DULUTH, Minn.--The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Wednesday released the 2017-18 NCHA Men's All-Academic Team, as the Peters Cup champion Adrian College Bulldogs had 14 representatives--four more than last season and double the amount in 2014-15.
Highlighting the way, 18 student-athletes across the conference are earning the academic distinction for the third time in their careers, reaching the normal maximum (players need to sophomores to be considered)--and Adrian seniors Blake Butzow and Austin Rust are on that prestigious list.
A player must be at least sophomore status to earn the all-academic award, as well as have an overall grade-point average above 3.00.
Here's a season synopsis of each Bulldog honoree:
Blake Butzow #, Senior, LD, Plymouth, Mich. / Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL)...second season as an alternate captain...career scoring totals of 2 goals, 20 assists and 22 total points in 88 games...limited to eight games this season due to injury...plus-8 rating...three-time Academic All-NCHA...a business management major.
Austin Rust #, Senior, RW, Algonac, Mich. / Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (GOJHL)...having a career year with eight goals, 13 points, 46 shots on goal and a plus-11 rating...career scoring totals of 15+19=34 in 69 contests...three-time Academic All-NCHA...made D3hockey.com Team of the Week debut on Nov. 8...majoring in exercise science (pre-professional).
Ryan Cusin, Sophomore, RW, Westland, Mich. / Aston Rebels (NAHL)...Has 9+14=23 career scoring totals for seventh on the team in points--his first season in an Adrian uniform after playing the 2016-17 campaign at UMASS-Boston...career scoring totals of 25+38=63 in 50 appearances...the NCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Feb. 13...finance major.
Cory Dunn, Junior, D, Trenton, Mich. / Austin Bruins (NAHL)...a three-time D3hockey.com Team of the Week selection this season (Nov. 15, Dec. 5, Jan. 30)...28 points ranks tied for fourth on the squad...leads NCAA Division III blueliners with 25 assists...bidding for a third year named a AHCA coaches' All-American...majoring in finance, with a minor in economics.
Kevin Entmaa, Junior, G, Milton, Ontario / Caledonia Corvairs (GOJHL)...Selected to the D3hockey.com Team of the Week on Jan. 30...owns a 15-2 record in goal, tying his career high for wins in a season...also among nation's leaders in goals-against average (1.82) and save percentage (.933)...business management major and marketing minor.
Nick Erb *, Junior, RW, London, Ontario / Aurora Tigers (OJHL)...Was a member of the conference's all-academic team while playing for fellow NCHA foe Concordia-Wisconsin in 2016-17...has chipped in two goals and two assists in 17 games in first season with the Bulldogs...career scoring totals of 14+19=33 in 68 games...finance major...economics minor.
Braden Hellems *, Junior, RD, St. Thomas, Ontario / Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)...another Bulldog who is having a career year with scoring totals of 4+16=20, ranking fourth on the team in assists and eight in points...also has career highs in plus/minus rating (+22) and shots on goal (89)...has twice as many shots than he did in his previous two seasons (40 combined)...majoring in criminal justice, with a minor in business administration.
Bud Madej, Sophomore, D, New Lenox, Ill. / Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL)...so far this season, has posted career bests with 35 shots and a plus-12...chipped in two assists in 23 games played, a personal record for appearances...majoring in business management.
Chase Matson *, Junior, LW/C, Livonia, Mich. / Soo Eagles (NAHL)...a senior academically and plans to graduate in three years...has contributed four assists among five points, a plus-3 and 17 shots...in 47 career games, has 5+17=22 scoring totals...pursuing a degree in business management.
Matt McNair, Sophomore, F, Beiseker, Alberta / Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)...set a personal record with 10 assists and tied his PR with 12 points so far this season...plus-9 rating also is a career high...had three assists in a victory at Finlandia...majoring in business.
Vincent Paquette, Sophomore, F, Calgary, Alberta / Calgary Mustangs (AJHL)...Seven assists in 19 contests...30 shots on goal and plus-4...a business major.
Vinny Post, Sophomore, RW, Clarkston, Mich. / Carlton Place Canadiens (CCHL)...season totals of five assists, six points, plus-8 rating and 23 shots on goal...studying marketing.
Mathew Thompson, Senior, C, Bolton, Ontario / Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)...Named to the D3hockey.com Team of the Week on Jan. 9...two-year team captain...currently ranks third on the team with 29 points on 14 goals and 15 assists...61 shots...a plus-16 rating...career scoring totals of 59+64=123 in 102 games...a sports management major and economics minor.
Bryan Yim *, Junior, F, RW/C, Farmington, Mich. / New Jersey Hitmen (USPHL)...season totals so far include eight goals, 10 assists and 18 total points in 26 games played, plus 63 shots and a plus-11 rating...averaging almost a point a game for his career (80 points in 83 contests)...physics major and mathematics minor.
Top-ranked Adrian has won 15 games in a row to improve to 23-4 overall, won the NCHA regular season crown for the fourth year in a row with a 17-1 league slate, and is hosting Lake Forest College in the Harris Cup Semifinals on Saturday at 2:05 p.m.
Note: * =Two-Time NCHA All-Academic Member … # =Three-Time All-Academic Member
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