LINCOLN, Neb. — Seven members of the Northern Michigan University men's ice hockey team have been named Division I Krampade All American Scholars for their success both on the ice and in the classroom as announced by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Tuesday. In order to receive recognition, a student-athlete must have maintained at least a 3.6 grade point average while competing in a minimum of 40 percent of their team's contests the previous season.
Three seniors highlighted the list of Wildcats to be recognized in forward Denver Pierce (Sault Ste Marie, Mich.), defenseman James Vermeulen (Stony Plain, Alta.) and goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland). Joining them are three sophomores and a freshman, including defensemen Robert Fosdick (Brookfield, Wis.) and Adam Roeder (Ballwin, Mo.), and forwards Joseph Nardi (Edmonton, Alta.) and Ty Readman (Edmonton, Alta.).
Pierce tied for fourth on the team in points last season, posting 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points while Nardi sat close behind in sixth with 19 points (9-10-19). The rookie forward, Readman, posted an impressive 13 points (4-9-13), placing him second in points among all freshmen on the team.
In the defensive zone, Vermeulen led the team in blocks, jumping in front of 49 shots while fellow blueliner Fosdick led the team in blocks per game (1.38).
As the Wildcats' last line of defense for four years, Tolvanen ranks atop the records book in career saves (3,564), shutouts (13) and total games played (137).
The Wildcats went 21-16-2 in 2018-19, finishing second in the conference through the regular season (18-8-2) and made a run to the WCHA semifinals where they came just shy of a berth in the championship.
The seven Wildcats honored is tied for second most in the WCHA, only behind the University of Alaska Anchorage with 11.
Denver Pierce *
Atte Tolvanen *
James Vermeulen *
* indicates two-time honoree