2013 Men's All-Americans

The votes are in and the 2013 D3hockey.com Men's All-American and All-Region awards have been determined.  Oswego State senior forward Paul Rodrigues claimed top honors as National Player of the Year, while UW-Eau Claire head coach Matt Loen claimed the same as National Coach of the Year.

The team is heavily represented by members of this national title game participants and is led by national champion UW-Eau Claire who placed three players on the team while Oswego State had two players acknowledged.  St. Norbert is the lone other team to have more than one player named, while Adrian, Babson, Fitchburg State, Hobart, Norwich, UMass Boston, Utica, UW-Superior, Wentworth and Wesleyan all have a single representative.

Decided by the votes of Sports Information Directors at Division III institutions that sponsor men's ice hockey, the All-American teams are comprised of the top vote-getters within their respective regions.

2013 All-Region Teams: East Region | West Region

 

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR - PAUL RODRIGUES, SR., OSWEGO STATE

Rodrigues, a native of Etobicoke, Ont., claims the 2013 honors as Men's Player of the Year as 16 goals, 30 assists and 46 points led an Oswego State team to a national runner-up finish.

His 30 assists were tied for most in Division III, while his 46 points were good for second-most, and were just one point behind the national leader.

11 of Rodrigues' 15 goals came in non-conference games, and they included a goal against Norwich in the NCAA semifinals and the overtime game-winner against Adrian in the NCAA quarterfinals.  He also tallied to assists in Oswego's 4-0 win over Plattsburgh State in the SUNYAC finals that handed the Lakers their first SUNYAC playoff title since 2010.

Rodrigues' prolific Division III career saw him post 50 goals and 83 assists for 133 points in 112 career game.  During his four years in Oswego, the Lakers made four NCAA tournament, four Frozen Four, and two national championship game appearances.

Also this season's recipient of the American Hockey Coaches Association Sid Watson Award, Rodrigues is a criminal justice major and has been named to the SUNYAC All-Academic team on three occasions.

 

NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR - MATT LOEN, UW-EAU CLAIRE

Matt Loen, head coach of national champion UW-Eau Claire, has been voted D3hockey.com Men's National Coach of the Year.

In six seasons behind the Blugolds' bench, Loen holds a 84-72-12 career mark.  The 2012-13 marked UW-Eau Claire's most successful in school history as aside from winning the national title, the Blugolds closed out at 24-5-2, which broke the previous school record for wins in a season by a full six wins.

The Blugolds also claimed the NCHA regular season championship and their NCAA tournament appearance was just the second in school history.

Loen, a 1995 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, was a four year letterwinner for the Blugolds and received First team All-American and NCHA Player of the Year honors following his senior season.

 

2013 D3HOCKEY.COM ALL-AMERICANS

FIRST TEAM
 
 

G - BRANDON STEPHENSON, SR., UW-EAU CLAIRE

The West Region Player of the Year, Stephenson capped off a collegiate career by backstopping the Blugolds to the regular season NCHA title as well as to their first national title in school history.  His 1672-plus minutes played were third most in the region and his 22 wins led all western goaltenders.  He also became the first goaltender since 2001-02 to defeat St. Norbert three times in a season.

D - ZACK JOSEPHER, SR., OSWEGO STATE

Among the offensive power at Oswego State it's easy for the defense to be overlooked.  Not to be overlooked though is that Oswego was one of only six schools to allow less than two goals per game over the course of the season.  A big part of that defensive effort, Josepher also finished tie for fourth in goals scored by a defenseman, with nine.  His 23 points were seventh in the East for a blueliner.

D - CARL EKSTROM, SR., ST. NORBERT

Ekstrom's six goals, 13 assists and 19 points all ranked as best among defensemen on this years Green Knights' squad.  His .70 points per game ranked as fifth best among West Region blueliners and his six goals were tied for third most.  A staple on the Green Knights' blueline, Ekstrom saw action in 58 games over his final two seasons, and finished his career with 8 goals, 26 assists and 43 points in 78 game played.

F - PAUL RODRIGUES, SR., OSWEGO STATE

The Sid Watson Award winner and the D3hockey.com National Player of the Year, Rodrigues led the nation's most prolific offense with 16 goals an 30 assists for 46 points.  Those 46 points were the second most in the East while no one had more than his 30 assists.  He finished his career at Oswego with 50 goals and 83 assists for 133 points in 112 games.
 

