GLOUCESTER, Mass.--The American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) has released its second annual AHCA Krampade Division III All-America Scholar listings, and the Adrian College men's hockey team made its debut with eight selections, including:
Nikita Babintsev, Freshman, Goaltender (Moscow, Russia/Birmingham, Mich. /Amarillo Bulls, NAHL)--Sported 1-1 record with 2.67 goals-against average in 134 minutes and 38 seconds between the pipes spanning three appearances...won his college debut on Nov. 18 against Trine, limiting the Thunder to just a goal and making 21 saves;
Blake Butzow, Senior, Defenseman (Plymouth, Mich./Penticton Vees, BCHL)--A three-time Academic All-Northern Collegiate Hockey Association pick...injuries limited him to 11 games and a point...recorded a plus-8...for his career, 21 points (2 goals, 19 assists) in 91 contests and a plus-62...business management major;
Nick Erb, Junior, Forward (London, Ontario/Aurora Tigers, OJHL)--Scored three goals and two assists for five total points in 19 contests during his first season for the Bulldogs after playing his first two years at fellow NCAA Division III Concordia University at Wisconsin...2017 NCHA Academic All-NCHA while at CUW and now at Adrian...finance major with a minor in economics;
Braden Hellems, Junior, Defenseman (St. Thomas, Ontario/Trenton Golden Hawks, OJHL)--Had a career year that included 5+16=21 scoring totals, 96 shots on goal and a plus-22 in 28 games for the Black and Gold...his 96 shots tied for the team lead...career totals now include seven goals, 21 assists, 28 points, plus-32 and 136 shots...a two-time academic all-conference honoree majoring in criminal justice;
Dean Hewines, Freshman, Defenseman (Troy, Mich./Fairbanks Ice Dogs, NAHL)--Chosen to the D3hockey.com National Team of the Week for Feb. 15, 2018...turned in eight assists and nine total points in 23 games...recorded a plus-8...first collegiate point was an assist in 4-0 win versus Williams (Dec. 30)...led Bulldog freshmen in scoring and shots on goal (37);
Andrew "Bud" Madej, Sophomore, Defenseman (New Lenox, Ill./Lone Star Brahmas , NAHL)--Had a goal and two assists in 26 appearances...also had 39 shots and a plus-13 rating...2018 Academic All-NCHA...business management major;
Chase Matson, Senior, Forward (Livonia, Mich./Soo Eagles, NAHL)--Graduated in three years with a business management degree...posted five assists and six points in 18 games...two-time Academic All-NCHA performer...posted career totals of 5+18=23 in 50 games to go along with a plus-23 and 64 shots;
Austin Rust, Senior, Forward (Algonac, Mich./Kirkland Lake Gold Miners, GOJHL)--A three-time Academic All-NCHA standout...awarded D3hockey.com Team of the Week on Nov. 8, 2017...finished Bulldog career with personal records of nine goals, 14 total points, plus-12 rating and 52 shots...72-game career scoring totals of 16+19=35...plus-26 rating for his AC tenure and 114 shots...majored in exercise science (pre-professional).
The AHCA recognizes varsity ice hockey players who attained a 3.6 grade-point average each semester and participated in 40 percent of their school's games in the 2017-18 season as "Krampade All American Scholars." The names of 821 Division II-Ill men and women have been announced this week, a month after 489 of their Division I counterparts were revealed. In the first year of this awards program during the 2016-17 season, a total of 1,261 student-athletes reached the 3.60 standard. The 2017-18 total is 1,310. A small number of waivers to the 40 percent participation requirement were granted due to injury or for back-up goaltenders.
"We are extremely proud of this group of student-athletes who have competed at the highest levels of the game on the ice and matched that performance in the classroom," said AHCA executive director Joe Bertagna. "The sport demands a great deal from these athletes so it is a great statement they make, individually and collectively, with their ability to attain this level of academic achievement."
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