PHILADELPHIA – For the second-straight year, junior forward Austin Czarnik (Washington, Mich./Green Bay) is representing the Miami hockey team as an All-American.
Czarnik was named a Second-Team West All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). The teams were announced at the Frozen Four in Philadelphia.
Named team captain entering the season, Czarnik led the RedHawks with 47 points (13 goals, 34 assists), tying him for the ninth most in the country. His 34 assists tied him for sixth nationally. In the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s inaugural season, Czarnik landed on the All-NCHC First Team while finishing as a finalist for the NCHC Forward of the Year award. He recorded at least one point in 27 of the 37 games he played, posting a team-high 12 multi-point games. Czarnik is one of five All-Americans from the NCHC, joining first-team picks Sam Brittain (Denver), Nic Dowd (St. Cloud State) and Josh Archibald (Nebraska Omaha) along with second-team selection Joey LaLeggia (Denver).
This marks the second consecutive year that Czarnik has earned All-America honors from the AHCA, he was a first-team selection following the 2012-13 season. A total of 19 All-America honors have been bestowed on the RedHawks’ 15 All-American players in the program’s history. Czarnik himself is the fourth Miami player to earn All-America honors twice in his career. Dan Boyle was a First-Team All-American in 1997 and 1998, Andy Greene netted second-team honors in 2005 and first-team distinction in 2006 and Carter Camper was a second-team selection in 2009 and 2011.
The RedHawks have had at least one player represented on the All-America team for 11-consecutive seasons dating back to 2004.
Czarnik will return to Miami for his senior year with an opportunity to become the program’s first three-time All-American. He’ll begin the 2014-15 season tied for 21st in school history with 124 career points on 37 goals and 87 assists in 119 games.
First-Team West All-America
Sam Brittain, Sr., G, Denver
Jake McCabe, Jr., D, Wisconsin
Mike Reilly, So., D, Minnesota
Josh Archibald, Jr. F, Nebraska Omaha
Nic Dowd, Sr., F, St. Cloud State
Ryan Dzingel, Jr., F, Ohio State
Second-Team West All-America
Adam Wilcox, So., G, Minnesota
Joey LaLeggia, Jr., D, Denver
Colton Parayko, So., D, Alaska
Austin Czarnik, Jr., F, Miami
Cody Kunyk, Sr., F, Alaska
Michael Mersch, Sr., F, Wisconsin
Kyle Rau, Jr., F, Minnesota