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  • 13 Falcons make AHA all-academic team

    Mon, July 7, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    mckenzie-gazetteThe Atlantic Hockey Association announced its 2013-14 all-academic team and a school record 13 Air Force players were recognized, including four-time honoree Adam McKenzie, pictured.

    The first-time honorees were: Max Birkinbine (Fr.; F; White Bear Lake, Minn.); Ryan Dau (Fr.; F; Hudson, Wisc.); Chad Demers (Jr.; F; Grafton, N.D.); Mike McDonald (Jr.; D; Mahtomedi, Minn.); George Michalke (Jr.; F; Parma, Ohio); Chris Truehl (Fr.; G; Stoughton, Wisc.); Dan Weissenhofer (Jr.; D; Naperville, Ill.).

    Two-time honorees were: Chris Dylewski, (So.; G; Colorado Springs, Colo.); Jason Fabian (Sr.; F; Roseau, Minn.); Tony Thomas (Sr.; F; South Lyon, Mich.);

    Three-time honorees: Ben Persian (Jr.; F; Orono, Minn.); Jason Torf (Sr.; G; Hermosa Beach, Calif.).

    Four-time honoree: Adam McKenzie (Sr.; D;  Petaluma, Calif.).

  • AFA’s McKenzie is two-time academic All-American

    Fri, June 6, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    mckenzie-gazetteAir Force defenseman Adam McKenzie was named to the Capital One Academic All-America at-large second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). McKenzie, a third-team Capital One Academic All-America selection in 2013, becomes the first Air Force hockey player to become a two-time Academic All-American.

    McKenzie, from Petaluma, Calif., graduated from the Academy with a 3.89 GPA as an aeronautical engineering major. A second-team all-conference defenseman and team captain as a senior, McKenzie played in all 39 games and tied for the team lead in scoring among defensemen with 18 points. His seven goals were tied for seventh on the team among all players. In conference games only, McKenzie was sixth in Atlantic Hockey with 16 points in 27 games.

    Off the ice, McKenzie ranked 12th in the class of 2014 (1,018 cadets) in overall GPA, ranked 20th in overall Order of Merit and third in his major of aeronautical engineering in overall GPA. A three-time Atlantic Hockey all-academic selection, McKenzie was a first-team Capital One Academic All-District selection in 2013 and 2014.

  • McKenzie garners AFA excellence award

    Tue, May 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    mckenzie-gazetteAir Force athletics recognized several at the academy’s annual awards ceremony recently, including senior hockey player Adam McKenzie, who won the athletic excellence award.

    Senior track and field star Annette Eichenberger and senior golfer Kyle Westmoreland were named female and male athlete of the year, respectively.

    Senior diver Rachel Kennedy earned the scholar-athlete award while senior wrestler Devin Hightower won the athletic leadership award lacrosse’s Erik Smith, the athletic achievement award.   

    Here is the academy’s write-up on McKenzie:

    McKenzie MUGATHLETIC EXCELLENCE: Adam McKenzie became one of the most decorated Falcon hockey players, both on and off the ice, in school history. A three-time all-Atlantic Hockey Association selection, he was also a three-time academic all-conference selection, a two-time academic all-district honoree and a 2013 Academic All-American. McKenzie carries a 3.89 GPA as an aeronautical engineering major and was the No. 1 cadet in the aeronautical engineering major. A second-team all-conference defenseman and team captain as a senior, he helped lead the Falcons to a regular-season conference championship, two conference tournament titles and two NCAA tournament appearances. He concluded his career ranked 12th in school history in points by a defenseman.

  • Slavin leads team award honorees

    Sun, April 6, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    SlavinWith the announcement of Tigers coach Scott Owens’ resignation, Colorado College did not name its captains for next season.

    But it did take time to recognize freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who garnered three awards: top scorer, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player.

    “They have a great attitude in this program that helped me a lot,” Slavin said.

    Senior Eamonn McDermott also garnered multiple awards, sharing the scholar-athlete award with senior Alexander Krushelnyski and the sportsmanship honor with senior center Jeff Collett.

    “It’s bittersweet because you don’t want to leave,” Collett said.

    Senior wing Michael Morin took home the inaugural Scott Winkler Award for his “humility, optimism and support,” that reflected the personality of the former player who died of an undiagnosed heart condition last June.

    The banquet ended a tough season for the Tigers (7-24-6) but senior goalie Josh Thorimbert said the team had reason to hold their heads high.

     “We played with heart the entire year and we should be proud of that,” he said.

