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Seven WCHA Member-Team Players Honored as CCM Hockey Division 1 All-Americans for 2011-12
First Team Selections are UMD's Connolly, CC's Schwartz, UW's Schultz; Second Team Honorees Include UM's Bjugstad, UMD's Brown, UM's Patterson, DU's Zucker
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First Teamers: Jack Connolly, Justin Schultz and Jaden Schwartz

MADISON, Wis. – Seven Western Collegiate Hockey Association member-team players, including three first team selections, are among the 24 skaters announced today (April 6) as Division 1 Men's All-Americans for 2011-12 from the NCAA Men's Frozen Four being held in Tampa, Fla.

West First Team honorees from the WCHA are Minnesota Duluth senior forward Jack Connolly, Colorado College sophomore forward Jaden Schwartz and Wisconsin junior defenseman Justin Schultz. Both Connolly and Schultz are repeat First Team All-Americans. West Second Team All-American selections were Minnesota sophomore forward Nick Bjugstad, Minnesota Duluth sophomore forward J.T. Brown, Minnesota senior goaltender Kent Patterson and Denver sophomore forward Jason Zucker.

Since the completion of their seasons, Schwartz, Brown and Zucker have all opted to forgo their remaining collegiate eligibility and signed professional playing contracts. Schwartz signed with the NHL's St. Louis Blues, Brown with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning and Zucker with the NHL's Minnesota Wild.

The nation's top 24 college hockey players represent 17 different Division 1 schools. Leading the way with three selections was ECAC Champion and NCAA Frozen Four semifinalist Union College. The other three Frozen Four semifinalists – Boston College, Ferris State and Minnesota – each had two honorees.

Noteworthy this year:

- Three players repeated as First Team choices: Boston College junior defenseman Brian Dumoulin, Wisconsin junior defenseman Justin Schultz and Minnesota Duluth senior forward Jack Connolly. Connolly was also a Second Team selection in 2010.

- There are 15 players from the United States and nine from Canada.

- The U.S. selections come from Minnesota (5), Michigan (3), Massachusetts (2), Maine (1), Nevada (1), Pennsylvania (1), Texas (1) and Wisconsin (1). The Canadian honorees hail from Ontario (3), Quebec (2), Saskatchewan (2), British Columbia (1) and Manitoba (1).

- Eleven of the honorees are seniors. Of the other 13, six are juniors and seven are sophomores.

- The ECAC and WCHA each had seven All-Americans, followed by five from the CCHA, four from Hockey East, and one from Atlantic Hockey.

- Eighteen players participated in the NCAA Tournament. Nine of them advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four.

- The honorees include nine of the 10 finalists for the 2012 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the one omission being Michigan senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick.

The CCM Hockey All-American Ice Hockey Teams are sponsored by CCM HOCKEY and chosen by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association. CCM is the legendary hockey brand dedicated to the endless pursuit of performance by delivering game-changing, head-to-toe innovative hockey equipment to players worldwide.

2011-2012 MEN'S CCM HOCKEY DIVISION I ALL-AMERICANS
 
First Team
 
East
West
Troy Grosenick, SO, Union College
(Brookfield, WI)
Goalie
Taylor Nelson, SR, Ferris State University
(Regina, SK)
Danny Biega, JR, Harvard University
(Montreal, PQ)
Defense
Torey Krug, JR, Michigan State University
(Livonia, MI)
Brian Dumoulin , JR, Boston College*
(Biddeford, ME)
Defense
Justin Schultz, JR, University of Wisconsin*
(West Kelowna, BC)
Spencer Abbott, SR, University of Maine
(Hamilton, ON)
Forward
Jack Connolly, JR, Minnesota-Duluth*#
(Duluth, MN)
Alex Killorn, SR, Harvard University
(Montreal, PQ)
Forward
Jaden Schwartz, SO, Colorado College
(Wilcox, SK)
Austin Smith, SR, Colgate University
(Dallas, TX)
Forward
Reilly Smith, JR, Miami University
(Mimico, ON)
 
