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March 10, 2011
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North Dakota's Matt Frattin, Chay Genoway Honored as WCHA Player of the Year, WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year to Highlight 2010-11 Men's Award Winners
Wisconsin's Justin Schultz Voted WCHA Defensive Player of the Year by Head Coaches; Denver's Jason Zucker is WCHA Rookie of the Year; Nebraska Omaha's Dean Blais Honored as WCHA Coach of the Year; UND's Frattin and Aaron Dell Reign as WCHA Scoring, Goaltending Champions; Sioux Place Three Players, Minnesota Duluth Two on All-WCHA First Team; 140 Student-Athletes Earn All-WCHA Academic Team Honors
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WCHA Player of the Year Matt Frattin of North Dakota

MADISON, Wis. Two seniors representing regular season and MacNaughton Cup champion University of North Dakota forward Matt Frattin and defensemen Chay Genoway were today (March 10) honored as WCHA Player of the Year and WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, respectively, to highlight the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association individual awards for the 2010-11 season. Frattin and Genoway were also both voted to the All-WCHA First Team.

The league's other major individual awards went to University of Wisconsin defensemen Justin Schultz as WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, University of Denver forward Jason Zucker as WCHA Rookie of the Year, Frattin as WCHA Scoring Champion, North Dakota netminder Aaron Dell as WCHA Goaltending Champion, and to Dean Blais of the University of Nebraska Omaha as WCHA Coach of the Year.

Frattin, who received 58 votes in player of the year balloting, also captured the league's scoring title (conference games only) with 40 points (22g, 18a), the most points by a Sioux player in league games since 2000-01. In 28 league games he averaged 1.43 points per game as the Sioux claimed the regular season championship for a record 15th time overall and second time in the past three seasons. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Frattin is tied for the NCAA Div. 1 lead with 29 goals, including a nation's-best 19 goals scored away from home, and leads UND in points (49), goals (29), power-play goals (9), game-winning goals (4), and shorthanded goals (2). He is currently riding his second nine-game point streak for the season, scored a goal in eight straight games earlier this season, and has gone consecutive games without a point on only two occasions. Frattin is a draftee of the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs.

Genoway, who also earned All-WCHA First Team honors, was named the men's WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year in a vote of league member team Faculty Athletic Representatives. A two-time team captain and one of only three individuals to earn WCHA Scholar-Athlete honors four times (the others were Scott McCulloch of Colorado College from 2005-09 and Jenna Hewitt of Minnesota State from 2006-10), Genoway maintains a 3.558 cumulative grade-point average at North Dakota and will graduate in May with a BBA in Management. After a season-ending injury last year, the Morden, Manitoba product went on to earn a 4.0 GPA in the fall of 2010, has done a team-leading 68.5 hours of community service during this academic year and was named an ESPN the Magazine All-American as a junior. He is the fourth highest scoring defenseman overall in the WCHA this season with 26 points (6g, 20a) despite missing eight games, ranked second in the WCHA in points per game by a defenseman at 0.95, leads all active WCHA defensemen with 116 career points, and put together a 12-game point streak earlier this season, tying a 33-year old school record for defensemen. Genoway is also a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award and has earned UND's Archie Krum Memorial Athletic Scholarship for "leadership qualities, high academic standards and athletic excellence" three years in a row.

The WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award is determined from nominations made by the member institutions and each institution then has one final vote. The criteria is as follows: 1) must be a senior student-athlete, i.e. one who is finishing his competition as an eligible player in the WCHA; 2) consistently displays outstanding sportsmanship on and off the ice; 3) is a good student making satisfactory progress toward a degree; and 4) is a good hockey player who has performed consistently as a regular member of the team.

To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his or her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.

