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WAUKESHA, Wis. – The Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Hockey team had 14 players named to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team as the league office released the teams Thursday afternoon. The 14 selections were the most of any of the 10 teams in the league.
Having 14 players is impressive enough, but throw in the fact that the Falcons had 14 selections out of 19 eligible players showcases the team's strong performance in the classroom this season. The 11 freshman on the CUW roster are not eligible for the NCHA All-Academic Team. In order to qualify for the All-Academic honor a player must be a sophomore or older and have a GPA of 3.3 or higher.
Senior Brandon Bayer (Milwaukee, Wis.) earned his second All-Academic selection after being named to the MCHA Team a season ago. Bayer finished his career with 34 points, ranking ninth all-time in program history and third all-time by a defenseman.
Another senior, forward Russell Johnson (Monticello, Minn.) made his way onto the team for the first time as did junior forward Matt Gates (Palatine, Ill.), who was in his first year with the Falcons. Another junior, Cole Weiser (Beloit, Wis.) also earned the honors. The other 10 selections were sophomores, who were eligible for the team for the first time.
The sophomore crew that earned the honors included Lawrence Childs (Silver Springs, Md.), Buster Hebda (Firstone, Colo.), Jake Hebda (Firestone, Colo.), Chris Hughes (Dundee, Mich.), Ben Jaremko (Elk River, Minn.), Trammell Lynes (Edmonton, Alberta), Kevin Michelcavage (Sterling Heights, Mich.), Eli Riddle (Blissfield, Mich.), Devin Stuermer (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Jordan Thomas (Fontana, Calif.).
These 14 helped CUW succeed on the ice as well this season. The Falcons won a program record 10 games and set several new school records in the process.