GLOUCESTER, Mass. – Twelve members of the Bemidji State University Men’s Hockey team team have been selected to the first class of American Hockey Coaches Association “All American Scholars” award. The new initiative honors NCAA Division I men’s hockey players who averaged at least a 3.6 GPA and participated in at least 40-percent of their respective school’s games during the 2016-17 season.
With 285 players recognized from 44 institutions, Bemidji State, which had twelve players recognized, was second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and tied for fifth in the nation.
American International College led the nation with 14 representatives, while the Atlantic Hockey Association paced all hockey conferences with 75 recipients. The WCHA was a close second with 74.
As a team, the Beavers posted a 3.48 GPA to lead all BSU varsity sport programs.
BSU players recognized included: Justin Baudry, Kyle Bauman, Dan Billett, Dillon Eichstadt, Brendan Harms, Jordan Heller, Tommy Muck, Charlie O’Connor, T.J. Roo, Hampus Sjodahl, Mike Soucier and Zach Whitecloud.
Bemidji State completed the 2016-17 campaign with an overall record of 22-16-3, to mark the first time BSU has posted at least 22 wins since the 2009-10 season. Bemidji State also recorded a 20-6-2-2 record in WCHA play, to set a program record for wins as a member of the league (since 2010-11), won its 22nd conference title and its first as a member of the WCHA, and treated its dedicated fans to a Sanford Center-record 13 home wins.
League coaches selected BSU to finished second behind Minnesota State University in the WCHA Preseason Poll. Bemidji State opens its 2017-18 schedule with an Oct. 13-14 home-and-home series with regional rival University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers then begin the defense of their 2016-17 league title Oct. 27-28 when BSU hosts Ferris State University at Sanford Center for a WCHA series.
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).