|UND places 11 student-athletes on men's All-WCHA Academic Team|
The University of North Dakota placed 11 student-athletes on the men's 2008-09 All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Academic Team as announced by the conference office.
To earn recognition as a member of the All-WCHA Academic Team, member team student-athletes must meet the following criteria: (1) have completed one year of residency at present institution, prior to the current academic year; and (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.
Highlighting UND's 11 selections are a league-high five three-time honorees: seniors Ryan Duncan (Calgary, Alberta), Joe Finley (Edina, Minn.), Ryan Martens (Selkirk, Manitoba), Aaron Walski (Fargo, N.D.) and Matt Watkins (Aylesbury, Saskatchewan).
Juniors Chay Genoway (Morden, Manitoba) and Darcy Zajac (Winnipeg, Manitoba) each earned their second selection to the All-WCHA Academic Team, while sophomores Brent Davidson (Morden, Manitoba), Matt Frattin (Edmonton, Alberta), Derrick LaPoint (Eau Claire, Wis.) and Jake Marto (Grand Forks) were each honored for the first time.
UND's 11 selections are among a record total of 107 student-athletes representing all 10 WCHA member institutions named to this year's all-academic team. The previous record total was 93 in 2005-06.
The Fighting Sioux have now earned 47 selections to the All-WCHA Academic Team in Dave Hakstol's five seasons as UND head coach.
The WCHA has honored an all-academic team annually since the honor was first approved by the membership for the 1984-85 season. -- Jayson Hajdu, media relations director, athletics.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3621