AUSTIN, Texas – Four players from New England Hockey Conference institutions were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA) as Academic All-Americans in the At-Large Division at both the district and national level.
Jonas Toupal (Vcelna, Czech Republic) of Hobart College, Braeden Ostepchuk (Lethbridge, Alta.) of Norwich University and Trevor Hanna (Whitehorse, Yukon) and Ryan Mulder (Ottawa, Ont.) of Castleton University were recognized as All-District honorees. In addition, Ostepchuk was recognized as the Player of the Year and national first team honoree while Hanna was named as a national third team player.
Toupal posted a 3.96 GPA in Geoscience while helping lead the Statesmen to the NEHC title this season. A first-team NEHC All-Conference selection, Toupal finished the season with 32 points on 15 goals and 17 assists, good for fifth most in league. His 15 goals ranked third most amongst fellow conference skaters.
Ostepchuk held a 4.0 cumulative GPA through all eight semesters at Norwich as a mechanical engineering major and was the Class of 2018 Valedictorian. On the ice, he was named the NEHC Goaltender of the Year and earned First Team All-Conference honors. He posted a 12-5-2 record with a 2.04 goals against average (16th nationally) and a .924 save percentage (29th nationally). He also had three shutouts to tie for ninth nationally.
Mulder registered a 3.94 GPA in Business Administration while backstopping the Spartans with a 6-8-3 overall record. The senior netminder ends his career at Castleton as being one of the school's most-decorated players, ranking first in program history in saves (2,005), save percentage (.909), games played (79), and games started (75), and sits second all-time in wins with 31. Mulder was also named a finalist for the prestigious Hockey Humanitarian Award this year.
Hanna maintained a 3.99 GPA as a double major in Biology and Adventure Recreation over his four-year career as a Spartan. The assistant captain skated in 25 games this season and posted 12 points on five goals and a career-best seven assists. He also scored the game-winning goal to secure the WSYB/Catamout Radio Invitational Championship over Brockport in late November.
The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men's and Women's At-Large teams, selected by Co-SIDA, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The men's at-large category comprises student-athletes from fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.