EDINA, Minn. – Bemidji State University forward Graeme McCormack has been selected for Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week honors following a four-point weekend versus University of Alabama-Huntsville, Feb. 26-27.
McCormack had a historic offensive effort Saturday night, becoming the first Bemidji State defensemen in the program’s D-I history (since the 1999-2000 season) to post four assists in one game. The senior from Thunder Bay, Ontario is also the first BSU player to accomplish the feat since Dec. 3, 2005. The captain helped BSU to a three-point weekend by assisting on the Beavers’ first, second, fourth and sixth goals in a 6-2 triumph over Alabama-Huntsville Saturday. Two of the helpers came on the power play, while also added a pair of blocks. McCormack finished the weekend with a +2 rating, as BSU held UAH to just three goals.
This is McCormack’s second career WCHA weekly award, both of which have come during the 2015-16 season.
McCormack has a career-best 20 points this season (6g-14a), which includes a team-best 14 points on the power play (4g-10a). He also ranks among the nations top shot blockers with a team-best 69 this season.
BSU, now 15-13-6 overall and 10-11-5 in WCHA to sit in sixth place with one week of the regular season left, continues league play this weekend. The Beavers travel to Minnesota State University, Mankato. Games will take place at 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Center.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).