April 13, 2011

OXFORD, Ohio - Another day, another national award for Miami University senior forward Andy Miele, as he was named USCHO National Player of the Year, U.S. College Hockey Online announced Tuesday. It is Miele's third National Player of the Year award this year, as he became the first RedHawk to ever win the prestigious Hobey Baker Award last Friday and also garnered National Player of the Year honors from Inside College Hockey (INCH).

Miele (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) led the NCAA with 71 points, 47 assists and a 1.82 points per game average playing in all 39 games this year while his 24 goals tied for 10th in the country. His 71 points were 11 more than anyone in the nation this year and the most since Colorado College's Peter Sejna totaled 82 points in 2002-03. Miele ranked second on Miami's single-season assists list this year and handed out the most helpers since 1978-79 while tying for second in single-season points at Miami, also the most since 1978-79.

In addition to his National Player of the Year honors, Miele earned First-Team All-America recognition from the American Hockey Coaches Association, INCH and College Hockey News. He also was tabbed CCHA Player of the Year, First-Team All-CCHA, All-CCHA Tournament Team and CCHA Tournament MVP after leading the RedHawks to their first Mason Cup in school history.

Miele, an assistant captain for the `Hawks in 2010-11, captured the CCHA scoring title in a landslide, recording 56 points in league play, the most by any player since 1991-92. His 40 assists in CCHA play were also first and more than anyone else had points (the first time in CCHA history that's happened), as well as the most since 1996-97. His 16 goals in the CCHA tied for second in the league.

Miele was twice named CCHA Player of the Month, earning it back-to-back in January and February, while also garnering Hockey Commissioners' Association National Player of the Month for February after a 4-8-12 scoring line in just six games. He was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week three times during the season, the only player in the conference to do so, and won INCH National Player of the Week Oct. 25 after a nine-point weekend against Northern Michigan.

Miele finished the year with 22 multi-point games and a point in 33 of 39 games, including a school-record-tying 17-game point streak from Jan. 8 to March 19. He notched six of his goals on the power play and one short-handed while posting a +22 rating and tallying a team-best four game-winning goals. In addition to his multi-point games, he had 15 multi-assist games after just nine his first three years combined while also logging four multi-goal games on the campaign. Of his 22 multi-point games, 10 were games of three or more points, including a career-high five points and four assists Oct. 23 against NMU. Miele notched at least four points five times, including three straight contests from Oct. 22-Oct. 29.

Now a member of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League, Miele signed an entry-level deal with the Coyotes on April 2.

USCHO's awards were voted on by staff members at the Frozen Four.The complete USCHO release is available here.

--MURedHawks.com--