MINNEAPOLIS--Adrian College defensemen Chris Leone and Cory Dunn have been selected to the 2016 D3hockey.com All-America Team. Leone, a senior out of Dearborn Heights, Mich. (Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings, NAHL), made the second team, while Dunn of Trenton, Mich. (Austin Bruins, NAHL), was the lone freshman who earned All-America status from the organization and landed on the third unit.
Leone parlayed a career year into a chock full of accolades during his senior season, including CCM American Hockey Coaches Association All-America First Team, D3hockey.com All-West Region Second Team, All-Northern Collegiate Hockey Association, NCHA Harris Cup Most Valuable Player, and a five-time selection to the D3hockey.com Men's Team of the Week.
He registered 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 total points. His previous career highs were six goals (2013, 2015), 13 assists (2014) and 18 points (2015).
Leone's conference ranks included a first-place tie with five game-winning goals, second with seven power play goals, second in defensemen scoring (27 points), third with 14 power-play points, and 16th in overall NCHA scoring.
Leone, who served as an alternate captain for the Bulldogs in 2015-16, signed a professional hockey contract with the Greenville (S.C.) Swamp Rabbits of the East Coast Hockey League last month, scoring a goal and three assists in the team's final four games. He returned to campus for the final week to complete his business management degree (and a minor in economics).
Dunn--who was one of only two freshmen to make D3hockey all-region in either the West or East and the highest-rated First-year--previously made two other All-America teams this season: HERO Sports and CCM/AHCA Second Team.
The accounting major chipped in six goals among 31 points as one of the nation's most prolific scorers. He led the NCHA and NCAA Division III with 25 assists and 31 points from the point--totals that also were in the top-10 at the conference and national levels for rookie marks. In the NCHA, he was tied for 11th in overall scoring.
The Bulldogs swept the regular-season (Peters Cup) and tournament (Harris Cup) titles in the NCHA with a 24-4-1 overall record and 17-2-1 NCHA-South Division ledger. Adrian earned its fourth NCAA tournament appearance in a row and sixth overall since it began play during the 2007-08 season, and finished fourth in both final national polls.
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