    Colorado College team award-winners

    Thayer Tutt Award (MVP) — Freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin, STATS

    Paul Markovich Award (top scholar-athlete) – Senior defenseman Eamonn McDermott; senior wing Alexander Krushelnyski

    Bob Johnson Award (top freshman) – Slavin

    Dave Peterson Award (most improved) – Junior wing Scott Wamsganz

    M.B. Hopper Award (top scorer) – Slavin

    Rodman Award (sportsmanship) – McDermott; senior center Jeff Collett

    Scott Winkler Award (humility, optimism, support) – Senior wing Michael Morin

    Steve Ebert Award (dedication, desire, ability and sportsmanship) – Senior goalie Josh Thorimbert

    Joni Brandner Memorial Award (dedication to Tiger hockey) – student statistician Victoria Thomas.

  • Fabian garners AHA sportsmanship award

    Fri, March 21, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    FabianAir Force senior Jason Fabian is the co-recipient of the Atlantic Hockey Association Individual Sportsmanship award as voted on by the league’s coaches. Mercyhurst defenseman Nick Jones shares the award with Fabian.

    Fabian, who played in nearly every situation including power play, penalty kill and extra-attacker offense and defense, played in all 39 games and was called for just two penalties for four minutes all season. He finished the season fifth on the team in scoring with 19 points (11 assists).

    He was Air Force’s top faceoff man, winning 380 faceoffs this season, No. 22 in the nation. His 54.8 faceoff percentage was the ninth best in the nation among players who won more than 375 draws. The Roseau, Minn., center blocked 27 shots, the best among the AFA forwards.

    Fabian is the first Falcon to ever win the AHA Individual Sportsmanship Award.

    Mercyhurst goalie Jimmy Sarjeant was named the AHA Player of the Year, while his coach Rick Gotkin earned Coach of the Year honors. Mercyhurst’s Dan O’Donoghue was named the AHA’s Best Defensive Forward, Laker Nick Jones was named the Best Defenseman. Sacred Heart’s Justin Danforth was named the AHA Rookie of the Year.

  • Air Force honorees; NCHC award finalists

    Thu, March 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Air Force senior defenseman Adam McKenzie and junior forward Cole Gunner were both named to the Atlantic Hockey Association second team. Click here for all the league honorees.

    Two Colorado College players are one of three finalists for  National Collegiate Hockey Conference individual annual awards.

    Freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin, named to the league second and all-rookie teams, is a finalist for Rookie of the Year along with Nebraska-Omaha wing Jake Guentzel and Denver forward Trevor Moore. He is also up for Offensive Defenseman of the Year with Denver’s Joey LaLeggia and UND senior Dillon Simpson.

    Senior wing Alexander Krushelnyski,  a league scholar-athlete as well,  is a finalist for Defensive Forward of the Year along with senior Chase Balisy of Western Michigan and St. Cloud State senior Nic Dowd. For all the nominees, click here. The winners will be announced next week as part of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff.

  • 17 Tigers garner NCHC all-academic honors

    Tue, March 11, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Krushelnyski2013-14The NCHC announced its academic award winners with eight student-athletes named to the first league scholar-athlete team, while 133 NCHC student-athletes received Academic All-Conference honors.

    The scholar-athlete team has one student-athlete from each of the eight NCHC institutions. Each school selected their recipient based on criteria that included having at least a 3.25 grade-point average and having competed in at least 25 percent of their teams’ games in their career. Team representatives also demonstrated athletic achievement on the ice and have given back to the community and/or the campus though service opportunities. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed a full year at their school.

    The 2013-14 NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team includes CC senior Alexander Krushelnyski was named to the all-academic first team and is eligible for the inaugural NCHC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award with the winner being announced at the NCHC Awards Celebration March 20 in Minneapolis.

    The other are: Western Michigan senior forward Chase Balisy[ St. Cloud State senior forward Nic Dowd, Minnesota-Duluth junior forward Adam Krause; Denver sophomore forward Gabe Levin, Miami sophomore forward Kevin Morris, Nebraska Omaha junior defenseman Brian O’Rourke and North Dakota senior defenseman Dillon Simpson.

    Here are the CC honorees (17): Alexander Krushelnyski, Zach Aman, Jeff Collett, Hunter Fejes, Russell Finch, Luc Gerdes, Matt Hansen, Jared Hanson, Michael King, Courtney Lockwood, Peter Maric, Eamonn McDermott, Gustav Olofsson, Alex Roos, Archie Skalbeck, Peter Stoykewych, and Charlie Taft