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National scoring leader Miele named USCHO’s player of the year

Hobey Baker Award winner Andy Miele, a senior with the Miami RedHawks, has been voted as USCHO’s player of the year.

The Hobey Baker Award winner was announced on Friday, April 8, 2011, during a ceremony involving the three top finalists also known as the Hobey Hat Trick at the 2011 Frozen Four at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Melissa Wade)

Miami's Andy Miele won the 2011 Hobey Baker Award after leading the nation with 71 points (photo: Melissa Wade).

A 5-foot-8 forward from Gross Pointe, Mich., Miele signed a free agent contract with the Phoenix Coyotes after the RedHawks lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to New Hampshire.

Miele’s prolific scoring was a catalyst for the RedHawks’ success, which included a Mason Cup as CCHA tournament champions. He finished the season with 71 points on 47 assists and 24 goals, leading the country in scoring.

Hobey finalist Matt Frattin of North Dakota, who finished second in scoring, was 11 points behind Miele in the scoring race. The 71 points was the most by a college player since the 2002-03 season, and he was first nationally in points per game at 1.82.

Miele also led the CCHA in points with 56, the most for a CCHA player since 1991-1992.

Miele served as the assistant captain for the RedHawks. He started slowly, getting only one point in Miami’s first two games against New Hampshire, but quickly picked up the pace, notching two goals and seven assists in a two-game set against Northern Michigan, Miami’s third series of the season.

Among the highlights of Miele’s season were:

• 22 multi-point games, with 10 games in which he scored three or more points and eight weekends in which he recorded five or more points.

• 15 multi-assist games.

• 20 games (out of 39) in which he scored a goal.

• Recording a point in 33 of 39 games.

• A school record 17-game point streak that began on Jan. 8 and concluded on March 19, when Miele notched a goal and assist to lead Miami to the CCHA championship over Western Michigan. In that streak, Miele scored 14 goals and 24 assists.

Miele racked up many honors during the course of the year, including CCHA tournament MVP, All-CCHA tournament team and CCHA player of the month for January and February.

USCHO’s awards were voted on by staff members at the Frozen Four. Still to come this week: the nation’s top rookie and top coach, as well as All-USCHO first, second and third teams.

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  • SlowMow

    What are the odds he dresses tomorrow against the Wings?

    • Nyqi

      Can’t imagine that he is ready for that and to start in the playoffs takes a really special player (I know that Rob Blake did it 20+ years ago for the LA Kings). Andy is a great college player and I hope he does well in the NHL but I just can’t imagine that he is ready to play NHL playoff hockey but maybe he will. If he does best of luck—I have the wings.

    • Guest

      Actually looked and he can’t play in the post season since he signed after the trade deadline.

  • Sioux7>5

    He is still not close to being as good as Frattin. Frattin had more goald then Miele and was a better all around player. Frattin got robbed again. But then again what do you expect from USCHO.

    • Bob

      And he is not close to having been arrested as many times as Frattin either.

    • Big Al

      One Siuox fan to annother: Get over yourself, get a life, buy a vowel and please finds some manners and graciousness along the way. Don’t you annoy yourself when you read your posts?

  • Stunkmcjuffs

    blah blah. where was he in his regional loss? no where. where were frattin and conolly? oh thats right.

    • Dirty

      If you want to talk about one game I got one for you, Michigan Frozen Four. They executed their gameplan and shutout your boy too. Anything can happen in one game. Also, Duluth’s second line of JT Brown, Travis Oleksuk and Kyle Schmidt were the line of the tournament for the Bulldogs even though Connolly-Connolly-Fontaine was the nations best line.

      Frattin’s great. He’s gonna be an absolute stud, I don’t think anyone who’s seen him play will argue that. But he played on a ridiculously talented team as well that had more threats than Miami. I don’t understand how there was a good bit of talk about Miele having Carter Camper, Pat Cannone and Reilly Smith to thank for his good season. Smith had more of a role than Camper being that Smith was actually his linemate, not Camper who centered his own line as did Cannone. Why don’t we hear about Frattin’s line? Brad Malone is a future NHL’er and Evan Trupp was last years Final Five tournament MVP.

      Miele-Camper-Cannone/Smith did all play on the powerplay together so that for sure didn’t hurt Miele’s production. Don’t know who was all there with Frattin but with Trupp and Malone, along with Gregoire (even though he missed some games), Hextall, Knight and Kristo (missing games as well), that’s some pretty ridiculous powerplay combos too.

      General hockey thoughts. Further thoughts?

  • Dropthepuck_1

    i just will tell all of you this i work in college hockey and frattin is by far the better player. even if no dak was not as good as they were this kid is a stud.

  • Dropthepuck_1

    to my other comment, sorry have played against both of them that is y i said what i did.

  • Billymbrew

    Some of you guys just display your lack of knowledge in an awful attempt to ignore the skills of Mr. Miele.

    He can not play in the playoffs because he signed after the deadline.

    At least know what you are talking about when you try to argue against a very deserving player.

