June 15, 2006
Fairfield, CT - Sophomore Nick Kary (Wetaskiwin, MB) was named to the Academic All-Star team, leading a group of 17 members of the Sacred Heart Pioneers men's ice hockey team named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team, announced Thursday by the conference.
The Pioneers 17 selections were tied for the most of any team in the league. Of the 96 student-athletes that were recognized as member of the All-Academic Team this season, 50 were members of the 2004-05 squad, and 22 were freshman. Sacred Heart had the highest number of returning student-athletes this season on the All-Academic Team, as 13 skaters received recognition last season.
The Academic All-Star team is made up of the players with the top GPA at each position from around the league. Kary, the 2005 AHA Scholar Athlete of the Year, was one of only two players to be named to the All-Star squad for the second straight year, joining senior Preston Briggs of Mercyhurst. The other three members are Canisius' Josh Henry and Max Buetow, the AHA Scholar Athlete of the Year, and Army's Bryce Hollweg.
Juniors Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) and Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC), who were also first team All-AHA, were honored for their academic acheivement, as was sophomore Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC), a second team All-Conference player on the ice.
In all, the Pioneers placed four seniors, five juniors, four sophomores, and two freshmen on the team. O'Brien, Erik Roos (Milford, CT), Drew Sanders (Modesto, CA),Charles Veilleux (Quebec City, QC) Andrew Billinghurst (Fort Collins, CO) and Todd Spencer (Brentwood, NH) were honored for the third straight year. Kary, Smith, Parent, Frederic Harland (Rosmere, QC), Noel Henck (Long Beach, NY), and Rocco Molinaro (Dearborn, MI) Scott Marchesi (South Portland, ME) and Chris Connerty (Rayham, MA) made the team for the second time. Sophomore Kalen Wright (Candle Lake, SK) and freshmen Stefan Drew (Dugald, MB) and Eric Giosa (Northville, MI) each were first time winners.
To qualify for the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team an individual must post a 3.0 grade point average or higher in each of the two academic periods during which his team was actively competing. Atlantic Hockey's Top Scholar Athlete is an award given annually to the player who achieves the highest grade point average over the course of the two academic semesters of competition.