Second Team
East
West
Joe Cannata, SR, Merrimack College
(Wakefield, MA)
Goalie
Kent Patterson, SR, University of Minnesota
(Plymouth, MN)
Mat Bodie, SO, Union College
(East St. Paul, MB)
Defense
Chad Billins, SR, Ferris State University
(Marysville, MI)
Tim Kirby, SR, U.S. Air Force Academy
(Austin, MN)
Defense
Dan DeKeyser, SO, Western Michigan University
(Clay Township, MI)
Barry Almeida, SR, Boston College
(Springfield, MA)
Forward
Nick Bjugstad, SO, University of Minnesota
(Blaine, MN)
Brian O'Neill, SR, Yale University
(Yardley, PA)
Forward
J.T. Brown, SO, University of Minnesota-Duluth
(Burnsville, MN)
Jeremy Welsh, JR, Union College
(Bayfield, ON)
Forward
Jason Zucker, SO, University of Denver
(Las Vegas, NV)
* First Team in in 2010-11; #Second Team in 2009-10

WCHA All-American Player Profiles

Jack Connolly, Sr., F, Minnesota Duluth
All-American West First Team

Became the school's second three-time All-American in 2011-12 and the first Bulldog to ever attain All-WCHA First Team status on three occasions … Finished second in the country in both scoring (a career-high 60 points) and in assists (40) this past winter … Was named the 2011-12 WCHA Player of the Year after reigning as the league's scoring champion … 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner as the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Div. 1 hockey … All-WCHA Academic Team honoree … Is the first Bulldog in 18 years to post 50 or more points in back-to-back seasons … Skated in a school-record 166 straight games since joining the Bulldogs three years ago … Closed out his playing days ranking eighth on UMD's all-time scoring charts with 197 points – 34 more points than the next closed current NCAA competitor … Captained the Bulldogs to a 25-10-6 overall record and their third NCAA tournament berth in the past four season … Is a two-time Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist – a UMD program first…

Justin Schultz, Jr., D, Wisconsin
All-American West First Team

Schultz' selection makes him the fourth Badger named a two-time First Team All-American, and the second defensemen … Schultz joins forward Mike Eaves (1977, '78), forward Mark Johnson (1978, '79) and defenseman Craig Norwich (1976, '77) as two-time First Team All-Americans … he is the school's first two-time Hobey Baker Memorial Award top-10 finalist … His 16 goals this season made him the first defenseman in program history to lead the team in goal scoring for a season … He was on the ice for 69 of Wisconsin's 105 goals, 27 of UW's 33 power-play goals and 10 of the squad's 17 game-winning tallies during the 2011-12 season … Schultz posted scoring streaks of 10 and seven games during the season … The 10-game streak was the longest for a Badger defenseman since the 1986-87 campaign … he is just the third skater in WCHA history to win two WCHA Defensive Player of the Year awards … Schultz leads all national blue-liners in scoring for the second consecutive season with 44 points, boasting a 1.19 points per game scoring average … The next closest defenseman is averaging 1.03 points per game … Schultz's 40 career goals rank ninth-best all-time among WCHA defenseman and third in school history.

Jaden Schwartz, So., F, Colorado College
All-American West First Team

Led Colorado College in scoring for second consecutive season with 41 points (15g, 26a) in just 30 games … Factored in on seven game-winning goals, scoring four (tying for the team high) and assisting on three … Served as captain for bronze medalist Canada at the 2011-12 IIHF Junior World Championships … named to All-WCHA Second Team … Earned a CC-best +6 plus/minus rating for the season … Recorded at least one point in 26 outings, with two or more in 12 … Now playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League, who drafted him in 2010 first round.

J.T. Brown, So., F, Minnesota Duluth
All-American West Second Team

Leads the nation in plus/minus (+29) and shots on goal (187) … Established career bests for goals (a team-leading 24), assists (23), power-play goals (eight), game-winners (four) and points (47) … Was a 2011-12 All-WCHA First Team honoree … Became the first Bulldog to record two hat tricks in the same season since MacGregor Sharp did it in 2008-09 … Potted at least one goal in 11 of his final 13 games with the Bulldogs … Bypassed his final two seasons of eligibility to sign with the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nick Bjugstad, So., F, Minnesota
All-American West Second Team

