COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Eleven members of the Miami hockey team were recognized for their diligence in the classroom by landing on the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Academic All-Conference Team on Wednesday.
Representing the Red & White on the league’s all-academic team are Justin Greenberg (Dallas, Texas/Texas (NAHL)), Grant Hutton (Carmel, Ind./Janesville (NAHL)), Ryan Larkin (Clarkston, Mich./Cedar Rapids (USHL)), Zach LaValle (Oakdale, Minn./Janesville (NAHL)), Conor Lemirande (Janesville, Wis./Youngstown (USHL)), Evan McCarthy (Castle Rock, Colo./Walpole (EHL)), Josh Melnick (Annandale, N.J./Youngstown (USHL)), Kiefer Sherwood (New Albany, Ohio/Youngstown (USHL)), Ryan Siroky (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Bloomington (USHL)), Colin Sullivan (Milford, Conn./Green Bay (USHL)) and Johnny Wingels (Wilmette, Ill.). In addition to earning academic all-conference honors, Lemirande, Sherwood and Wingels garnered NCHC Scholar Athlete Team status.
To be eligible for the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must compile a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average or better while having completed at least one academic year at his current institution. Student-athletes that have accrued a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better garner NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team distinction, in addition to Academic All-Conference. The 123 Academic All-Conference recipients are the second-most in the NCHC’s four year history (133 in 2013-14) and 25 more than a season ago, while the 39 Scholar-Athlete Team recipients are six more than last season when the NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team first switched to its current criteria.
While freshmen are not currently eligible for the NCHC Academic All-Conference or Scholar-Athlete Teams, those freshmen that achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year, will be added to the Academic All-Conference Team by the NCHC over the summer. Similarly, any freshmen who compile a 3.5 GPA or better will earn Scholar-Athlete Team honors. While a freshman in terms of eligibility, Larkin has two semesters in the books at Miami as an early enrollee last January.
All 11 of Miami’s representatives on the NCHC Academic All-Conference team are listed below (NCHC Scholar Athlete Team members in bold).