The league's 12 head coaches voted the University of Wisconsin's Justin Schultz as WCHA Defensive Player of the Year. From West Kelowna, British Columbia, Schultz is the first sophomore to win the award and also earned All-WCHA First Team accolades. Schultz is the second straight Badger to earn the league's top defensive award, with defensemen Brendan Smith earning the honor in 2009-10. Schultz's 18 goals so far this season are the most for any defenseman in the country since the 2002-03 season and one off the UW record. He's the nation's leading point scorer among defensemen and also leads the Badgers with 46 points. Among his goals are nine power-play goals, five first goals and three game-winning goals, including an overtime game-winning goal. A draftee of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks, he posted the first hat trick by a UW defenseman since 1991-92 and logs over 30 minutes of ice time per game.

Honored as the WCHA Rookie of the Year was University of Denver forward Jason Zucker, who was named on 78 ballots after leading all first-year conference players in scoring and finishing third overall with 36 points (20g, 16a). From Las Vegas, Nevada, Zucker made a strong bid to become just the second freshman in the 59-year history of the WCHA to win a scoring title, with DU's Vic Venasky first accomplishing the feat in 1970-71 with 39 points (14g, 25a) in 22 games. One of only two players to score 20 goals in WCHA action, he ranked second nationally among rookies with 1.12 points per game, had 12 multiple-point games, and tallied 14 points (4g, 10a) during a career-high nine-game point streak. Zucker was named the National Div. 1 Rookie of the Month for February and was a two-time WCHA Rookie of the Week. He is a draftee of the NHL's Minnesota Wild.

Earning the WCHA goaltending crown for 2010-11 was North Dakota's Aaron Dell, who was also voted to the All-WCHA First Team. A sophomore from Airdrie, Alberta, Dell topped all league netminders with a 1.97 goals-against average in conference play, posting a 19-4-1 WCHA mark and a .912 save percentage over 1,432:09 of action. He won the league's goaltending crown by the widest margin since 2001-02 and led the WCHA in league wins (19) and winning percentage (.812). In 33 overall games, Dell is tied for second in the nation in wins (24), ranks second in GAA (1.95), third in winning percentage (.781), and is tied for fourth in shutouts (4). A two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, he put together a shutout streak of 224 minutes, :31 seconds, the second-longest in school history and the longest in nearly 60 years.

The WCHA Coach of the Year for 2010-11 is Dean Blais of the University of Nebraska Omaha. Blais, who earns the award for the fourth time in his collegiate coaching career, led his Mavericks to a 17-9-2 league mark and third place finish, just one point out of second, as well as to a home playoff berth in the team's first season in the WCHA. Named on 49 ballots, he guided UNO to it's best-ever conference finish, to the most conference wins in school history, and as of March 10, the Mavericks have also already secured the second-highest single season win total in school history with 21. Blais, who earned his 300th career win on Feb. 12 against Wisconsin, was previously honored as the league's coach of the year in 1996-97, 1998-99 and 2000-01 as head coach at North Dakota.

Three different conference-member teams North Dakota, Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin are represented on the All-WCHA First Team for 2010-11. Named to the All-WCHA First Team (statistics are league games only) were: F Matt Frattin, Sr., North Dakota (28 gp, 22-18=40); F - Jack Connolly, Jr., Minnesota Duluth (28 gp, 9-28=37); F Mike Connolly, Jr., Minnesota Duluth (28 gp, 19-15=34); D Justin Schultz, So., Wisconsin (28 gp, 10-19=29); D Chay Genoway, Sr., North Dakota (20 gp, 5-14=19); G Aaron Dell, So., North Dakota (19-4-1, 1.97 gaa, .912 sv%).

Members of the 2010-11 All-WCHA Second Team are: F Jason Zucker, Fr., Denver (28 gp, 20-16=36); F Drew Shore, So., Denver (28 gp, 15-19=34): F Justin Fontaine, Sr., Minnesota Duluth (28 gp, 14-18=32); D Jake Gardiner, Jr., Wisconsin (28 gp, 5-18=23); D Matt Donovan, So., Denver (28 gp, 4-17=21); G Kent Patterson, Jr., Minnesota (13-5-5, 2.31 gaa, .926 sv%).

