College hockey: Union trio are All-Americans
TAMPA, Fla. The Union College hockey team had just two All-Americans in its first 20 years of its Division I existence.
In the 21st year, they got three more.
Sophomore goalie Troy Grosenick, junior center Jeremy Welsh and sophomore defenseman Mat Bodie were named All-Amer-icans Friday on the off day of the NCAA hockey Frozen Four.
Grosenick was named to the All-America East First Team. After playing in just three games last season, Grosenick was 22-6-3 with a 1.65 goals-against average, a .936 save percentage and five shutouts. He won the Ken Dryden Award as the ECAC Hockey goalie of the year. Grosenick was named to the ECACH all-tournament team and the NCAA East Regional team.
He is the third Dutchmen goalie to be named All-American, joining Trevor Koenig, who earned it in 1996-97, and Keith Kinkaid, who got it last year. Grosenick became the Dutchmen's top goalie after the sophomore Kinkaid departed for the New Jersey Devils last season.
“It is a great honor to be an All-American,” Grosenick said. “My teammates and the coaching staff have been incredible this whole year, and I could not thank them enough. This honor is truly a test-ament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in our program.”
Welsh and Bodie are the first Union non-goalies to earn a spot on the All-America team. They were both named to the second team.
Welsh, who signed a contract with the NHL’s Carolina Hur-ricanes late Thursday night after the Dutchmen’s season ended with a 3-1 loss to Ferris State in the Frozen Four semifinal, led the team in scoring with 27 goals and 17 assists. His 27 goals are the most in a season in Union Division I history. Welsh completed his three-year career with 100 points.
He was named to the All-ECACH Second Team and was the Most Outstanding Player of the ECACH tournament and NCAA East Regional.
Bodie was an All-ECACH First Team pick. He had eight goals and 21 assists.
The ECACH had four other East All-Americans. Making the First Team were Colgate senior forward Austin Smith, Harvard senior forward Alex Killorn and Harvard junior defenseman Danny Biega. Yale senior forward Brian O'Neill made the second team.
Connolly wins Hobey
Smith, the ECACH Player of the Year, was a Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick finalist. However, Minnesota Duluth senior forward Jack Connolly was named the winner of the Hobey.
Connolly, who helped the Bulldogs win the NCAA title last year, had 20 goals and 40 assists this season as the Bulldogs reached the NCAA Northeast Regional final before falling to Boston College.
Maine senior forward Spencer Abbott was the other Hobey Hat Trick finalist.