Continuing to â??Celebrate The Legacyâ?? in itsâ?? 42nd and final season, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) has released the leagueâ??s All-Time Team to honor the leagueâ??s top performers from the past 42 seasons.
The illustrious group of 12 players, selected by a committee of coaches, administrators and media, joins the leagueâ??s All-Decade teams from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s that were selected in 2001, and the All-Decade Team from 2000-13 that was selected earlier this season.
All 12 players selected to the CCHA All-Time Team were All-Americans (eight multiple All-Americans) and graduated to professional careers. Ten played in the National Hockey League (NHL), Michigan State goaltender Ryan Miller blossomed into an NHL All-Star and U.S. Olympian, and Bowling Green defenseman Ken Morrow won a Gold medal with the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team.
Morrow (N.Y. Islanders) and Lake Superior forward Jim Dowd (New Jersey Devils) each has their name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
The CCHA All-Time Team was chosen from the All-Decade First-Team players, Hobey Baker Award winners and All-Americans that played at least three years of college hockey. The selections were made by a committee of coaches, administrators and media that have been involved with the league for the better part of the last three decades.
Below is the team in alphabetical order by position with their overall career totals. The All-Time Team includes four Hobey Baker Award winners, including McPhee, the leagueâ??s first winner in 1982, along with Kip Miller (1990), Morrison (1997) and Ryan Miller (2002). Morrison and Ryan Miller are the leagueâ??s only two-time Players of the Year, while Emerson is the leagueâ??s all-time leading scorer and Gagne is the all-time top scorer among CCHA defensemen.
CCHA All-Time Team
FIRST TEAM Name, Lettered Pos. School GP G A PtsGeorge McPhee, 1978-82 F Bowling Green 153 114 153 267Kip Miller, 1986-90 F Michigan State 176 118 143 261Brendan Morrison, 1993-97 F Michigan 155 102 182 284Wayne Gagne, 1983-87 D Western Michigan 162 42 199 241Andy Greene, 2002-06 D Miami 159 27 87 114
Name, Lettered W-L-T GAA SV%Ryan Miller, 1999-2002 G Michigan State 73-18-12 1.54 .941
SECOND TEAMName, Lettered Pos. School GP G A PtsJim Dowd, 1987-91 F Lake Superior 181 91 183 274Nelson Emerson, 1986-90 F Bowling Green 178 112 182 294Bill Joyce, 1976-80 F Northern Michigan 130 112 143 255John-Michael Liles, 1999-03 D Michigan State 162 44 94 138Ken Morrow, 1975-79 D Bowling Green 154 34 92 126 ã??
Name, Lettered W-L-T GAA SV% Mike Liut, 1973-77 G Bowling Green 53-27-1 3.35 .888