Voted to the All-WCHA Third Team for 2010-11 were: F Jason Gregoire, Jr., North Dakota (24 gp, 18-13=31); F Jaden Schwartz, Fr., Colorado College (17 gp, 10-15=25); F Drew LeBlanc, Jr., St. Cloud State (28 gp, 11-17=28); D Kurt Davis, Sr., Minnesota State (28 gp, 5-14=19); D Justin Faulk, Fr., Minnesota Duluth (28 gp, 6-15=21); G John Faulkner, So., Nebraska Omaha (16-9-2, 2.54 gaa, .910 sv%).

And voted to the All-WCHA Rookie Team for 2010-11 were: F Jason Zucker, Fr., Denver (28 gp, 20-16=36); F Jaden Schwartz, Fr., Colorado College (17 gp, 10-15=25); F J.T. Brown, Fr., Minnesota Duluth (28 gp, 12-14=26); D Justin Faulk, Fr., Minnesota Duluth (28 gp, 6-15=21); D David Makowski, Fr., Denver (27 gp, 4-14=18); G Sam Brittain, Fr., Denver (13-6-3, 2.40 gaa, .920 sv%).

Two players named to the all-league teams were also earlier honored on Feb. 10 as WCHA Scholar-Athletes for 2010-11. They were Chay Genoway (Sr., D, North Dakota) and Drew LeBlanc (Jr., F, St. Cloud State). Major award winners and members of the various all-league teams who were also recognized today as member of the 2010-11 men's All-WCHA Academic Team were: Matt Donovan (So., D, Denver), Drew Shore (So., F, Denver), Kent Patterson (Jr., G, Minnesota), Jack Connolly (Jr., F, Minnesota Duluth), Justin Fontaine (Sr., F, Minnesota Duluth), John Faulkner (So., G, Nebraska Omaha), Matt Frattin (Sr., F, North Dakota), Chay Genoway (Sr., D, North Dakota), Jason Gregoire (Jr., F, North Dakota), and Drew LeBlanc (Jr., F, St. Cloud State).

Voting for the major awards and all-league teams in the WCHA is done by conference member team coaches, players, sports information directors and local media. Each member team receives eight ballots and there are 96 total voters. Points for the all-league teams are awarded on a five (1st team vote), three (2nd team), and one (3rd team vote) basis. The WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year award is selected by league-member Faculty Athletic Representatives while the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year is selected by the league's 12 head coaches.


2010-11 WCHA Award Winners
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All-WCHA First Team
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Forward: Matt Frattin
Senior, North Dakota
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Forward: Mike Connolly
Junior, Minnesota Duluth
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Forward: Jack Connolly
Junior, Minnesota Duluth
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Defense: Justin Schultz
Sophomore, Wisconsin
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Defense: Chay Genoway
Senior, North Dakota
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Goalie: Aaron Dell
Sophomore, North Dakota
  Pos Name Team Ht Wt Yr Hometown Pts
    F Matt Frattin North Dakota 6-0 206 Sr Edmonton, AB 435
    F Jack Connolly Minnesota Duluth 5-8 160 Jr Duluth, MN 354
    F Mike Connolly Minnesota Duluth 5-9 190 Jr Calgary, AB 354
    D Justin Schultz Wisconsin 6-1 185 So West Kelowna, BC 438
    D Chay Genoway North Dakota 5-9 177 Sr Morden, MB 273
    G Aaron Dell North Dakota 6-0 191 So Airdrie, AB 283

All-WCHA Second Team
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Forward: Jason Zucker,
Freshman, Denver
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Forward: Drew Shore
Sophomore, Denver
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Forward: Justin Fontaine
Senior, Minnesota Duluth
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Defense: Jake Gardiner
Junior, Wisconsin
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Defense: Matt Donovan
Sophomore, Denver
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Goalie: Kent Patterson
Junior, Minnesota
   Pos Name Team Ht Wt Yr Hometown Pts
    F Jason Zucker Denver 5-10 175 Fr Las Vegas, NV 320
    F Drew Shore Denver 6-3 190 So Denver, CO 196
    F Justin Fontaine Minnesota Duluth 5-11 175 Sr Bonnyville, AB 183
    D Jake Gardiner Wisconsin 6-2 193 Jr Minnetonka, MN 253
    D Matt Donovan Denver 6-0 190 So Edmond, OK 151
    G Kent Patterson Minnesota 6-1 180 Jr Plymouth, MN 141

