BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 16, 2021 – Six players representing four schools have been named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's All-Decade Team for the 2010s, the WCHA announced Tuesday.
Named to the 2010s squad were forwards Jack Connolly of Minnesota Duluth and Marc Michaelis and Matt Leitner of Minnesota State; defensemen Justin Schultz of Wisconsin and Alec Rauhauser of Bowling Green and goaltender Dryden McKay of Minnesota State.
The five skaters combined for 255 goals, 501 assists and 756 points during their collegiate careers while McKay is rewriting the WCHA record book, having set new league standards for career shutouts (22), season shutouts (10), league season shutouts (eight), single-season goals-against average (.946) and save percentage in league play (1.07).
The 2010s team is the seventh and final squad to be announced by the WCHA during the 2020-21 season. The WCHA is also honoring an outstanding head coach and player from each decade as the league celebrates 70 Years of Excellence.
For more on the 2010s and the rest of the WCHA's history, visit our 70 Years of Excellence Page.
|WCHA 2010s All-Decade Team|
|Name||Pos.||School||Years||Hometown||By The Numbers|
|Jack Connolly||F||Minnesota Duluth||2008-12||Duluth, Minn.||66 G/131 A/197 Pts|
|Marc Michaelis||F||Minnesota State||2016-20||Mannheim, Germany||71 G/91 A/162 Pts|
|Matt Leitner||F||Minnesota State||2011-15||Los Alamitos, Calif.||49 G/113 A/162 Pts|
|Justin Schultz||D||Wisconsin||2009-12||Kelowna, B.C.||40 G/73 A/113 Pts|
|Alec Rauhauser||D||Bowling Green||2016-20||Bismarck, N.D.||29 G/93 A/122 Pts|
|Dryden McKay||G||Minnesota State||2018-present||Downers Grove, Ill.||93 Gms/.935 Sv. Pct./1.46 GAA*|
|*- Thru 3/13/21|
Jack Connolly, Minnesota Duluth (Duluth, Minn.), 2008-12
Hobey Baker Award winner in 2011-12 … Captained Minnesota Duluth's first NCAA championship squad in 2010-11 … WCHA Scoring Champion in 2011-12 with 43 points on 16 goals and 27 assists in 28 league games … Three-time All-WCHA honoree (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12) … Three-time All-American (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12) … Three-time WCHA All-Academic Team (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12) … Hobey Baker Award finalist in 2010-11 … Finished his Bulldog career with 197 points on 66 goals and 131 assists … Tied for 24th on the WCHA career assists list … Did not miss a contest in his 166-game UMD career … His 197 career points ranks No. 8 in Bulldog history … In his ninth professional season in Sweden, currently in his third campaign with Lulea HF.
Marc Michaelis, Minnesota State (Mannheim, Germany), 2016-20
Four-time All-WCHA (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20) … WCHA All-Rookie Team (2016-17) … WCHA Rookie of the Year (2016-17) … WCHA Player of the Year (2019-20) … WCHA Offensive Player of the Year (2019-20) … Earned All-America honors as a senior in 2019-20 … Ended his Minnesota State career as the most-prolific scorer in the post-realignment WCHA, topping career post-realignment categories in points (162), goals (71), power play goals (30) and shorthanded goals (10) … 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 the conclusion of his senior year … His 71 career goals stand as the most by a Maverick in Minnesota State's Division I era … Career point total tied for No. 2 on Minnesota State's career scoring chart … Two-time team captain … One of just two Minnesota State player to earn WCHA Offensive Player of the Year and Player of the Year honors in the same season (2019-20) … Made his NHL debut earlier this season with the Vancouver Canucks.
Matt Leitner, Minnesota State (Los Alamitos, Calif.), 2011-15
Three-time All-WCHA selection (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15) … Earned All-America honors in 2014-15 … Only Minnesota State player to lead team in scoring four consecutive seasons … Tied for second on MSU's career scoring chart with 162 points on 49 goals and 113 assists in 158 career games … Assist total ranks No. 2 all-time at Minnesota State … Helped lead Minnesota State to three NCAA tournament appearances, two WCHA Final Five championships and one WCHA regular-season title.