Named to the All-WCHA First Team … National Player of the Month for November after recording 13 points and nine goals … WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Nov. 22 … set a career high in goals (25), assists (17) and points (42) while playing in 39 games … leads team in goals and ranks tied for fifth in the nation entering the Frozen Four with 25 … most goals scored by a Gopher since Ryan Potulny had 38 in 2005-06 … recorded 21 of his points (9g, 12a) in 16 road games … had a point in 13 of 16 road games and had five multiple-point games on the road … longest point drought of season is two games and that has happened only twice … tied for second on the team in power-play goals (8) and tied for third in plus-minus rating (+23) … leads team in shooting percentage (17.5%) … team is 20-6-1 when he records a point … leads team (of players who have taken more than 70 face-offs) with a 57.4% success rate … had a season-high six-game point streak (7g, 4a) from Nov. 12-Dec.2.

Kent Patterson, Sr., G, Minnesota
All-American West Second Team

Named to the All-WCHA First Team and won also the WCHA Goaltending Champion title with a 2.06 goals-against average in league games … National Player of the Month for October (7-1-0 record, four shutouts, 1.74 GAA and .939 save percentage) … member of All-WCHA Academic Team … three-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honoree (Oct. 11, Nov. 1 and Feb. 21) … his 28 wins are the most by a Gopher since Robb Stauber won 34 games in 1987-88 … won games against 10 different WCHA teams (Denver being the exception) … tied for the national lead in shutouts (7) … has started 63 straight games for Minnesota and dating back to his junior year played a consecutive 3,414:13 before not playing the final 20 minutes against Wisconsin (3/2) … streak started on Dec. 4, 2010 and spanned 57 games and went through 170 regulation periods and 12 overtime sessions … became first goaltender to record consecutive shutouts against the same team since Adam Hauser (shutout Alaska Anchorage at home on March 12-13, 1999) … made 30 saves in a 5-0 win against St. Cloud State (11/19) to set a school record (breaking Stauber's 1988 record of five) with six shutouts in a season.

Jason Zucker, So., F, Denver
All-American West Second Team

Zucker ranked second on the University of Denver team in 2011-12 with 46 points on 22 goals and 24 assists … named All-WCHA Second Team and Inside College Hockey All-WCHA First Team after tying for second in WCHA scoring with 37 points on 19 goals and 18 assists in 27 league games … earned All-WCHA Academic Team honors … tallied four two-goal and three-point games against Minnesota State (10/22), Colorado College (12/2), Bemidji State (12/9) and Bemidji State (1/14) … captained Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships (12/26–1/5) where he recorded seven points (3g, 4a) in six games … finished his two-year career with 91 points on 45 goals and 46 assists in 78 games … signed professional contract with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League on March 27.


WCHA All-Americans - 1951-2012

Colorado College
Name/Position Year

Tony Frasca/F 1952
Ron Hartwell/F 1952
Omer Brandt/F (2) 1952
Ken Kinsley/G (2) 1952
Phil Hilton/D 1955
Clare Smith/F 1955
Doug Silverberg/D (2) 1955
Doug Silverberg/D 1956
Don Wishart/D 1957
Bill 'Red' Hay/F 1957
Bob McCusker/F (2) 1957
Bill 'Red' Hay/F 1958
Bob McCusker/F 1958
John Simus/F 1964
Bob Lindberg/F 1966
Bob Lindberg/F 1967
Bob Collyard/F 1969
Bob Collyard/F 1970
Bob Winograd/D 1972
Doug Palazzari/F 1972
Doug Palazzari/F 1974
Eddie Mio/G 1975
Eddie Mio/G 1976
Dave Feamster/D 1980
Doug Lidster/D 1983
Rob Doyle/D (2) 1987
Chris Hynnes/D (2) 1992
Shawn Reid/D 1994
Ryan Bach/G (2) 1995
Kent Fearns/D (2) 1995
Jay McNeill/F (2) 1995
Peter Geronazzo/F 1996
Ryan Bach/G 1996
Brian Swanson/F (2) 1998
Calvin Elfring/D (2) 1998
Brian Swanson/F 1999
Scott Swanson/D 1999
Mark Cullen/F (2) 2001
Mark Cullen/F (2) 2002
Tom Preissing/D 2003
Noah Clarke/F 2003
Peter Sejna/F 2003
Curtis McElhinney/G (2) 2003
Marty Sertich/F 2005
Brett Sterling/F 2005
Mark Stuart/D 2005
Curtis McElhinney/G 2005
Brett Sterling/F 2006
Richard Bachman/G 2008
Jack Hillen/D 2008
Chad Rau/F (2) 2008
Chad Rau/F (2) 2009
Jaden Schwartz/F 2012