All-WCHA Third Team
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Forward: Jason Gregoire
Junior, North Dakota
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Forward: Jaden Schwartz
Freshman, Colorado College
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Forward: Drew LeBlanc
Junior, St. Cloud State
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Defense: Kurt Davis
Senior, Minnesota State
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Defense: Justin Faulk
Freshman, Minnesota Duluth
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Goalie: John Faulkner
Soph., Nebraska-Omaha
   Pos Name Team Ht Wt Yr Hometown Pts
    F Jason Gregoire North Dakota 5-11 196 Jr Winnipeg, MB 113
    F Jaden Schwartz Colorado College 5-10 182 Fr Wilcox, SK   87
    F Drew LeBlanc St. Cloud State 6-0 185 Jr Hermantown, MN 74
    D Kurt Davis Minnesota State 5-9 175 Sr Plymouth, MN 150
    D Justin Faulk Minnesota Duluth 5-11 200 Fr South St. Paul, MN 99
    G John Faulkner Nebraska Omaha 6-1 207 So Sarnia, ON 123

All-WCHA Rookie Team
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Forward: Jason Zucker,
Freshman, Denver
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Forward: Jaden Schwartz
Freshman, Colorado College
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Forward: J.T. Brown
Freshman, Minnesota Duluth
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Defense: Justin Faulk
Freshman, Minnesota Duluth
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Defense: David Makowski
Freshman, Denver
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Goaltender: Sam Brittain
Freshman, Denver
   Pos Name Team Ht Wt Yr Hometown Votes
    F Jason Zucker Denver 5-10 175 Fr Las Vegas, NV 91
    F Jaden Schwartz Colorado College 5-10 182 Fr Wilcox, SK 80
    F J.T. Brown Minnesota Duluth 5-10 170 Fr Burnsville, M 44
    D Justin Faulk Minnesota Duluth 5-11 200 Fr South St. Paul, MN 82
    D David Makowski Denver 6-0 205 Fr Wildwood, MO 44
    G Sam Brittain Denver 6-3 210 Fr Calgary, AB 79

140 Student-Athletes Representing All 12 Teams On Men's All-WCHA Academic Team for 2010-11; 61 are Previous Honorees

MADISON, Wis. A record total of 140 student-athletes, representing all 12 Western Collegiate Hockey Association-member institutions, have earned distinction as members of the men's 2010-11 All-WCHA Academic Team as announced today, March 10, by the conference office. Sixty-one (61) of those 140 individuals are previous honorees. The highest numbers of student-athletes earning men's All-WCHA Academic Team honors in a single season prior to this year was 120 in 2009-10 and 107 in 2008-09.

To earn recognition as a member of the All-WCHA Academic Team, member team student-athletes must meet the following criteria: 1) have completed one year of residency at present institution, prior to the current academic year; and 2) have a grade point average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the previous two semesters or three quarters.

Following, by member institution, are the members of the men's 2010-11 All-WCHA Academic Team (*indicates repeat honoree).

University of Alaska Anchorage: Chris Crowell (So., F, Williams Lake, BC); Alex Gellert (So., F, Kelowna, BC); Dusan Sidor* (So., G, Poprad, Slovakia); Luka Vidmar* (Sr., D, Ljubljana, Slovenia); Scott Warner (So., D, Anchorage, AK).

