OXFORD, Ohio - In conjunction with the final season of the CCHA (Central Collegiate Hockey Association), Miami will be recognizing some of its greatest players to have ever played in the league throughout the 2012-13 season. On Wednesday, Miami revealed its All-1990s CCHA Team, as fans voted over the last three weeks on their top players from Miami's second decade in the CCHA (1990-1999).
With all 240 ballots tabulated, Miami's All-1990s First Team includes forwards Kevyn Adams, Brian Savage and Enrico Blasi, defensemen Dan Boyle and Bobby Marshall and goaltender Mark Michaud. Boyle was the top vote-getter of the 1990s with 200 votes while Marshall ended with 189 votes. Adams was the top forward among the fans, earning 194 votes, followed by Savage with 164 votes. Michaud just edged out Richard Shulmistra for the top goalie spot, earning 115 votes to Shulmistra's 109.
Adams (1992-96), a four-year letterwinner for the Redskins, played in 133 career games, scoring 69 goals and adding 103 assists for 172 career points, which currently ranks fourth in school history and was third at his time of graduation. A captain as a senior, he earned team MVP honors the same season, while garnering Second-Team All-CCHA in 1994-95. Adams led Miami in points his final three seasons in Oxford while his 103 career assists tie for fourth in school history and were second at the end of his career. He was inducted into Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011 after winning a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
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.
Blasi (1990-94), the current head coach of Miami, earned four letters playing in 151 career games, while totaling 123 points on 55 goals and 68 assists. A two-time captain, Blasi ranks tied for 23rd in school history with his 123 points. He was named the team's Rookie of the Year in 1991 and went on to win the Coaches/Blue Line Club Award twice. Blasi led Miami to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in 1992-93 and also the program's first CCHA regular-season title that same season. Since taking over at the helm of his alma mater, he has guided the RedHawks to two Frozen Fours and three CCHA Championships (two regular season, one Mason Cup) while winning CCHA Coach of the Year four times and National Coach of the Year in 2005-06.
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.
Marshall (1990-94) was a four-year letterwinner for the Redskins, racking up 115 points, including 102 career assists, in 155 career games. His 115 points still tie for 33rd in program history while he twice led the team in assists, including his 43 in 1992-93, which ties with Boyle for the most by a Miami defenseman in a season. Marshall's 102 career assists are still sixth in school history while his 155 games played were the most ever by a Redskin at the time of his graduation. The blueliner was Miami's first All-American, along with Savage, as he earned Second-Team honors in 1993 as a junior. Marshall was a two-time Second-Team All-CCHA honoree, earning the accolade his final two years, and also garnered CCHA Best Defensive Defensemen as a junior, as well as All-CCHA Tournament Team honors. He was a team captain as a senior and was inducted into Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Michaud (1988-92), a four-year letterwinner for Miami, appeared in 108 games in goal, compiling a 4.95 goals-against average with an .862 save percentage while posting a record of 36-54-8. He still holds the school record for saves in a season with 972 in 1989-90 while his 2,856 career saves are second all-time at Miami as he led the team in saves all four years. His 108 games played are second among Miami goalies and were first on the list following his career. Michaud's 36 career wins are still good for sixth in program history, as well. He was named Miami's Outstanding Defensive Player all four years of his career.
Miami's All-1990s Second Team includes forwards Chris Bergeron, Randy Robitaille and Ken House, defensemen Joe Cook and Steve Wilson and goaltender Richard Shulmistra.
Bergeron (1989-93), the current head coach at Bowling Green, totaled 120 points in 143 career games, serving as captain his final two years, while his 120 points tie for 28th in school history to this day. He earned CCHA Best Defensive Forward as a senior in 1993, the same year he led the team with 61 points, which ties for seventh in school single-season history. Robitaille (1995-97), who went on to play several years in the NHL, compiled 106 points in just 75 games despite playing only two seasons at Miami. He totaled 61 points, like Bergeron, in 1996-97, when he was a Hobey Baker Finalist, a First-Team West All-American and a First-Team All-CCHA selection, while also being named Team MVP. House (1988-92) played in 151 games, totaling 124 points, which ties for 21st in school history, including 70 goals, which is still sixth in school history. Half of his goals came on the power play, with the 35 power play goals second all-time at Miami. He earned CCHA All-Rookie Team honors in 1989 and twice led the team in points during his career.
Defensively on the second team, Cook (1990-93) played in 112 career games, totaling 94 points, including 67 assists. He was named Team MVP in 1992 and was named Most Improved Player a year earlier. He earned CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman in 1993 while twice earning All-CCHA honors, including first-team accolades in 1993. Wilson (1988-92) played in 138 games for Miami, totaling 18 points, while accumulating 153 penalty minutes. He served as captain for the 1990-91 season and was a two-time recipient of the Coaches/Blue Line Club Award while also earning CCHA Scholar-Athlete honors. In net, Shulmistra (1990-94) appeared in 99 games, which is fourth in school history among goalies, compiling a 3.54 GAA with an .874 save percentage while going 40-35-9 in his career. His 40 wins rank fifth all-time at Miami currently. He earned Second-Team All-CCHA as a junior, was named Team MVP as a senior and twice won the team's Outstanding Defensive Player Award.
For each decade, Miami will announce a first and a second team before naming Miami's All-Time CCHA Team toward the end of the season. Miami's All-1980s CCHA Team was announced on Oct. 23 and can be seen here. The first team for each decade consists of the top three vote-getters at forward, the two defensemen who receive the most votes and the top goaltender. The second team will be the next three vote-getters at forward, the third and fourth defensemen to get the most votes and the second goaltender. Each all-decade first team recipients will be eligible for the All-Time CCHA Team ballot.
Miami's All-1990s First Team (votes)
F - Kevyn Adams (194)
F - Brian Savage (164)
F - Enrico Blasi (117)
D - Dan Boyle (200)
D - Bobby Marshall (189)
G - Mark Michaud (115)
Miami's All-1990s Second Team (votes)
F - Chris Bergeron (109)
F - Randy Robitaille (94)
F - Ken House (89)
D - Joe Cook (86)
D - Steve Wilson (78)
G - Richard Shulmistra (109)
With Miami's All-1990s team announced, the 2000s team (2000-2012) ballot will be available beginning Tuesday, Nov. 27. Below is a complete schedule of voting for Miami's All-Time CCHA Team (subject to change), culminating with Miami's All-Time CCHA Team being revealed throughout the month of February.
Nov. 27 - 2000s team voting begins
Dec. 16 - 2000s team voting ends
Dec. 18 - 2000s team announced
Jan. 2 - All-time team voting begins
Jan. 27 - All-time team voting ends
February - All-Time CCHA Team revealed