Denver
Name/Position Year

Eddie Miller/D 1952
Ed Zemrau/D 1958
George Konik/D 1960
Marty Howe/D 1960
Bill Masterton/F 1960
Marty Howe/D 1961
Bill Masterton/F 1961
George Kirkwood/G 1961
Grant Munro/D 1961
Jerry Walker/F 1961
Bill Staub/F 1963
Wayne Smith/D 1965
Wayne Smith/D 1966
Jim Wiste/F 1967
Jim Wiste/F 1968
Keith Magnuson/D 1968
Keith Magnuson/D 1969
George Morrison/F 1969
George Morrison/F 1970
Mike Christie/D 1971
Vic Venasky/F 1971
Tom Peluso/F 1972
Ron Grahame/G 1973
Rob Palmer/F 1973
Doug Berry/F 1978
Ernie Glanville/G 1978
Dallas Gaume/F 1986
Dwight Mathiasen/F (2) 1986
Chris Olson/G (2) 1986
Jim Smith/D (2) 1986
Daryn McBride/F (2) 1989
Dave Shields/F (2) 1990
Paul Comrie/F (2) 1999
Wade Dubielewicz/G (2) 2002
Ryan Caldwell/D 2004
Matt Carle/D 2005
Brett Skinner/D (2) 2005
Gabe Gauthier/F (2) 2005
Matt Carle/D 2006
Paul Stastny/F (2) 2006
Chris Butler/D (2) 2008
Marc Cheverie/G 2010
Patrick Wiercioch/D 2010
Rhett Rakhshani/F 2010
Jason Zucker/F (2) 2012

Michigan
Name/Position Year

Jim Haas/D (2) 1952
Alex MacLellan/D 1953
Jim Haas/D (2) 1954
Lorne Howes/G 1956
Bill MacFarland/F 1956
Bob Schiller/D 1956
Bob White/F 1958
Bob Watt/D 1959
Bob White/F 1959
Red Berenson/F 1961
Red Berenson/F 1962
Tom Polonic/D 1964
Gordon Wilkie/F 1964
Mel Wakabayashi/F 1965
Jim Keough/G 1968
Robbie Moore/G 1974
Dave Debol/F 1977
Murray Eaves/F 1980
Paul Fricker/G 1981

Michigan State
Name/Position Year

Joe Selinger/G 1959
John Chandik/G 1962
Carl Lackey/D 1964
Doug Roberts/F 1965
Doug Volmar/F 1966
Rick Duffett/G 1969
Don Thompson/F 1971
Jim Watt/G 1972
Bob Boyd/D 1973
Norm Barnes/D 1974
Steve Colp/F 1974
Tom Ross/F 1975
Tom Ross/F 1976

Michigan Tech
Name/Position Year

Joe deBastiani/D (2) 1952
Bob Monahan/D 1953
Jack McManus/F (2) 1956
John Kosiancic/F 1959
Paul Coppo/F 1960
George Cuculick/G 1960
Henry Akervall/D 1960
John Kosiancic/F 1960
Jerry Sullivan/F 1962
Lou Angotti/F 1962
Henry Akervall/D 1962
Elov Seger/D 1962
Garry Bauman/G 1963
George Hill/F 1963
Garry Bauman/G 1964
Tony Esposito/G 1965
Tony Esposito/G 1966
Bruce Riutta/D 1966
Tony Esposito/G 1967
Bruce Riutta/D 1967
Rick Best/G 1967
Gary Milroy/F 1967
Al Karlander/F 1969
Rob Murray/D 1971
Morris Trewin/G 1971
Jim Nahrgang/D 1974
Mike Zuke/F 1974
Bob D'Alvise/F 1975
Mike Zuke/F 1976
George Lyle/F 1976
Tim Watters/D 1981
Kip Noble/D (2) 1990
Jamie Ram/G 1993
Jamie Ram/G 1994
Colin Murphy/F (2) 2005

