The Mavericks have an NCHC-best 19 members of the Academic All-Conference Team.
Courtesy: Mark Kuhlmann

Omaha Paces NCHC in Academic All-Conference Honors

Omaha Athletics | February 15, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – While many fans see the competitiveness on the ice in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) each weekend, the competitiveness also extends to the classroom where 123 NCHC student-athletes earned NCHC Academic All-Conference Team for the 2016-17 season, the conference announced Wednesday. Among the 123 honorees, 39 student-athletes were also recognized with NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team accolades for their academic achievements.

To be eligible for the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must compile a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average or better while having completed at least one academic year at his current institution. Student-athletes that have accrued a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better garner NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team distinction, in addition to Academic All-Conference. The 123 Academic All-Conference recipients are the second-most in the NCHC’s four-year history (133 in 2013-14) and 25 more than a season ago, while the 39 Scholar-Athlete Team recipients are six more than last season when the NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team first switched to its current criteria.

Of the 39 student-athletes to receive NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team honors, 22 of them have posted a GPA north of 3.7, including five with a 3.9 GPA or higher. St. Cloud State junior defenseman Nathan Widman is the lone NCHC student-athlete with a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA. Omaha led all NCHC schools with 11 members on the Scholar-Athlete Team, seven of which had a GPA above 3.7, while Western Michigan placed nine on the team and Denver had six student-athletes earn the accolade.

Among the 123 Academic All-Conference Team members, six schools placed at least 15 student-athletes on the team, led again by Omaha with 19. St. Cloud State was not far behind with 17 members while Denver and Western Michigan each produced 16 student-athletes on the team.

While freshmen are not currently eligible for the NCHC Academic All-Conference or Scholar-Athlete Teams, those freshmen that achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year, will be added to the Academic All-Conference Team by the NCHC over the summer. Similarly, any freshmen who compile a 3.5 GPA or better will earn Scholar-Athlete Team honors.

Last year, all 25 Mavericks made the Academic All-Conference Team, and 12 of those players were members of the Scholar-Athlete Team, a conference best for both teams.

The 2016-17 NCHC Senior Scholar-Athlete Award (previously Scholar-Athlete of the Year) will be announced at the NCHC Awards Celebration on Thursday, March 16 in Minneapolis, Minn. on the eve of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff.

All 123 members of the 2016-17 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team are listed below by school, with those also earning NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team distinction in bold.

COLORADO COLLEGE
Mason Bergh
Trey Bradley
Gregg Burmaster
Andrew Farny
Luc Gerdes
Trevor Gooch
Matt Hansen
Christian Heil
Ben Israel
Nate Kwiecinski
James Martello
Cole McCaskill
Tanner Ockey
David Radke
Sam Rothstein

DENVER
Will Butcher
Evan Cowley
Brad Hawkinson
Blake Hillman
Evan Janssen
Rudy Junda
Jarid Lukosevicius
Matt Marcinew
Richard Mostrom
Logan O'Connor
Greg Ogard
Adam Plant
Evan Ritt
Emil Romig
Colin Staub
Matt VanVoorhis

MIAMI
Justin Greenberg
Grant Hutton
Ryan Larkin
Zach LaValle
Conor Lemirande
Evan McCarthy
Josh Melnick
Kiefer Sherwood
Ryan Siroky
Colin Sullivan
Johnny Wingels

MINNESOTA DULUTH
Nick Deery
Billy Exell
Alex Iafallo
Adam Johnson
Brenden Kotyk
Karson Kuhlman
Parker Mackay
Dan Molenaar
Avery Peterson
Neal Pionk
Willie Raskob
Carson Soucy
Sammy Spurell
Jared Thomas

NORTH DAKOTA
Ryan Anderson
Brock Boeser
Danys Chartrand
Rhett Gardner
Mike Gornall
Matt Hrynkiw
Joel Janatuinen
Cam Johnson
Austin Poganski
Tucker Poolman
Hayden Shaw
Johnny Simonson
Matej Tomek
Chris Wilkie
Christian Wolanin

OMAHA
Riley Alferd
Alex Blankenburg
Ian Brady
Lukas Buchta
Grant Gallo
Ryan Galt
Jordan Klehr
Joel Messner
Mason Morelli
Luke Nogard
Fredrik Olofsson
Austin Ortega
Justin Parizek
David Pope
Jake Randolph
Jalen Schulz
Luc Snuggerud
Steven Spinner
Tyler Vesel

ST. CLOUD STATE
Jacob Benson
Will Borgen
Mikey Eyssimont
Mika Ilvonen
Robby Jackson
Clark Kuster
Jon Lizotte
Niklas Nevelainen
Patrick Newell
Ryan Papa
Judd Peterson
Jimmy Schuldt
Ben Storm
Daniel Tedesco
Nathan Widman
Blake Winiecki
David Zevnik

WESTERN MICHIGAN
Colt Conrad
Sheldon Dries
Taylor Fleming
Neal Goff
Trevor Gorsuch
Aaron Hadley
Will Massey
Jade McMullen
Scott Moldenhauer
Griffen Molino
Aidan Muir
Collin Olson
Corey Schueneman
Paul Stoykewych
Frederik Tiffels
Richard Zehnal

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