Bemidji State University: Ryan Adams (Sr., D, Deloraine, MB); Jake Areshenko (So., D, Port Coquitlam, BC); Dan Bakala (Jr., G, Calgary, AB); Emil Billberg (Sr., F, Stockholm, Sweden); Travis Bosch (So., G, Regina, SK); Matt Carlson (Jr., D, Grand Forks, ND); Ryan Cramer (Sr., F, International Falls, MN); Mathieu Dugas (So., G, L'Assomption, QC); Darcy Findlay (Jr., F, Bristol, QC); Drew Fisher (Jr., F, International Falls, MN); Matt Hartmann (So., F, Hugo, MN); Brad Hunt (Jr., D, Ridge Meadows, BC); Ben Kinne (Jr., F, St. Paul, MN); Ian Lowe (Sr., F, Bradwardine, MB); Dan MacIntyre (Sr., F, Fort Frances, ON); Jamie MacQueen (Jr., F, St. Thomas, ON); Aaron McLeod (So., F, Ottawa, ON); Brance Orban (So., F, Lethbridge, AB); Matt Read (Sr., F, Ilderton, ON); Brady Wacker (So., D, Jansen, SK); Shea Walters (Jr., F, Hibbing, MN).

Colorado College: Ted Behrend (Jr., D, Oregon, WI); Art Bidwill* (Jr., D/F, Fontana, WI); David Civitarese* (Jr., F, Calgary, AB); Gabe Guentzel* (Jr., D, Woodbury, MN); Tim Hall* (Jr., F, Sewickley, PA); Andrew Hamburg (So., F, Phoenix, AZ); Joe Howe (So., G, Plymouth, MN); Ryan Lowery (Sr., D, Inverness, IL); Tyler O'Brien (Sr., G, Stowe, VT); Scott Winkler (So., F, Asker, Norway).

University of Denver: David Carle (Jr., Student Assistant Coach, Anchorage, AK); Jon Cook* (Sr., D, Denver, CO); Nate Dewhurst (Jr., F, Johnston, IA); Matt Donovan (So., D, Edmond, OK); Dustin Jackson* (Sr., F, Omaha, NE); John Lee* (Jr., D, Moorhead, MN); Anthony Maiani (Sr., F, Shelby Township, MI); Jesse Martin* (Sr., F, Edmonton, AB); Chris Nutini* (Sr., D, Centennial, CO); Kyle Ostrow* (Sr., F, Calgary, AB); Shawn Ostrow (So., F, Calgary, AB); Paul Phillips (So., D, Darien, IL); Josh Rosenholtz (Sr., G, Ridgefield, CT); John Ryder* (Sr., D, Colorado Springs, CO); Luke Salazar* (Jr., F, Thornton, CO); Drew Shore (So., F, Denver, CO).

Michigan Technological University: Jordan Baker* (Sr., F, Chestermere, AB); Corson Cramer (Jr., G, Colorado Springs, CO); Kevin Genoe (So., G, Qualicum Beach, BC); Peter Heinonen* (So., D, Hancock, MI); Mikael Lickteig (Jr., F, Little Falls, MN); Alex MacLeod* (Jr., F, Nelson, BC); Brett Olson (Jr., F, Superior, WI); Josh Robinson (Jr., G, Frankenmuth, MI); Bennett Royer* (Sr., F, Calgary, AB).

University of Minnesota: Jay Barriball* (Sr., F, Prior Lake, MN); Zach Budish (So., F, Edina, MN); Jacob Cepis (Sr., F, Parma, OH); Cade Fairchild (Sr., D, Duluth, MN); Mike Hoeffel* (Sr., F, North Oaks, MN); Jake Kremer* (Jr., G, Eden Prairie, MN); Nick Larson* (Jr., F, Stillwater, MN); Taylor Matson* (Jr., F, Mound, MN); Joe Miller (Jr., F, Plymouth, MN); Aaron Ness (Jr., D, Roseau, MN); Kent Patterson* (Jr., G, Plymouth, MN); Nico Sacchetti* (Jr., F, Virginia, MN).