    • #1 Ranked Sioux

      Skills?? Miele was signed by the Coyotes on APRIL 2nd and have 3 games played since, without one minute of ice time for Miele. You say this guy is incredible!! I wanna see it….. on an NHL caliber…..

      Miele = 0 minutes in 3 games for the Coyotes
      Frattin = 15-1/2 minutes in one game, 5 shots on goal, 2nd Line for the Maple Leafs

      Do I really need to say WHO is of immediate NHL caliber? Who has more skills? Sad to see Hobey Baker at the AHL level….

  • HRGuy

    It seems like there is no escaping the siouxage….frattin was robbed….yeah that’s a good one. Way to go Andy, keep the siouxage whinning & crying….it’s better entertainment than any sioux hockey game.

  • WCHA1

    Does this matter? Who was USCHO’s POTY in 2010? That’s what I thought. No one remembers becuase it doesn’t MATTER.

    • Hockeyyyy

      then why are you commenting on it lol

  • No Green Colored Glasses

    Perhaps you closeminded Frattin freaks might consider the fact that those at USCHO have watched a significant amount of the likes of Frattin, Miele, Atkinson, Hagelin, Nyquist, Thompson, Polacek, et. al., and chose the Hockey Player of the Year as they saw fit. I realize there aren’t many choices of things to watch on television in North Dakota, but do yourself a favor and get a satellite dish. You might see a hockey game where NEITHER TEAM is wearing any green. Can you imagine? Granted, Frattin is one heck of a player, but the more you post with the arrogant attitude, the more you turn people off. I am so tired of reading the same old thing about Frattin and having every little issue dissected to the point of unrecognizability. What are the stats for scoring against goalies whose jersey number is less than 15? Who scores more during a full moon? What about scoring in rinks whose elevation is between 1000 and 1500 feet above sea level? Give me a break. I’m so tired of it.

    To you “Conspiracy Theorists” out there regarding the unwanted potential for a repeat of an all-WCHA Frozen Four as in 2005: I think the committee should have an all-WCHA regional so that the WCHA is guaranteed to have at least ONE entrant in the Frozen Four. After all, we wouldn’t want a repeat of 2009 where there were no WCHA schools represented in the Frozen Four.

    Regarding East Coast bias – Ever consider they might be better than you? No! Can’t be! We’re the WCHA! Impossible.

    On a serious non-sarcastic note: Congratulations to Minnesota-Duluth on winning and earning the National Championship. You outplayed every team you faced in the tournament and deserved to win it. It’s nice to see a new member in that exclusive club. The game-winning goal in the finals was a thing of beauty!

  • Poker Face

    Miele clearly can’t throw a lawnmower as far as Frattin can.

    Frattin wuz robbed.

    It was absolutely joyous to be there in person for yet another Sue failure. Thousands and thousands of Sue fans paid big bucks to watch the Sue and Frattin come up empty-handed once again. I even had a great view of the Sue fan flipping off Scooter Vaughn from my section! Thrilling stuff.

    I will admit that I walked around St. Paul on Friday night asking Sioux fans if Frattin gave a good acceptance speech knowing full well that he didn’t win it.

    I’ve slept well this week knowing Frattin will not be putting any more black eyes on college hockey and that the hostile and abusive Sue mascot will be gone forever.

    For you folks counting, that’s 4 different WCHA teams winning 6 national titles from 2001-2011. And not a single one was North Dakota.

    • No Green Colored Glasses

      I think I speak for many when I say I have nothing against the tremendous Matt Frattin or even the University of North Dakota. The obnoxious and arrogant N. Dakota fans that post, however, need a dose of reality.

      I will say that I was impressed with the Dakota fans in attendance at the Frozen Four. I did not hear any rude or degrading chants, cheers, or comments. I did not hear any boos or scoffs at the Hobey presentation. I did not see any poor behavior until I saw a video of the double bird 2 days after it happened. So for the most part, thank you for an enjoyable FF. You could have made it a lot worse. Please think before you post comments, though. A few are giving the many a bad reputation. Some of you are quite gutsy under the guise of computer anonimity…

      • Nyqi

        As a Sioux fan that was at the FF and at the Hobey award I would go even a bit further and say that most of the negative comments that I heard were coming from fans that didn’t have a team in the FF. Seems that the Minnesota fans that I was sitting near got a bit liquored up (before the Sioux game) and had to be escorted away from where we were sitting (not sure if they were thrown out or not). At the end of the game the fans that I was sitting near all stood and cheered for the great game that ended horribly for all of the UND fans.

        And during the Hobey award not only was there no booing, etc—from where I sat virtually every single fan in attendance (and by far most of them were from UND) stood and cheered for Andy when he won it. With the exception of the idiot in the corner with the double bird I can say that the Sioux fans were excellent at all of the events that I attended.

        • GeauxSioux

          Agreed. While my hands were too busy holding my head to clap at the end of the UND loss, I shook a few Michigan hands around me before I took off. Clapped for Miele as well, heard no booing in my section either. There are a few Sioux fans ruining things on here.

  • This means nothing

    I could really care less who wins this. You will hear Matt Frattin’s name next year, you will not hear Andy Miele’s.

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