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CCHA celebrates rich history with All-Time Team honoring 12 alumni

The CCHA has announced its All-Time Team to honor the league’s top performers from the past 42 seasons.

The group of 12 players, selected by a committee of coaches, administrators and media, joins the league’s All-Decade teams from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s that were selected in 2001 and the All-Decade Team from 2000-13 that was named earlier this season.

First Team All-Time CCHA

Player's Name
Years Played
George McPheeF1978-1982Bowling Green
Kip MillerF1986-1990Michigan State
Brendan MorrisonF1993-1997Michigan
Wayne GagneD1983-1987Western Michigan
Andy GreeneD2002-2006Miami
Ryan MillerG1999-2002Michigan State

Second Team All-Time CCHA

Player's Name
Years Played
Jim DowdF1987-1991Lake Superior State
Nelson EmersonF1986-1990Bowling Green
Bill JoyceF1976-1980Northern Michigan
John-Michael LilesD1999-2003Michigan State
Ken MorrowD1975-1979Bowling Green
Mike LiutG1973-1977Bowling Green

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  • JubJub

    One could argue Darrin Madeley and not Liut belongs on the second team. Madeley’s conference statistics during his three-year career are tough to beat.

  • http://en-pi.facebook.com/people/Dan-Korn/574476822 Dan Korn

    No Marty Turco? Two other guys were better than the two time national champion and all-time NCAA wins leader?

    • http://twitter.com/Yostmeister JMcG

      Ryan Miller never won 1 let alone 2 NC’s. BUT, you can’t argue about his statistics and his NHL career.

      • http://en-pi.facebook.com/people/Dan-Korn/574476822 Dan Korn

        Miller’s shutout and GAA stats are impressive, but in the end, it’s about winning games and championships. Miller had 73 career wins to Turco’s 127, which, again, is the all-time record.

        And when they say that the purpose of this list is to “honor the league’s top performers from the past 42 seasons,” they mean seasons in college hockey, not the pros. So Miller’s NHL career, while stellar, is irrelevant.

        Marty Turco should be on this list, period.

        • JubJub

          I’m not sure how much weight national records and national championships have on an all-conference team honoring the league’s top performers. I’m not saying they shouldn’t, but I’m guessing they didn’t.

          Comparing Turco’s win total to Miller’s really isn’t fair since Miller played in only 106 games in his career.

          Turco racked up wins and has probably one of the best winning percentages of any goalie in CCHA play, but he only had one season where he lead the league in a statistical category–GAA in 1997.

          • http://en-pi.facebook.com/people/Dan-Korn/574476822 Dan Korn

            Of course national championships count. Conferences regularly tout the number of national championships won by their member schools. They give a league more prestige than just about anything else.

            Winning games against other teams in your own league doesn’t really carry the banner for the conference. Beating the rest of the nation does.

            Although if you want to only talk about CCHA conference games, Turco’s Wolverines did win two regular-season and three playoff titles, to one regular-season and two playoff titles for Miller’s Spartans. Turco also won three GLI titles to Miller’s one.

            When it comes to backstopping a team to a championship, Turco was one of the best ever. Miller had great stats, but he didn’t win the big games that Turco did.

            And it’s too bad that Miller didn’t play as many games in his career as Turco, but it’s the entire career that has to be considered, especially in an “all time” ranking.

            In any case, wins are as much of a statistical category as goals-against.

            Anyway, Miller can have his place on this list to put in his trophy case. I don’t think Marty Turco would trade his two national championships for it.

  • Rob

    How do you leave Brian Holzinger off that list? He won the Hobey!

  • Decatur Spartan

    Hmm. Six of the twelve played for Ron Mason. How about that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.binger Alan Binger

    Good choices. Of course Brian Holzinger and Brian Hills could have made that list…….so many Falcons, so little space!

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