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RMU Again Leads the Way in AHA All-Academic Team

Monday, July 8, 2013

Pittsburgh -- The Robert Morris University men's ice hockey team had 25 student-athletes honored by the Atlantic Hockey Association for their work in the classroom during the 2012-2013 season.  Of the 25 student-athletes, three were honored as a Student-Athlete of the Year by the association.

Robert Morris set the bar with three student-athletes being named a Student-Athlete of the Year by the AHA.  The Colonials also led the way with 25 members on the All-Academic Team, 15 of which earned the honor for at least the second time in their careers.

Now graduate and former assistant captain Tyler Hinds (Orleans, Ontario / Nepean Raiders) was joined by two first-time members earning the honors.  2012-2013 freshmen Brandon Denham (Milton, Ontario / Oakville Blades) and Zac Lynch (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Bay State Breakers) joined Hinds in earning the Student-Athlete of the Year honors.  Only one other team had multiple Student-Athletes of the Year of the eleven players that were given the honor for maintaining at least a 4.0 GPA during the season.

Nine Colonials were named to the All-Academic Team for the third time in their careers.  Included in those nine were now-departed seniors Zach Hervato (Stittsville, Ontario / Smiths Falls Bears), Hinds, former captain Brendan Jamison (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Jersey Hitmen), and record-setting goaltender Eric Levine (Wheeling, Ill. / Pembroke Lumber Kings).  Andrew Blazek (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Topeka RoadRunners), Eric Ferber (Scottsdale, Ariz. / Bridgewater Bandits), Jimmy Geerin (Anchorage, Alaska / Burnaby Express), Evan Renwick (Calgary, Alberta / Canmore Eagles), and the newest captain of the Colonials Colin South (Sewickley, Pa. / Bay State Breakers) also earned their third appearances on the All-Academic Team.

A group of six student-athletes, led by 2011-2012 Student-Athletes of the Year Jeff Jones (Revelstoke, British Columbia / Merritt Centennials) and Tyson Wilson (Brockville, Ontario / Brockville Braves), earned a spot on the Al-Academic Team for the second time in their careers.  Joining Jones and Wilson in earning the recognition for a second time were Scott Jacklin (Kimberley, British Columbia / Trail Smoke Eaters), David Rigatti (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Texas Tornado), John Walton (Philadelphia, Pa. / Philadelphia Jr. Flyers), and Cody Wydo (Southgate, Mich. / Motor City Metal Jackets).

Ten newcomers to the Robert Morris program earned a spot on the All-Academic Team.  Matt Cope (Lakewood, Colo. / Wenatchee Wild), Denham, David Friedmann (Toronto, Ontario / Toronto Jr. Canadiens), Ryan Gayso (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Hills Indians), Greg Gibson (Burlington, Ontario / Amarillo Bulls), Chase Golightly (Temecula, Calif. / Prince George Spruce Kings), Jay Llewelyn (Saginaw, Mich. / Carleton Place Canadians), Lynch, Evan Moore (Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Sioux Falls Stampede), and Mac Roy (Chilliwack, British Columbia / University of Alabama-Huntsville) all were honored by the AHA for their work in the classroom.

To qualify for the AHA All-Academic Team, an individual must post at least a 3.0 GPA in the academic semesters during which the team is actively competing.

In the tenth year of the AHA, the league set a new record with 184 student-athletes earning a spot on the All-Academic Team.  The number eclipsed the mark of 179 student-athletes from the 2011-2012 season, a season in which the Colonials set the AHA team record with 26 student-athletes on the All-Academic Team.

The Colonials will begin their tenth season of play in the upcoming 2013-2014 season as they kick off the season with an exhibition contest against the University of Toronto on October 6th looking to build on a program-best 20 victories from last season.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.