89 Student-Athletes Earn All-WCHA Academic Team Honors for 2004-05

April 26, 2005

MADISON, Wisc. ­ A total of eighty-nine (89) student-athletes, representing all 10 Western Collegiate Hockey Association-member institutions, earned distinction as members of the All-WCHA Academic Team for 2004-05.

This represented a gain of 16 student-athletes who earned All-WCHA Academic Team accolades over the previous season of 2003-04, when 73 were honored. A total of 40 players on this year¹s All-WCHA Academic Team were also repeat honorees.

In addition to the 89 players named to the all-league¹s academic team, Minnesota State University senior defenseman Steven Johns was honored as the recipient of this season¹s WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year Award at the annual conference awards banquet held in St. Paul, Minn., during the 2005 Red Baron WCHA Final Five. Thirty-four (34) of the 89 honorees were members of the four WCHA-member teams that made up the 2005 NCAA Frozen Four championship field in Columbus, Ohio, including University of Denver team captain and senior defenseman Matt Laatsch, Colorado College All-American and senior goaltender Curtis McElhinney, University of Minnesota team captain and senior defenseman Judd Stevens, and University of North Dakota team captain and junior defenseman Matt Greene. The repeat national champion Pioneers, Tigers, Golden Gophers and Fighting Sioux made up the first-ever Frozen Four field from one conference. Denver¹s Frozen Four title marked a record 35th national team championship overall for the WCHA since it¹s founding in 1951, including a fourth straight and fifth in the past six seasons.

Johns, an alternate Minnesota State team captain from Cranbrook, B.C., has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.85 in International Business and Management, is a three-time member of the All-WCHA Academic Team ­ including here in 2004-05 ­ and was also one of 15 nominees for this season¹s national Hockey Humanitarian Award. Johns appeared in 142 career games with the Mavericks and had career totals of eight goals and 70 assists for 78 points. He was his team¹s second highest-scoring blueliner this past season with 15 points on two goals and 13 assists. In addition to his noteworthy classroom and on-ice achievements, Johns initiated, planned and organized two fund-raising events in a OEGoals for Kids¹ scholarship fund, which will ultimately fund scholarships through the United Way for young people in the Greater Mankato area, and he has organized a night at the rink which recognizes children who are hospitalized.


To earn a position on the annual All-WCHA Academic Team, student-athletes must meet the following criteria: 1) have completed at least one year of residency at present institution prior to the current academic year; 2) have a grade point average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his overall GPA is at least 3.00 for all terms at his present institution.

The annual All-WCHA Academic Team was instituted by the conference beginning with the 1984-85 season.

Following, by member school, are members of the 2004-05 All-WCHA Academic Team.

University of Alaska Anchorage
Chad Anderson, So., D, Chisago City, MN; Justin Bourne, So., F, Kelowna, BC; Jim Dahl*, Sr., F, Minnetonka, MN; Charlie Kronschnabel, So., F, Mendota Heights, MN; Nick Lowe, So., F, Surrey, BC; Ales Parez*, Jr., F, Nymburk, Czech Republic; Brandon Segal, So., D, Ladner, BC; Mark Smith, So., D, Edmonton, AB; Martin Stuchlik*, Sr., F, Zlin, Czech Republic.

Colorado College
John Brunkhorst, So., F, Rochester, MN; Braydon Cox, So., F, Sherwood Park, AB; Curtis McElhinney, Sr., G, Calgary, AB; Brett Sterling*, Jr., F, Pasadena, CA; Jesse Stokke*, Jr., D/F, Hermantown, MN; Lee Sweatt, So., D, Elburn, IL; Scott Thauwald, So., F, Rochester, MN; Matt Zaba, So., G, Yorkton, SK.

