OXFORD, Ohio - In conjunction with the final season of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and its "Celebrate the Legacy" campaign, Miami has been recognizing some of its greatest players to have ever played in the league throughout the 2012-13 season by naming All-Decade Teams. After revealing its All-Time CCHA Second Team on Wednesday, Miami announced its All-Time CCHA First Team Friday. Fans voted throughout January on their top players from Miami's entire tenure in the CCHA (1981-2013).
The ballot for Miami's All-Time CCHA Team consisted of players chosen by the fans for each of the three all-decade teams (both first and second teams), which were announced throughout the year. Miami's All-1980s CCHA Team can be seen here, the All-1990s Miami Team can be viewed here and Miami's All-2000s CCHA Team can be seen here. Miami has been a member of the CCHA from 1981 through 2013 and the CCHA is the only conference Miami has ever called home.
After tabulating the ballots, Miami’s All-Time CCHA First Team includes forwards Ryan Jones, Andy Miele and Brian Savage, defensemen Dan Boyle and Andy Greene and goaltender Jeff Zatkoff. Boyle was the top vote-getter among all players with 122 while Jones was tops among forward with 106. Miele was right behind with 105 votes. Greene earned 100 votes as the other defenseman while Savage collected 94 votes and Zatkoff had 92 votes, just two more than Cody Reichard, who was Miami’s all-time second-team goaltender.
Jones (2004-08), a four-year letterwinner who played in 161 games, fourth-most in school history, racked up 147 points during his career, which is tied for 11th in school history. The three-time team captain scored 90 goals, which ranks second in school history behind All-1980s First-Team member Rick Kuraly (101), 21 of which were game-winning goals, by far the most in Miami history. A First-Team All-American as a senior, Jones is one of just two RedHawks to be a three-time All-CCHA honoree, earning First-Team accolades in his final season. He was one of three Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick Finalists in 2008, as well. Jones twice garnered All-CCHA Tournament Team honors in 2006 and 2008, leading the RedHawks to the CCHA Championship game each time. He guided Miami to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the first two NCAA Tournament wins in program history in 2007 and 2008, while helping the team set a school record for wins with 33 as a senior.
Miele (2007-11), who was Miami's first and only Hobey Baker Award winner in 2011, earned four letters while totaling 159 points in 141 games. His 159 points rank sixth in school history while his 99 career assists are seventh, as he also tallied 60 career goals. An assistant captain as a senior, Miele was named CCHA Player of the Year and First-Team All-America after leading the NCAA with 71 points in his senior campaign, which ties for second in school single-season history. He was a two-time All-CCHA selection, earning First-Team honors as a senior when he was also named MVP of the CCHA Tournament, leading the 'Hawks to their first Mason Cup title. Miele tied the school record with a 17-game point streak during his final year in Oxford, capping his career with a fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, which included two trips to the Frozen Four.
Savage (1990-93) was a three-year letterwinner for Miami, playing in 106 career games while totaling 109 points, including 66 goals. A two-time team captain and Team MVP in 1993, Savage was one of Miami's first All-Americans, earning Second-Team honors as a junior in 1993, when he also received First-Team All-CCHA accolades. He was Miami's first Hobey Baker Finalist and first CCHA Player of the Year as well, both in 1993. Savage's 66 goals tie for ninth in school history currently, while his 37 goals as a junior tie for second in school single-season history. He went on to earn a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics with Canada and had a successful 11-year NHL career.
Boyle (1994-98), a four-year letterwinner at Miami, totaled 147 points in 148 career games, while dishing out 107 assists, the most by a Miami defenseman ever and the third-most in school history. A team captain as a senior, the blueliner still ties for 11th in school history in points and is second all-time among Miami defensemen. Boyle was named Team MVP as a senior when he was also a Hobey Baker Finalist and the CCHA's Best Offensive Defenseman. He was a two-time First-Team All-CCHA selection and a two-time First-Team West All-American in his final two seasons at Miami. Boyle led Miami in points as a senior with 40 while his 54 points as a junior are the most by a defenseman in a single season in program history. He was inducted into Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and won a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 while winning an Olympic gold medal with Canada in 2010.
Greene (2002-06) earned four letters as a RedHawk, appearing in 159 games, which ties for sixth in program history, while totaling 114 points. He scored 27 goals and handed out 87 career assists while his 114 points currently tie for 35th in program history. A three-time team captain, Greene was a Hobey Baker Finalist as a senior in 2006 when he was also a First-Team All-American while he received Second-Team All-America honors as a junior. Along with Jones, he was Miami's other three-time All-CCHA honoree, earning First-Team accolades all three seasons. Greene was twice named the CCHA's Best Offensive Defenseman (2005 and 2006) and also picked up CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman honors as a senior. He was named to the All-CCHA Tournament Team twice (2004 and 2006), helping Miami get to the title game as a senior when he also led the RedHawks to a CCHA regular-season championship. Greene played in the Stanley Cup Finals this past year with the New Jersey Devils. He was also named to the CCHA's All-Time Team last Friday.
Zatkoff (2005-08) earned three letters at Miami before starting his professional career, playing 83 games in net, which currently ties for seventh in school history among goaltenders. He holds the Miami career record with his .927 save percentage while his 1.97 career goals-against average is second after Connor Knapp broke his record last year. Zatkoff's 4,904 minutes played are also seventh in program history while he posted a record of 55-21-5 with the 55 wins second all-time among Miami goalies. He was named Second-Team All-CCHA in his final year as a RedHawk when he shared Team MVP honors with Jones. Zatkoff helped backstop Miami to a CCHA regular-season championship as a freshman in 2006 and was in net for 27 of Miami's school-record 33 wins in 2007-08. He was named to the CCHA All-Tournament Team as a junior, leading Miami to the championship game, while he backstopped the RedHawks to their first two NCAA Tournament wins in program history in 2007 and 2008.
Miami’s All-Time CCHA Second Team and Honorable Mention can be seen here.
Miami's All-Time First Team (votes)
F – Ryan Jones (106)
F – Andy Miele (105)
F – Brian Savage (94)
D – Dan Boyle (122)
D – Andy Greene (100)
G – Jeff Zatkoff (92)