SUPERIOR, Wis. — Sixteen different schools can boast RBK Hockey Division III Men’s All-American selections in the starry squads announced Friday at the NCAA Division III Men’s Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Wisconsin-River Falls led the way with four selections. Five of the recognized players will be in action this weekend as semifinalist Oswego State boasts two All-Americans and fellow competitors Manhattanville, Middlebury, and St. Norbert claim one each.
The only repeat honorees are Augsburg College senior forward Aaron Johnson, a first-team choice last year and this year, and Norwich junior forward Rick Cleaver, a second-teamer in 2006 and a first-team selection this year.
The RBK Hockey All-American Teams are sponsored by RBK Hockey, an international leader in hockey equipment, and chosen by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association.
Player of the Year: G Andrew Gallant, Sr., Manhattanville
East Region, First Team
G Andrew Gallant, Sr., Manhattanville
D Arthur Fritsch, Jr., Colby
D Tom Maldonado, Jr., Middlebury
F Rick Cleaver, Jr., Norwich
F Mitch Stephens, Sr., Geneseo
F Neil Trimm, Jr., Neumann
West Region, First Team
G A.J. Bucchino, So., UW-River Falls
D Jim Henkemeyer, Fr., UW-River Falls
D Derek Paige, Sr., UW-Superior
F Marc Belanger, Jr., St. Norbert
F Aaron Johnson, Sr., Augsburg
F T.J. Dahl, Jr., UW-River Falls
East Region, Second Team
G Ryan Scott, Jr., Oswego
D Mike Gooch, Jr., Neumann
D John Halverson, Sr., Trinity
F Mike Hedden, So., Neumann
F Brendan McLaughlin, So., Oswego
F Greg Osborne, Sr., Colby
West Region, Second Team
G Mike Stone, Jr., UW-Stout
D John Paulson, Jr., St. Olaf
D Ryan Van Bockel, Sr., St. Thomas
F Derek Hansberry, So., UW-River Falls
F Nick Pernula, Jr., St. Thomas
F Brian Soik, Sr., MSOE