Connolly earns All-American status

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Apr 10, 2010 at 10:45 PM CDT

University of Minnesota Duluth center Jack Connolly is now University of Minnesota Duluth All-American center Jack Connolly.

Connolly received the new moniker today (April 9) when he was named to the 2009-10 American Hockey Coaches Association/Reebok All-America West second team. The Duluth, Minn., native became the 23rd Bulldog ever to attain All-American status, but the just the first sophomore to do so since 1989-90 (goaltender Chad Erickson).

Connolly, a 2009-10 All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association first team selection, currently ranks sixth among all league skaters in overall scoring with a career-high 49 points, is second in power play points (26) and fourth in assists (31). He also topped the 2009-10 Bulldogs in plus-minus rating (plus-8) and in shots (137).

"It's certainly a well-deserved honor for Jack considering the start-to-finish season he had,," said Bulldog head coach Scott Sandelin. "I don't know if there was a more consistent player in the country this season than Jack. He's such a tremendous competitor -- a guy who just hates to lose."

This marks the first time in 16 years UMD has produced an All-American in back-back-back seasons as then-junior goaltender Alex Stalock was bestowed with first team distinction in 2008-09.

Courtesy: UMD Athletics