Minnesota
Name/Position Year

John Mayasich/F (2) 1952
Jim Mattson/G 1953
John Mayasich/F 1953
Ken Yackel/D 1954
Dick Dougherty/F 1954
John Mayasich/F 1954
Ken Yackel/D 1955
John Mayasich/F 1955
Ken Yackel/F (2) 1956
Jack McCartan/G 1957
Jack Petroske/D (2) 1957
Jack McCartan/G 1958
Dick Burg/F 1958
Mike Pearson/F 1958
Murray Williamson/F 1959
Lou Nanne/D 1963
Craig Falkman/F 1964

Doug Woog/F 1965
Gary Gambucci/F 1968
Murray McLachlan/G 1970
Wally Olds/D 1970
Les Auge/D 1975
Mike Polich/F 1975
Bill Baker/D 1979
Tim Harrer/F 1980
Neal Broten/F 1981
Steve Ulseth/F 1981
Pat Micheletti/F 1985
Corey Millen/F (2) 1986
Robb Stauber/G 1988
Randy Skarda/D (2) 1988
Dave Snuggerud/F (2) 1989
Todd Richards/D (2) 1989
Doug Zmolek/D (2) 1992
Larry Olimb/F (2) 1992
Chris McAlpine/D (2) 1994
Brian Bonin/F 1995
Brian Bonin/F 1996
Mike Crowley/D 1996
Dan Trebil/D (2) 1996
Mike Crowley/D 1997
Jordan Leopold/D 2001
Jordan Leopold/D 2002
John Pohl/F 2002
Paul Martin/D (2) 2003
Keith Ballard/D 2004
Thomas Vanek/F (2) 2004
Ryan Potulny/F 2006
Alex Goligoski/D 2007
Ryan Stoa/F 2009
Nick Bjugstad/F (2) 2012
Kent Patterson/G (2) 2012

Minnesota Duluth
Name/Position Year

Bob Hill/D 1966
Keith 'Huffer' Christiansen/F 1967
Murray Keogan/F 1970
Ron Busniuk/D 1970
Walt Ledingham/F 1971
Walt Ledingham/F 1972
Pat Boutette/F 1973
Curt Giles/D 1978
Curt Giles/D 1979
Mark Pavelich/F 1979
Tom Kurvers/D 1984
Bill Watson/F 1984
Rick Kosti/G (2) 1984
Bob Lakso/F (2) 1984
Bill Watson/F 1985
Rick Kosti/G 1985
Norm Maciver/D 1985
Norm Maciver/D 1986
Matt Christensen/F (2) 1986
Mike DeAngelis/D (2) 1988
Chad Erickson/G 1990
Derek Plante/F 1993
Brett Hauer/D 1993
Chris Marinucci/F 1994
Junior Lessard/F 2004
Beau Geisler/D (2) 2004
Alex Stalock/G 2009
Jack Connolly/F (2) 2010
Jack Connolly/F 2011
Mike Connolly/F (2) 2011
Jack Connolly/F 2012
J.T. Brown/F (2) 2012