F - JORDAN SINGER, SR., UW-EAU CLAIRE

The last of three Blugolds to make the first team, the senior captain finished the season with 22 goals, 14 assists and 36 points.  Singer's 22 goals tied for most in the West Region, and his goal and assist in the national title game ran his career total to an even 100 points.  Singer also picked up a goal in the Blugolds' semifinal win over Utica, and was also named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

 

F - LOUIE EDUCATE, SO., UTICA

Educate did not dissapoint in his first year at Utica, scoring 18 goals along with 18 assists to lead the Pioneers in both categories.  Utica's sole representative, and the only underclassmen to make the East Region first or second team tied for Utica's lead with four game winning goals as Utica made its first NCAA tournament appearance and first Frozen Four appearance.
   
SECOND TEAM
 
 

G - NICK BROADWATER, SR., HOBART

Broadwater led the East in goals against average with a 1.66 mark while his .939 save percentage was second in the region.  He led Hobart with a 15-5-2 record with four shutouts as the Statesmen finished tied for the regular season title.  Broadwater finished his Hobart career with a 45-26-7 record with 11 shutouts.

D - JACK CALLAHAN, SO., UW-EAU CLAIRE

A Division I transfer who previously attended Quinnipiac, Callahan's 2 goals, 18 assists and 20 points ranked him as the second highest scoring defenseman in the West Region.  His 18 assists were best in the region and he loomed large in the postseason as he picked up an assist in the Blugolds' opening round NCAA win over St. John's, as well as two assists in their semifinal win over Utica.

 

D - SHAUN JAMESON, SR., WENTWORTH

Jameson led Wentworth in overall scoring with five goals and 22 assists for 27 points as the Leopards won the ECAC Northeast regular season and playoff championships.  He also finished the season with zero penalties, quite the feat for a defenseman.  His .96 points per game was fifth in the East Region for defensemen, while his two power play goals were second on the team. 

F - KYLE STROH, SR., ST. NORBERT

Stroh closed out a prolific collegiate career by crossing the 40-point plateau for the first time as his 19 goals and 22 assists this season gave him 41 on the year. His goal and assist totals were both third-highest in the West Region.  Stroh played in an impressive 115 career games for the Green Knights, and finished with 49 goals and 54 assists for 103 points.

 

F - COLIN MULVEY, SR., NORWICH

After scoring 40 points in the first 78 points of his career, Mulvey turned it up this season, leading Norwich with 19 goals and tying for the team lead with 38 points as the Cadets returned to the Frozen Four for the fourth straight season.  Mulvey led the nation with nine game winning goals, almost twice as many as the next closest East Region player.

 

F - ZACH GRAHAM, SR., ADRIAN

Graham led the Bullogs in scoring for the second season in a row with 14 goals, 25 assists and 39 points.  Graham's 25 points were second most among West Region skaters, while his 39 points stood as third-best. In his collegiate career, Graham appeared in 111 games with Adrian where he posted 60 goals and 102 assists for 162 points.

   
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G - ZEKE TESTA, SR., BABSON

Testa finished his career leading Babson to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009, winning the ECAC East playoff championship.  Testa's 1.85 goals against average was good for fifth in the East while his .936 save percentage were third in the East.

D - ROB FLORENTINO, SR., UMASS BOSTON

Florentino finished second in the East Region among defenseman with 1.04 points per game.  His 28 points (7 goals and 21 assists) were most in the East by a blueliner.  Florentino finished his career as a Beacon with 21 goals and 43 assists for 64 points in 82 games.

D - JEFF FORSYTHE, JR., UW-SUPERIOR

Forsythe wrapped up a strong junior campaign with six goals and 12 assists for 18 points, good enough for third most on the Yellowjackets.  Four of his six goals came on the power play.  Also Superior's top defensive defenseman, Forsythe picked up just ten penalty minutes on the year despite logging an enormous amount of ice time.  In three seasons in Superior he has posted 22 goals and 28 assists.

F - JOSEPH CAVENEY, SR., FITCHBURGH STATE

Caveny led the East and the nation with 1.74 points per game, finishing the season with 17 goals and 30 assists for 47 points.  Given his team scored only 95 goals, Caveny figured in 49.5% of his team's goals.  Caveny was tops in the East in assists, recording 30 helpers in his 27 games.  He also finished in the top 20 in goals.

 

F - CODY KEEFER, SR., ST. NORBERT

The win hands the Blugolds their first national title and makes them the sixth member of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) to win a championship. Additionally, when paired with St. Norbert's title last year, the Eau Claire victory marks the first time two different teams from the same league have won it all in consecutive seasons since UW-Stevens Point and UW-River Falls accomplished the same feat in 1993 and 1994.

 

F - KEITH BUEHLER, JR., WESLEYAN

Buehler led Wesleyan with 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points, factoring in 40 of the Cardinals' 88 goals.  Buehler completed one of the wilder games of the year by completing a hat trick in overtime as Wesleyan defeated eventual NESCAC champions Bowdoin 6-5 midway through the season.  Buehler finished third in the East in points per game while finishing second in goals per game.

 

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