Six Northern Michigan University hockey players were named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Scholar-Athlete Team, announced the league office Thursday.
The Wildcats named to the team are: Cohen Adair (F, So., Stratford, ON/Computer Science); Jake Johnson (F, Sr., Duluth, MN/Management); Ryan Kesti (F, Jr., Red Wing, MN/Finance & Risk Management); Aaron Leach (F, So., Marquette, MI/Pre-Medicine); Nate Taurence(D, Jr., Trenton, MI/Cognitive Impairment/Secondary Education); Stephan Vigier (F, Sr., Notre Dame, MB/Physical Education/Coaching).
"I'm really proud of what these guys have been able to accomplish in the classroom and on the ice," said NMU head coach Walt Kyle. "It's great to see that they have been able to balance their academic work with their commitment to playing hockey at this level."
The WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award was developed through member team Faculty Representatives and approved by the conference membership for the 2005-06 season. To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his/her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.
Over the nine years of the award, there have now been more than 750 WCHA Scholar-Athlete honorees representing every men's and women's conference-member institutions. Thirty-seven (37) of this season's 113 recipients are repeat honorees, with nine of those 37 now being three-time honorees.
The Wildcats return to action this weekend hosting Lake Superior State at 7:07 p.m. Friday (Feb. 14) and Saturday (Feb. 15) at the Berry Events Center.