University of Minnesota Duluth: Wade Bergman (So., D, Calgary, AB); Jack Connolly* (Jr., F, Duluth, MN); Aaron Crandall (Fr., G, Lakeville, MN); Dan DeLisle (So., F, Arden Hills, MN); Keegan Flaherty (So., F, Duluth, MN); Justin Fontaine* (Sr., F, Bonnyville, AB); David Grun* (Jr., F, White Bear Lake, MN); Chad Huttel* (Sr., D, Hermantown, MN); Kenny Reiter* (Jr., G, Pittsburgh, PA); Kyle Schmidt* (Sr., F, Hermantown, MN).

Minnesota State University, Mankato: Channing Boe* (Sr., D, Bemidji, MN); Phil Cook (So., G, Wheaton, IL); Cameron Cooper* (Jr., D, Lakeville, MN); Tyler Elbrecht (So., D, Edwardsville, IL); Rylan Galiardi* (Sr., F, Calgary, AB); Eriah Hayes (So., F, LaCresent, MN); Justin Jokinen* (Jr., F, Carlton, MN); Austin Lee* (Jr., G, Bloomington, MN); Evan Mosey (So., D, Downers Grove, IL); Adam Mueller (Jr., F, Roseville, MN); Brett Peterson (Jr., F, Elk River, MN); Andrew Sackrison* (Sr., F, St. Louis Park, MN); Joe Schiller* (Jr., F, Detroit Lakes, MN); Ben Youds* (Sr., D, Maple Grove, MN).

University of Nebraska Omaha: Fredrik Bergman (Fr., G, Vienna, VA); Terry Broadhurst (So., F, Orland Park, IL); Kyle Ensign (Jr., D, New Richmond, WI); John Faulkner (So., G, Sarnia, ON); Joey Martin (Sr., F, Thorold, ON); Eric Olimb (Sr., D, Warroad, MN); Rich Purslow (Sr., F, Greenlawn, NY); Pasko Skarica (Sr., D, Bethpage, NY); Matt Smith (Jr., D, Carmel, IN); Nick Von Bokern (Sr., D, Burnsville, MN).

University of North Dakota: Ben Blood* (Jr., D, Plymouth, MN); Brett Bruneteau (So., F, Omaha, NE); Brent Davidson* (Sr., F, Morden, MB); Brad Eidsness* (Jr., G, Chestermere, AB); Matt Frattin (Sr., F, Edmonton, AB); Chay Genoway* (Sr., D, Morden, MB); Jason Gregoire* (Jr., F, Winnipeg, MB); Brett Hextall* (Jr., F, Manhattan Beach, CA); Ryan Hill (So., F/D, Hermantown, MN); Mario Lamoureux* (Jr., F, Grand Forks, ND); Derrick LaPoint* (Sr., D, Eau Claire, WI); Andrew MacWilliam (So., D, Calgary, AB); Brad Malone (Sr., F, Miramichi, NB); Tate Maris* (So., G, Denver, CO); Jake Marto* (Sr., D, Grand Forks, ND); Carter Rowney (So., F, Sexsmith, AB).

St. Cloud State University: Brett Barta* (Sr., D, Moorhead, MN); Jordy Christian (Jr., F, Moorhead, MN); Jared Festler* (Jr., F, Little Falls, MN); Ben Hanowski (So., F, Little Falls, MN); Oliver Lauridsen* (Jr., D, Gentofte, Demark); Drew LeBlanc* (Jr., F, Hermantown, MN); Mike Lee (So., G, Roseau, MN); Aaron Marvin* (Sr., F, Warroad, MN); Travis Novak* (Jr., F, Lethbridge, AB); Nick Oslund* (Sr., F, Savage, MN); Nicolas Rioux* (Sr., D, Riviere-du-Loup, QC); Garrett Roe (Sr., F, Vienna, VA); Brian Volpei* (Sr., F, Burbank, CA); Sam Zabkowicz* (Jr., D, Greendale, WI).

University of Wisconsin: Ryan Little* (Jr., F, Fond du Lac, WI); Eric Springer* (Jr., D, Wrightstown, WI); Mitch Thompson (So., G, Onalaska, WI).