GLOUCESTER, Mass. – Miami University sophomore forward Austin Czarnik was named a First-Team West All-American Friday, as the American Hockey Coaches Association announced the 2012-13 AHCA/CCM Division I All-American Teams as part of the NCAA Frozen Four weekend.
Czarnik (Washington, Mich.) becomes the 15th Miami player in program history to garner All-America accolades while he is just the eighth different Miamian to achieve First-Team honors. The RedHawks have now had at least one player named an All-American each of the last 10 years, which is the longest active streak in the country in Division I. Miami has also had a First-Team All-American each of the last three years with Hobey Baker Award winner Andy Miele claiming the honor in 2011 and forward Reilly Smith garnering the first-team nod last year. Miami’s 15 All-Americans have now combined to earn All-America distinction 18 times (Dan Boyle, Andy Greene and Carter Camper are two-time honorees).
Czarnik is one of just three CCHA players named to the West All-America First Team while a total of five CCHA players were named All-Americans. Joining Czarnik on the West First Team are Ohio State senior goaltender Brady Hjelle and Michigan freshman defenseman Jacob Trouba from the CCHA, as well as St. Cloud State junior defenseman Nick Jensen, North Dakota senior forward Danny Kristo and SCSU senior forward Drew LeBlanc. Czarnik was the lone sophomore on the West First Team and one of just two second years named a West All-American, while a total of five sophomores garnered All-America honors. The last RedHawk sophomore to earn the honor was goaltender Cody Reichard in 2010.
Czarnik, who was also a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist, garnered CCHA Player of the Year and First-Team All-CCHA honors this season, as well. An All-CCHA Rookie Team honoree last year as a freshman, the shifty center totaled 40 points on 14 goals and 26 assists while playing in all 42 games this year. His 40 points led the CCHA in overall scoring and tied for 17th nationally while his 26 helpers tied for the CCHA lead and 15th nationally. In league play only, Czarnik tied for fourth with 26 points in 28 games, while his 18 helpers tied for second. He also scored eight goals in CCHA play, including one of his three game-winning goals on the year, which were his first career game-winners.
Czarnik was named CCHA Player of the Month for October after totaling eight points in six games and also collected CCHA Postgame® Offensive Player of the Week after a five-point weekend vs. Alaska Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The 20-year-old undrafted free agent tallied a team-best 13 multi-point games on the year, including four multi-goal games and nine multi-assist contests. He tied a career high with three three-point games this season and had a season-long four-game point streak during the postseason from March 16-30, totaling seven points during that span. Czarnik led the entire NCAA with four short-handed goals while tallying one power play goal. The 5-foot-9 pivot boasted a +19 rating, which tied for 14th nationally. He also blocked 36 shots, as he was a finalist for CCHA Best Defensive Forward while playing on Miami’s top penalty kill and power play units.
Czarnik helped lead Miami to the 2012-13 CCHA regular-season championship with a 17-7-4 league record and spurred the RedHawks to an eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, where Miami made the Midwest Regional final. The ‘Hawks finished with a 25-12-5 record, its most wins since 2009-10.
In his two-year career so far, Czarnik has totaled 77 career points on 24 goals and 53 assists while playing in 82 games, missing just one in his career. He has six short-handed goals and three game-winners while compiling a +44 rating. He will be one of 20 RedHawks returning next season.
First-Team West All-America
Brady Hjelle, Sr., G, Ohio State
Nick Jensen, Jr., D, St. Cloud State
Jacob Trouba, Fr., D, Michigan
Austin Czarnik, So., F, Miami
Danny Kristo, Sr., F, North Dakota
Drew LeBlanc, Sr., F, St. Cloud State
Second-Team West All-America
Juho Olkinuora, So., G, Denver
Dan DeKeyser, Jr., D, Western Michigan
Nate Schmidt, Jr. D, Minnesota
Corban Knight, Sr., F, North Dakota
Andres, Lee, Jr., F, Notre Dame
Ryan Walters, Jr., F, Nebraska Omaha