BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 21, 2019 – For the first time since 1991, the top player in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association hails from Northern Michigan as Wildcat senior Troy Loggins has been honored as the 2018-19 WCHA Player of the Year.
Loggins, who earlier this week was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Year, was chosen for the top overall league honor by WCHA head coaches from among a group of final candidates that also included two of Loggins' NMU teammates – Philip Beaulieu (WCHA Defenseman of the Year) and Atte Tolvanen (WCHA Goaltender of the Year) – along with Ferris State's Cooper Zech (WCHA Rookie of the Year).
"On behalf of the WCHA, I want to congratulate Northern Michigan student-athlete Troy Loggins on an outstanding 2018-19 season and salute him on his selection as our WCHA Player of the Year," WCHA President and Men's Commissioner Bill Robertson said. "All four of our final candidates had outstanding seasons, but Troy's offensive production for one of the top teams in the league makes him a truly deserving winner."
Loggins joins former Northern Michigan forward Scott Beattie, who was named the WCHA Most Valuable Player following the 1990-91 season, as the second NMU skater to be recognized as the league's top overall player.
"Troy had an outstanding season and to be recognized by the coaches of our league is a testament to his impact on each game," Northern Michigan head coach Grant Potulny said. "Troy plays in every situation and has worked extremely hard to become a complete player. His desire to win and passion for excellence has left a lasting impression on Northern Michigan University and the community of Marquette."
Loggins finished his senior season with 40 points on 23 goals and 17 assists. His goal total is tied for second nationally while his 10 power play goals and three shorthanded goals are tied for the NCAA lead in their respective categories. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native also leads the country with 155 shots on goal. Appearing in all 39 games, Loggins started 20 contests.
The senior was a two-time First Team All-WCHA selection and was voted the WCHA Forward of the Week twice this season.
Loggins capped the regular season with his first career hat trick at Michigan Tech on March 1. He followed that performance with two goals the following day on NMU's Senior Day to give him five points for the second-straight weekend. The week prior in a sweep of Lake Superior State, he notched two goals and three assists to help the Wildcats retain the Cappo Cup.
The three goals at Tech were a season-high and he posted three two-goal outings during the season. For his career, Loggins appeared in 136 games and finished with 56 goals and 50 assists to finish with 106 points.
|WCHA Most Valuable Player/Player of the Year Winners|
|MOST VALUABLE PLAYER|
|Year||Name, Position, Team|
|1960-61||Jerry Walker, F, Denver|
|1961-62||Red Berenson, F, Michigan|
|1962-63||Lou Nanne, D, Minnesota|
|1964-65||Gerry Kell, F, North Dakota|
|1965-66||Mel Wakabayashi, F, Michigan|
|1966-67||Keith 'Huffer' Christiansen, F, Minnesota Duluth|
|1967-68||Keith Magnuson, D, Denver|
|1968-69||Murray McLachlan, G, Minnesota|
|1969-70||Murray McLachlan, G, Minnesota|
|1970-71||Rob Murray, D, Michigan Tech|
|1971-72||Doug Palazzari, F, Colorado College|
|1972-73||Ron Grahame, G, Denver|
|1973-74||Doug Palazzari, F, Colorado College|
|1974-75||Mike Polich, F, Minnesota (co)|
|Tom Ross, F, Michigan State (co)|
|1975-76||Mike Zuke, F, Michigan Tech|
|1976-77||Brian Walsh, F, Notre Dame|
|1977-78||Mike Eaves, F, Wisconsin|
|1978-79||Mark Johnson, F, Wisconsin|
|1979-80||Tim Harrer, F, Minnesota|
|1980-81||Steve Ulseth, F, Minnesota|
|1981-82||Phil Sykes, F, North Dakota|
|1982-83||Bob Mason, G, Minnesota Duluth|
|1983-84||Tom Kurvers, D, Minnesota Duluth|
|1984-85||Bill Watson, F, Minnesota Duluth|
|1985-86||Dallas Gaume, F, Denver|
|1986-87||Tony Hrkac, F, North Dakota|
|1987-88||Robb Stauber, G, Minnesota|
|1988-89||Curtis Joseph, G, Wisconsin|
|1989-90||Gary Shuchuk, F, Wisconsin|
|1990-91||Scott Beattie, F, Northern Michigan|
|1991-92||Duane Derksen, G, Wisconsin|
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
|Year||Name, Position, Team|
|1992-93||Derek Plante, F, Minnesota Duluth|
|1993-94||Chris Marinucci, F, Minnesota Duluth|
|1994-95||Brian Bonin, F, Minnesota|
|1995-96||Brian Bonin, F, Minnesota|
|1996-97||Mike Crowley, D, Minnesota|
|1997-98||Curtis Murphy, D, North Dakota|
|1998-99||Jason Blake, F, North Dakota|
|1999-00||Steve Reinprecht, F, Wisconsin|
|2000-01||Jeff Panzer, F, North Dakota|
|2001-02||Mark Hartigan, F, St. Cloud State|
|2002-03||Peter Sejna, F, Colorado College|
|2003-04||Junior Lessard, F, Minnesota Duluth|
|2004-05||Marty Sertich, F, Colorado College|
|2005-06||Matt Carle, D, Denver|
|2006-07||Ryan Duncan, F, North Dakota|
|2007-08||Richard Bachman, G, Colorado College|
|2008-09||Jamie McBain, D, Wisconsin|
|2009-10||Marc Cheverie, G, Denver|
|2010-11||Matt Frattin, F, North Dakota|
|2011-12||Jack Connolly, F, Minnesota Duluth|
|2012-13||Drew LeBlanc, F, St. Cloud State|
|2013-14||Cody Kunyk, F, Alaska|
|2014-15||Tanner Kero, F, Michigan Tech|
|2015-16||Alex Petan, F, Michigan Tech|
|2016-17||Michael Bitzer, G, Bemidji State|
|2017-18||C.J. Suess, F, Minnesota State|
|2018-19||Troy Loggins, F, Northern Michigan|