University of Denver
Matt Carle, So., D, Anchorage, AK; J.D. Corbin, So., F, Littleton, CO; Glenn Fisher, So., G, Edmonton, AB; Jussi Halme*, Sr., D, Nokia, Finland; Michael Handza, So., F, Glenshaw, PA; Ryan Helgason, So., F, Woodbury, MN; Jon James, So., D, Arnold, MD; Danny King, So., G, Colorado Springs, CO; Matt Laatsch*, Sr., D, Lakeville, MN; Brock McMorris, So., F, Cherry Hills, CO; Ted O¹Leary*, Jr., F, Arvada, CO; Jeff Rogers, So., F, Colorado Springs, CO; Kevin Ulanski*, Sr., F, Madison, WI.

Michigan Tech University
Nick Anderson*, Jr., F, Winthrop Harbor, IL; Cam Ellsworth*, Sr., G, Leamington, ON; John Hartman*, Sr., F, Faribault, MN; Lars Helminen, So., D, Brighton, MI; Bryce Luker, So., G, Riquad, QC; Ryan Markham*, Sr., F, Houghton, MI; Phil Pietila*, Jr., F, Iron Mountain, MI; B.J. Radovich*, Jr., F, Hermantown, MN; Pekka Saittakari*, Jr., D, Heinola, Finland; Brandon Schwartz*, Jr., F, St. Cloud, MN; Tyler Skworchinski, So., F, Marathon, ON.

University of Minnesota
Kellen Briggs, So., G, Colorado Springs, CO; Jake Fleming*, Sr., F, Osseo, MN; Gino Guyer*, Jr., F, Coleraine, MN; Peter Kennedy*, Jr., D, Brookfield, NS; Garrett Smaagaard*, Sr., F, Eden Prairie, MN; Judd Stevens*, Sr., D, Wayzata, MN.

University of Minnesota Duluth
Josh Miskovich*, Sr., F, Pengilly, MN; Neil Petruic*, Sr., D, Regina, SK; Evan Schwabe*, Sr., F, Moose Jaw, SK; Luke Stauffacher*, Sr., F, Sun Prairie, WI.

Minnesota State University
David Backes, So., F, Blaine, MN; Brock Becker, Jr., F, Medicine Hat, AB; Chad Brownlee, So., D, Kelowna, BC; Chris Clark, So., G, San Mateo, CA; Lucas Fransen, So., D, Langley, BC; Adam Gerlach*, Sr., F, Hastings, MN; Steven Johns*, Sr., D, Cranbrook, BC; Kurtis Kisio, So., F, Calgary, AB; Jeff Marler, Jr., F, Ft. Saskatchewan, AB; Ryan McKelvie*, Jr., F, New Brighton, MN; Travis Morin, So., F, Brooklyn Park, MN; Kyle Nixon*, Jr., G, Kelowna, BC; Rob Rankin, Jr., F, Eagan, MN.

University of North Dakota
Brian Canady*, Sr., F, Kenai, AK; Erik Fabian, So., F, Roseau, MN; Scott Foyt, So., D, Andover, MN; Matt Greene*, Jr., D, Grand Ledge, MI; Rory McMahon, Sr., F, Perdue, SK; Jordan Parise, So., G, Faribault, MN; Andy Schneider*, Sr., D, Grand Forks, ND.

St. Cloud State University
Casey Borer, So., D, Brooklyn Park, MN; Tim Boron, So., G, Winnipeg, MB; Mike Doyle*, Sr., F, Anchorage, AK; Billy Hengen*, Jr., F, Eden Prairie, MN; Gary Houseman, So., F, Saskatoon, SK; Dave Iannazzo*, Sr., F, Maple Grove, MN; Joe Jensen*, Jr., F, Maple Grove, MN; T.J. McElroy*, Jr., D, Golden Valley, MN; Nate Raduns, So., F, Sauk Rapids, MN; Konrad Reeder*, Jr., F, Vanderhoof, BC; Josh Singer, Jr., D/F, Lino Lakes, MN; Peter Szabo*, Sr., F, Nitra, Slovakia.

University of Wisconsin
Brian Elliott, So., G, Newmarket, ON; Mark Heatley, So., F, Calgary, AB; Luke Kohtala, Jr., G, Appleton, WI; Ryan MacMurchy, Jr., F, Regina, SK; Matt Olinger, So., D, Madison, WI; Ken Rowe, So., F, Faribault, MN.

* repeat honoree

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