Michigan, North Dakota both have four 2015-16 All-Americans

Yale’s Alex Lyon is a first-team All-American for the second straight season (photo: Rachel Lewis).

Four players earned a second straight spot on the All-America first team when the 2015-16 honorees were unveiled on Friday.

Yale goaltender Alex Lyon, Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, Providence defenseman Jake Walman and Harvard forward Jimmy Vesey all were named to the East first team for the second year in a row.

In the West, all 12 All-Americans across two teams were newcomers to the honor.

Here are the teams:

East first team

G Alex Lyon, jr., Yale
D Matt Grzelcyk, sr., Boston University
D Jake Walman, so., Providence
F Sam Anas, jr., Quinnipiac
F Andrew Poturalski, so., New Hampshire
F Jimmy Vesey, sr., Harvard

West first team

G Charlie Lindgren, jr., St. Cloud State
D Ethan Prow, sr., St. Cloud State
D Zach Werenski, so., Michigan
F Brock Boeser, fr., North Dakota
F Kyle Connor, fr., Michigan
F Tyler Motte, jr., Michigan

East second team

G Thatcher Demko, jr., Boston College
D Gavin Bayreuther, jr., St. Lawrence
D Rob O’Gara, sr., Yale
F Ryan Fitzgerald, jr., Boston College
F Mark Jankowski, sr., Providence
F Danny O’Regan, sr., Boston University

West second team

G Cam Johnson, so., North Dakota
D Will Butcher, jr., Denver
D Troy Stecher, jr., North Dakota
F Drake Caggiula, sr, North Dakota
F JT Compher, jr., Michigan
F Alex Petan, sr, Michigan Tech

Michigan and North Dakota tied for the most All-Americans with four each.

Junior was the most-represented class, with 10. There were eight seniors, four sophomores and two freshmen.


    • Easy. He wasn’t qualified. Lyon lead nation in save % and goals against avg. two years in a row. Demko wasn’t even top 5.

      • Numbers are numbers. One and done in every tournament he was in. Had three solid defenseman on a 100 percent defensive team in and really weak conference this year. Demko was top three in save percentage, minutes played, and had 10 shut outs with much higher competition on an offensive team. Lyon did not lead in any category other than gaa, which is padded by his two nhl defensemen on a d first team in a brutal offensive conference. Is he bad goalie, no he’s top 5 a good goalie, but numbers are padded.

        • Please stop with the knee-jerk “weak” ECAC argument. They have half the final four finalists in the last four years. ECAC is over has a winning record over HE the last two seasons. Please… stop reading from the old school college hockey talking points. ECAC is the real deal. As far as Lyon is concerned, we’ll see who has the better pro career between the pipes.

          • It’s not knee jerk at all there’s one team every year then nothing. No one else beat anyone meaningful. Just a fact sorry they have one really strong team. The conference has gotten a lot better. Not one of the top two though. College hocmey is also no where near the top minor league either. Can’t think of an undrafted goalie in the last ten years that has done anything real out of college hockey. I mean talbot is okay and scrivens has been hideous. Lots of well sought after free agent from the Boston schools etc. If your talking pros demko is by far the best prospect in college hockey. The only college goalies that are doing really well we’re all higher draft picks.

      • Lyon lead one category and benefited heavily from his system and competition. His numbers are good but he never won big games.


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