BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 18, 2020 – For the second time in the last three seasons, the top player in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association hails from Minnesota State as Maverick senior forward Marc Michaelis has been honored as the 2019-20 WCHA Player of the Year.
Michaelis, who earlier this week was named first team All-WCHA and 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 Michaelis' MSU teammates – Dryden McKay (WCHA Goaltender of the Year) and Lucas Sowder (WCHA Rookie of the Year) – along with Bowling Green's Alec Rauhauser (WCHA Defensive Player of the Year).
"I want to congratulate Minnesota State student-athlete Marc Michaelis on an outstanding 2019-20 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 Marc's leadership and all-around offensive production for one of the top teams in the country makes him a truly deserving winner."
Michaelis joins former Minnesota State forward C.J. Suess, who was named the WCHA Player of the Year following the 2017-18 season, as the second Maverick skater to be recognized as the league's top overall player.
"Marc's numbers speak volumes about his impact," Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings said. "You can see his versatility as far as the numbers he put up offensively and on special teams, but his impact as a player really came in all situations for us, whether you talk about five-on-five, faceoffs, power play or shorthanded. With that said, his greatest impact might have been as an example-setter and as leader on and off the ice for our program. He's helped us establish a culture that we hope will continue for years to come."
Michaelis finished his senior season with 44 points on 20 goals and 24 assists, despite missing seven games due to injury in January and February. His point total also ranked third nationally at the time the season was cancelled on March 12.
The Mannheim, Germany, native also led the WCHA in goals per game (0.65), points per game (1.42), power play points (21), shorthanded goals (three) and game-winning goals (five). His shorthanded-goal total tied for the national lead.
Michaelis ends his career as the most-prolific scorer in the post-realignment WCHA, leading in the following career categories – points (162), goals (71), power play goals (30) and shorthanded goals (10). He also ranked second in game-winning goals (12) and fourth in assists (91). His points, power play goals and shorthanded goals totals were also the most among all active NCAA players at season's end. His 71 career goals are the most by a Maverick in Minnesota State's Division I era.
He was a three-time first-team All-WCHA honoree in his career and an All-Rookie selection as a freshman in 2016-17.
In what would be his final series as a Maverick, Michaelis registered five points on a goal and four assists in top-seeded Minnesota State's two-game sweep of Alaska Anchorage in the quarterfinals of the WCHA Playoffs March 6-7. Three of Michaelis' assists in the series came on the power play and he led the league in faceoff winning percentage for the weekend with a .657 average (23-of-35).
|WCHA Most Valuable Player/Player of the Year Winners|
|PLAYER OF THE YEAR (1993-Present)|
|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|
|2019-20||Marc Michaelis, F, Minnesota State|
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (1960-92)
|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|