March 17, 2011
DETROIT - Miami University senior forwards Andy Miele and Carter Camper took home two of the CCHA's biggest awards Thursday night at the annual Central Collegiate Hockey Association Awards held at the Fox Theater, as Miele won RBC CCHA Player of the Year and Camper was named CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Miele becomes just the fourth RedHawk to ever win RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Year and is the second straight after junior goalie Cody Reichard claimed the award as a sophomore last year. Camper is the first Miami player to win CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, after the league changed from naming an Academic All-CCHA Team starting in 2005.
Miele, who was also named First-Team All-CCHA and is a Hobey Baker Award finalist, 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. Overall, the assistant captain is first nationally with 65 points, 44 assists and a 1.81 ppg average and is tied for 14th in the country with 21 goals. Miele ranks third on Miami's single-season assists list and has the most helpers since 1978-79 while ranking sixth in single-season points at Miami with the most since 1989-90.
Miele, a native of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., 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. Miele was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week three times during the season, the only player in the conference to do so, and won Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week Oct. 25 after a nine-point weekend against Northern Michigan. He has 20 multi-point games on the year and a point in 31 of 36 games.
Miele also took home the Perani Cup, given to the CCHA player who collects the most Perani Cup points during the season by being named one of the game's three stars. He was just the second non-goalie to win the award in its 11-year history. Miele finished with 53 points, seven ahead of runner-up Pat Nagle, goaltender from Ferris State. He was named the No. 1 star six times during the CCHA season and was one of the game's three stars 15 times (in 28 games).
Miami's co-captain has been one of the top players in the CCHA and the country all year, as Camper ranks fifth nationally with 52 points while his 35 assists are third in the NCAA. He is also fourth in the nation with a 1.44 points per game average. The Rocky River, Ohio, native finished second to Miele in the CCHA scoring race with 39 points in league play while his 28 assists in CCHA action were also second. Camper has 17 goals on the year (11 in league play), including three game-winners, and a +9 rating. He has totaled 15 multi-point games on the season and has at least a point in 29 of 36 games.
Camper was named CCHA and HCA National Player of the Month for October after leading the nation with nine goals, 13 assists and 22 points in just eight games. A 2009 Second-Team West All-American, he is one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award this year and earned CCHA Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 18. Camper is tied for the nation's active career scoring lead and ranks third in Miami history with 178 career points while ranking second in career assists among RedHawks (111).
The CCHA Player of the Year award is voted on by the league's head coaches while CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year is voted on by the CCHA schools' faculty athletic representatives.
Miele and Camper lead third-seeded Miami into its CCHA semifinal game Friday against second-seeded Notre Dame at 4:35 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.