OXFORD, Ohio – An additional five Miami University hockey student-athletes were added to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s All-Academic Teams, the league office announced on Friday.
With the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year, all freshmen and first year transfers finished a full year at their respective institutions to join the original list of academic achievers that was announced back in February. Jumping onto the list for Miami are Austin Alger, Phil Knies, Ben Lown, Alec Mahalak and Grant Valentine. Those five were also named NCCH Distinguished Scholar Athletes.
To be eligible for the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must compile a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (or better) and have completed a full academic year at their current institution. Similarly, for NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, a student-athlete must attain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better with a full year of academic studies. Freshmen and first-year transfers were not eligible when the honors were first announced in February as they had not completed a full academic year, but with the 2017-18 academic calendar complete, the newcomers are now eligible to earn NCHC academic honors. Athletic success and playing time are not criteria for these awards.
In all, 156 NCHC student-athletes made the 2017-18 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, as 111 sophomores, juniors and seniors were recognized on Feb. 14. A total of 68 student-athletes garnered NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete recognition with 38 sophomores, juniors and seniors announced in February. The 68 NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes are the most in the conference’s three years since starting to honor any NCHC student-athlete with a 3.5 GPA or better.
The addition of those five players gives Miami a total of 19 members of the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team for the 2017-18 season.