Minnesota State
Name/Position Year

Shane Joseph/F (2) 2003
Grant Stevenson/F (2) 2003
David Backes/F (2) 2006

North Dakota
Name/Position Year

Ben Cherski/F (2) 1952
Ben Cherski/F 1953
Ben Cherski/F 1954
Spike Schultz/G 1954
Bill Reichart/F (2) 1955
Bill Reichart/F 1957
Bill Steenson/D (2) 1957
Bill Steenson/D 1958
Bill Steenson/D 1959
Reg Morelli/F 1960
Don Ross/D 1963
Al McLean/F 1963
Dave Merrifield/F 1963
Don Ross/D 1965
Terry Casey/F 1966
Jerry Lafond/D 1967
Terry Abram/D 1968
Bob Munro/F 1968
Bob Munro/F 1969
John Marks/D 1969
John Marks/D 1970
Alan Hangsleben/D 1972
Bob Iwabuchi/G 1979
Kevin Maxwell/F 1979
Mark Taylor/F 1980
Howard Walker/D 1980
Marc Chorney/D 1981
James Patrick/D 1983
Jon Casey/G 1984
Scott Sandelin/D (2) 1986
Tony Hrkac/F 1987
Ian Kidd/D 1987
Bob Joyce/F 1987
Ed Belfour/G (2) 1987
Steve Johnson/F 1988
Russ Parent/D 1990
Lee Davidson/F (2) 1990
Greg Johnson/F 1991
Greg Johnson/F (2) 1992
Greg Johnson/F 1993
Teeder Wynne/F (2) 1996
Curtis Murphy/D (2) 1997
David Hoogsteen/F (2) 1997
Curtis Murphy/D 1998
Jason Blake/F (2) 1998
Karl Goehring/G (2) 1998
Jason Blake/F 1999
Brad Williamson/D 1999
Jay Panzer/F (2) 1999
Karl Goehring/G 2000
Jeff Panzer/F 2000
Lee Goren/F (2) 2000
Jeff Panzer/F 2001
Travis Roche/D 2001
Bryan Lundbohm/F (2) 2001
Brandon Bochenski/F 2004
Zach Parise/F 2004
Ryan Duncan/F 2007
Jonathan Toews/F 2007
Taylor Chorney/D (2) 2007
T.J. Oshie/F 2008
Chay Genoway/D (2) 2009
Chay Genoway/D 2011
Matt Frattin/F 2011
Aaron Dell/G (2) 2011

Northern Michigan
Name/Position Year

Gary Emmons/F (2) 1987
Phil Berger/F (2) 1988
Darryl Olsen/D (2) 1989
Scott Beattie/F 1991
Brad Werenka/D 1991
Bill Pye/G (2) 1991
Dallas Drake/F 1992
Jim Hiller/F (2) 1992

Notre Dame
Name/Position Year

Bill Nyrop/D 1973
Eddie Bumbacco/F 1973
Jack Brownschidle/D 1976
Jack Brownschidle/D 1977
Brian Walsh/F 1977
Greg Meredith/F 1980

St. Cloud State
Name/Position Year

Fred Knipscheer/F (2) 1993
Mark Parrish/F (2) 1997
Mike Pudlick/D (2) 2000
Scott Meyer/G (2) 2001
Mark Hartigan/F 2002
Bobby Goepfert/G (2) 2006
Bobby Goepfert/G (2) 2007
Ryan Lasch/F (2) 2008

Wisconsin
Name/Position Year

John Jagger/D 1970
Jeff Rotsch/D 1972
Brian Engblom/D 1975
Craig Norwich/D 1976
Craig Norwich/D 1977
Julian Baretta/G 1977
Mike Eaves/F 1977
Mike Eaves/F 1978
Mark Johnson/F 1978
Mark Johnson/F 1979
Roy Schultz/G 1980
Theran Welsh/D 1980
John Newberry/F 1982
Bruce Driver/D 1982
Pat Flatley/F 1983
Tim Thomas/D (2) 1985
Tony Granato/F (2) 1985
Tony Granato/F (2) 1987
Paul Ranheim/F 1988
Paul Stanton/D 1988
Steve Tuttle/F (2) 1988
Dean Anderson/G (2) 1988
Curtis Joseph/G (2) 1989
Gary Shuchuk/F 1990
Sean Hill/D (2) 1991
Duane Derksen/G (2) 1992
Barry Richter/D 1993
Brian Rafalski/D 1995
Kirk Daubenspeck/G (2) 1997
Jeff Dessner/D 2000
Steve Reinprecht/F 2000
Dany Heatley/F (2) 2000
Dany Heatley/F 2001
Bernd Bruckler/2 2004
Brian Elliott/G 2006
Tom Gilbert/D (2) 2006
Joe Pavelski/F (2) 2006
Jamie McBain/D 2009
Brendan Smith/D 2010
Blake Geoffrion/F 2010
Justin Schultz/D 2011
Jake Gardiner/D (2) 2011
Justin Schultz/D 2012