COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nineteen of the 27 student-athletes on the Miami University hockey team were placed on the inaugural National Collegiate Hockey Conference Academic All-Conference Team, the league office announced on Tuesday.
A total of 133 student-athletes from the conference’s eight member schools earned all-conference honors, given to all players who post a 3.0 GPA or higher. Additionally, sophomore forward Kevin Morris was the RedHawks’ representative on the NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team. Morris carries a 3.63 grade-point average in the classroom and has five points (1g, 4a) this season. Players must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.25 while competing in at least 25 percent of their team’s games over the course of their career.
All members of the NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team are placed on the ballot for NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team. The inaugural NCHC Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be announced at the NCHC Awards Celebration on March 20 in Minneapolis.
In addition to Morris, Riley Barber (3.23), Blake Coleman (3.19), Alex Gacek (3.33), Justin Greenberg (3.85), Trevor Hamilton (3.04), Matt Joyaux (3.11), Sean Kuraly (3.21), Devin Loe (3.47), Anthony Louis (3.05), Ryan McKay (3.15), Michael Mooney (3.30), Cody Murphy (3.31), Bryon Paulazzo (3.01), Ben Paulides (3.39), Taylor Richart (3.37), Andrew Schmit (3.51), Jay Williams (3.53) and Johnny Wingels (3.66) each earned academic all-conference recognition. The 19 members of the academic all-conference team was the second highest total in the league, trailing only Nebraska Omaha and St. Cloud State.
Miami opens its NCHC best-of-three series at No. 4/4 St. Cloud State on Friday night.