scoring with 27 points. Dowd, a captain for the Huskies, is a bio-medical science major and finished sixth in NCHC scoring with 25 points. Krause, another team captain, is a finance major who tallied nine points for UMD while playing every conference game. Krushelnyski, an assistant captain for CC, is an economics major who was second on the team with 14 points in conference play. Levin, a finance major, chipped in 12 points in 24 NCHC games for DU. Morris, the other sophomore, is undecided at Miami and added five points in conference play. O’Rourke, a business administration major, anchored UNO’s blue line, playing in all 24 conference games with 33 blocked shots. Rounding out the group is Simpson, the UND team captain who majors in managerial finance and corporate accounting, while he tied for the NCHC lead among blueliners with 19 points.

The inaugural NCHC Scholar-Athlete of the Year will then be chosen from the Scholar-Athlete Team, with the winner being announced at the NCHC Awards Celebration March 20 in Minneapolis.

Along with the eight student-athletes on the Scholar-Athlete Team, a total of 133 NCHC student-athletes received Academic All-Conference recognition for achieving a cumulative GPA above 3.0. Year in school and athletic success are not criteria for this award. Nebraska Omaha and St. Cloud State led the way with 20 honorees each, while Denver and Miami each had 19 student-athletes represented on the Academic All-Conference Team. Below is the entire Academic All-Conference Team by school (Scholar-Athlete Team members bolded):

COLORADO COLLEGE
Zach Aman
Jeff Collett
Hunter Fejes
Russell Finch
Luc Gerdes
Matt Hansen
Jared Hanson
Michael King
Alexander Krushelnyski
Courtney Lockwood
Peter Maric
Eamonn McDermott
Gustav Olofsson
Alex Roos
Archie Skalbeck
Peter Stoykewych
Charlie Taft

DENVER
Grant Arnold
Wade Bennett
Sam Brittain
Evan Crowley
Josiah Didier
Daniel Doremus
Bradley Hawkinson
Larkin Jacobson
Evan Janssen
Zach Larraza
Gabe Levin
David Makowski
Matt Marcinew
Nicholas Neville
Greg Ogard
Emil Romig
Quentin Shore
Matthew Van Voorhis
Nolan Zajac

MIAMI
Riley Barber
Blake Coleman
Alex Gacek
Justin Greenberg
Trevor Hamilton
Matt Joyaux
Sean Kuraly
Devin Loe
Anthony Louis
Ryan McKay
Michael Mooney
Kevin Morris
Cody Murphy
Bryon Paulazzo
Ben Paulides
Taylor Richart
Andrew Schmit
Jay Williams
Johnny Wingels

MINNESOTA DULUTH
Tony Cameranesi
Aaron Crandall
Justin Crandall
Cal Decowski
Alex Fons
Caleb Herbert
Adam Krause
Luke McManus
Charles Sampair
Timothy Smith

NEBRASKA OMAHA
Ian Brady
Brian Cooper
Jake Guentzel
Ryan Massa
Jaycob Megna
Brock Montpetit
Brian O'Rourke
Austin Ortega
Justin Parizek
Aaron Pearce
Reed Peters
James Polk
Zahn Raubenheimer
Johnnie Searfoss
Nick Seeler
Alex Simonson
Kirk Thompson
Ryan Walters
Matt Youso
Dominic Zombo

NORTH DAKOTA
Connor Gaarder
Zane Gothberg
Rocco Grimaldi
Matt Hrynkiw
Mark MacMillan
Mitch MacMillan
Nick Mattson
Derek Rodwell
Coltyn Sanderson
Dillon Simpson

ST. CLOUD STATE
Joey Benik
Brooks Bertsch
Brandon Burrell
Nic Dowd
Ryan Faragher
Kevin Gravel
Joseph Holka
Kalle Kossila
David Morley
Jimmy Murray
Niklas Nevalainen
Nick Oliver
Ryan Papa
Joseph Phillippi
Andrew Prochno
Ethan Prow
Joe Rehkamp
Rasmus Reijola
Ben Storm
Daniel Tedesco

WESTERN MICHIGAN
Chase Balisy
Sam Bloomberg
Dennis Brown
Chris Dienes
Sheldon Dries
Taylor Fleming
Aaron Hadley
Lukas Hafner
Will Kessel
David Killip
Justin Kovacs
Mike Mckee
Kenney Morrison
Thomas Nitsche
Jordan Oesterle
Josh Pitt
Frank Slubowski
Matt Stewart

On Wednesday, the NCHC will announce its all-conference and all-rookie teams.


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