Justin Schultz, Wisconsin (Kelowna, B.C.), 2009-12
Two-time All-American (2010-11, 2011-12) ... Two-time All-WCHA (2010-11, 2011-12) … Two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Year (2010-11, 2011-12) … One of four WCHA players to win back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards and one of five multiple-time winners … Two-time Hobey Baker Award Top-10 Finalist … Led the nation in defenseman goals in 2010-11 with 18, which at the time was the most for any defenseman nationally since 2002–03 ... Twice led nation's defensemen in goals and points with 16 and 18 goals and 44 and 47 points in 2010-11 and 2011-12, respectively ... Led Badgers in scoring as sophomore ... First Badger defenseman to lead team in goals when he tallied 16 in 2011–12 … Currently in his ninth season in the NHL and his first with the Washington Capitals … Also had stints with Edmonton and Pittsburgh … Member of two Stanley Cup championship teams in Pittsburgh (2016, 2017).
Alec Rauhauser, Bowling Green (Bismarck, N.D.), 2016-20
Two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Year (2017-18, 2019-20) … One of five WCHA players to win two Defensive Player of the Year awards … Two-time All-American 2017-18, 2019-20) … Three-time All-WCHA (2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20) … WCHA All-Rookie Team selection in 2016-17) … Three-time WCHA All-Academic Team honoree (2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20) … Ranked fifth on the WCHA post-realignment career scoring chart with 122 points on 29 goals and 93 assists … Tied for third on the post-realignment career assists list … His career point total ranks No. 9 on the Bowling Green defenseman career points list.
Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (Downers Grove, Ill.), 2018-Present
Only active player to earn WCHA All-Decade honors … Became just the 10th goaltender in WCHA history to win league Player of the Year honors in 2020-21 … Three-time WCHA Goaltending Champion with league-play averages of 1.35 in 2018-19, 1.17 in 2019-20 and 1.07 in 2020-21 … The marks are the three lowest in league play in WCHA history … Joined Michigan Tech three-time All-American Tony Esposito (1964-65, 1965-66, 1966-67) as just the second netminder to win three-straight WCHA goaltending crowns … Two-time WCHA Goaltender of the Year (2019-20, 2020-21) … Three-time All-WCHA selection … 2018-19 WCHA All-Rookie Team … College Hockey News National Rookie of the Year in 2018-19 … Hobey Baker Award and Mike Richter Award finalist in 2019-20 … Led the NCAA in GAA in 2019-20 with a 1.32 mark in all games … Leads the NCAA in GAA this season as Minnesota State begins postseason play with an average that again stands at 1.25 … Holds the WCHA career shutout record with 23 and is just three shutouts away from tying the NCAA record of 26 set by Michigan State's Ryan Miller from 1999-2002 … His 1.31 goals-against average in 2019-20 made him one of three goaltenders in WCHA history to finish the season with a GAA below 1.60, joining North Dakota's Bob Peters (1.27- 1957-58) and Wisconsin's Brian Elliott (1.55- 2005-06) … Set the WCHA single-season shutout record with 10 in 37 appearances in 2019-20 … Stands one shutout away from tying that mark with nine in 22 contests this season … Two-time WCHA All-Academic Team honoree … Two-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient …
Other Top Players of the 2010s
Garrett Roe, St. Cloud State, 2007-11: Registered 178 points on 65 goals and 113 assists for the Huskies. Drew LeBlanc, St. Cloud State, 2008-13: WCHA Player of the Year in 2012-13 … Finished his career with 147 points with 42 goals and 105 assists. C.J. Suess, Minnesota State, 2014-18: WCHA Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Scoring Champion in 2017-18. Troy Loggins, Northern Michigan, 2015-19: WCHA Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Scoring Champion in 2018-19.
Philip Beaulieu, Northern Michigan, 2016-20: WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in 2018-19 … Registered 121 points on 26 goals and 95 assists to rank as one of only two blueliners in the top-10 on the post-realignment career scoring chart. Nick Jensen St. Cloud State, 2010-13: WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012-13. Colton Parayko, Alaska, 2013-15: Won back-to-back WCHA Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Nanooks' first two seasons in the league (2013-14, 2014-15)
Michael Bitzer, Bemidji State, 2014-18: Set a then-WCHA career record with 21 shutouts, a mark that still stands as the third-best total in NCAA history … WCHA Goaltending Champion in 2016-17 with a 1.40 GAA. Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan, 2015-19: Set a WCHA record for longest scoreless streak with a 339:05 mark in 2016-17 … Became the second netminder in WCHA history, and the 11th in NCAA play, to score a goal when he fired the puck the length of the ice into the net against Michigan Tech during the 2018-19 season.
Celebrating 70 Years of Excellence
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association will celebrate 70 Years of Excellence throughout the 2020-21 season. The league will name all-decade teams and players and coaches of the decade for each of its seven decades. The teams and individuals will be selected by a panel of current and former WCHA staffers and media members who have or are currently covering the WCHA. More than 200 nominees were submitted for consideration by the 21 schools that have called the WCHA home since 1951.
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