OXFORD, Ohio - In conjunction with the final season of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and its "Celebrate the Legacy" campaign, 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-2000s CCHA Team, as fans voted over the last three weeks on their top players from Miami's last 12 years in the CCHA (2000-2012).
After all 289 ballots were counted, Miami's All-2000s First Team truly is an All-American team as five of the six members earned All-America honors while playing for the RedHawks. The forwards on the First Team are Carter Camper, Andy Miele and Ryan Jones with Camper (208 votes) and Miele (207) separated by just one vote for the top forward vote-getter. On defense, Andy Greene was the top vote-getter overall with 211 votes while he is joined by Alec Martinez on the First-Team defense and Jeff Zatkoff (189 votes) is the First-Team goaltender.
Camper (2007-11) was a four-year letterwinner at Miami where he compiled 183 career points in 156 games. His 183 points rank second all-time at Miami behind All-1980s First-Team member Steve Morris, as do his 114 career assists, while Camper's 69 goals tie for seventh all-time at Miami. A two-time Second-Team All-American as a sophomore and senior, Camper was a Hobey Baker Finalist in his final year in Oxford. A team captain as a senior, he was also a two-time First-Team All-CCHA honoree in 2009 and 2011 and garnered Honorable Mention All-CCHA as a junior. Camper was successful in the classroom as well, earning CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior. He led Miami to the NCAA Tournament all four years he donned the red and white, including helping the RedHawks make their first two Frozen Four appearances and win their first Mason Cup.
Miele (2007-11), who was Miami's first and only Hobey Baker Award winner in 2011, played alongside Camper all four years, earning 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.
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.
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, as well. 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.
Martinez (2005-08) was a three-year letterwinner at Miami before turning pro, suiting up for 123 games while compiling 87 points on 21 goals and 46 assists. He was a Second-Team All-American in his final year as a RedHawk, when he also earned CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman honors. Martinez garnered First-Team All-CCHA honors as a junior, as well, also taking home the team's Outstanding Defensive Player award. He helped Miami make the NCAA Tournament all three years he was on the team, including the RedHawks' first two wins in NCAA Tournament history in the 2007 and 2008 regional semifinals. Martinez captured a CCHA regular-season championship as a freshman, playing with Greene, and helped Miami set the school record for wins in 2007-08 with 33, including scoring the game-winner in overtime in the CCHA Semifinals as he was named to the CCHA All-Tournament Team. He became the third RedHawk to win a Stanley Cup this past June with the Los Angeles Kings, defeating Greene's Devils.
Zatkoff (2005-08) also 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-2000s Second Team is full of All-Americans as well with Nathan Davis, Tommy Wingels and Reilly Smith making up the forwards. The defensemen consist of Chris Wideman and Mitch Ganzak with Kevin Roeder earning honorable mention for being just two votes back of Ganzak. It was a tie for the Second-Team goaltender between Connor Knapp and Cody Reichard, who appropriately shared time in net each of the last four years.
Davis (2004-08) played in 138 games over four years as a RedHawk, tallying 132 points on 63 goals and 69 assists with the 132 points still ranking 16th in school history. He holds the school record with nine short-handed goals. A two-time captain, Davis was a Second-Team All-American as a junior and a two-time All-CCHA selection. He was a Hobey Baker Finalist as a junior in 2007, as well, also earning CCHA Best Defensive Forward. Wingels (2007-10) played three years at Miami, appearing in 127 games while accumulating 99 points on 43 goals and 56 assists. The lone captain as a junior, he earned Second-Team All-CCHA in his final season at Miami when he also garnered CCHA Best Defensive Forward. Rounding out the Second-Team forwards is Smith (2009-12), who suited up for 121 games in three years at Miami while scoring 66 goals and adding 56 assists for 122 career points. He is tied for ninth in school history in goals and ranks 27th on Miami's all-time points list. A captain last year as a junior, Smith was named First-Team All-America and a Hobey Baker Finalist in his final season wearing red and white while he repeated as a First-Team All-CCHA selection, also earning the distinction as a sophomore. He was a two-time CCHA All-Tournament Team member, as well.
On defense, Wideman (2008-12) played in 163 games in his four-year career, which ranks third in school history, while totaling 95 points on 83 assists and 12 goals. He was tabbed Second-Team All-CCHA as a junior and earned CCHA All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman. Ganzak (2004-08) appeared in 153 games during his four-year career, racking up 101 points on nine goals and 92 assists, which rank ninth in school history. He is one of just five Miami defensemen, along with Greene, to break the century mark for points. Ganzak was twice named Second-Team All-CCHA and won the team's Outstanding Defensive Player Award as a junior.
Perhaps the most dynamic goaltending duo in program history, Knapp and Reichard anchored the RedHawks in net from 2008 to 2012. The pair led Miami to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the first two Frozen Four appearances in school history, and the program's first Mason Cup title in 2011 while also winning a CCHA regular-season title in 2009-10. Knapp started 78 games, appearing in 84, while posting 46-22-11 record, including a school-record 13 shutouts. He also set the school record with his 1.94 GAA while his .918 save percentage is second all-time at Miami. Knapp's 46 wins are fourth at Miami. As a senior, he earned CCHA Best Goaltender Award and was Honorable Mention All-CCHA while as a sophomore, he garnered Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional. Reichard started 87 games in his career while ranking fifth with 92 career games in goal. He posted a 53-24-9 record, with the 53 wins third all-time at Miami, while his 12 career shutouts trail only Knapp. Reichard compiled a 2.10 GAA and .912 save percentage as a RedHawk, both of which are third in program history. He was named a Second-Team All-American as a sophomore in 2010, when he was also named CCHA Player of the Year, a Hobey Baker Finalist, First-Team All-CCHA and CCHA Best Goaltender. Reichard earned CCHA All-Tournament Team honors as a junior and received the Ilitch Humanitarian Award as a senior for his work in the community.
Miami has now announced all three All-Decade Teams, naming a first and second team for each decade. Miami's All-1980s CCHA Team was announced on Oct. 23 and can be seen here while the All-1990s CCHA Team was revealed on Nov. 21 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 team recipients will be eligible for Miami's All-Time CCHA Team ballot, on which fans can begin to vote on Jan. 2. Voting will end on Jan. 27 with Miami's All-Time CCHA Team being revealed throughout the month of February.
Miami's All-2000s First Team (votes)
F - Carter Camper (208)
F - Andy Miele (207)
F - Ryan Jones (178)
D - Andy Greene (211)
D - Alec Martinez (170)
G - Jeff Zatkoff (189)
Miami's All-2000s Second Team (votes)
F - Nathan Davis (138)
F - Tommy Wingels (137)
F - Reilly Smith (134)
D - Chris Wideman (123)
D - Mitch Ganzak (85)
G - Connor Knapp (132)
G - Cody Reichard (132)