Bulldogs' Connolly is WCHA Player of the Year

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Credit: WCHA

Bulldogs' Connolly is WCHA Player of the Year

March 8, 2012 Updated Mar 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Duluth native and UMD senior captain Jack Connolly has been named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) player of the year, it was announced Thursday.

Connolly received 48 of a possible 96 votes for player of the year after capturing the league's scoring title with 43 points in 28 conference games this season.

He has scored 64 goals and tallied 128 assists during his time at UMD, which ties him with Tom Kurvers for ninth place on the Bulldogs' all-time scoring list.

Connolly was a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in the 2010-11 season and has been named a top-30 finalist this season.

The Duluth native was also named to the all-WCHA first team, becoming the first Bulldog ever bestowed with that honor three times in a career.

UMD sophomore J.T. Brown joins Connolly on the all-WCHA first team after finishing the regular season with 18 goals and 19 assists in 26 games.

Senior goaltender Kenny Reiter earned all-WCHA second team status after finishing the conference schedule with a record of (15-7-5) and a 2.58 goals against average.

Travis Oleksuk was the lone Bulldog named to the all-WCHA third team after finishing the regular season with 14 goals and 22 assists in 28 games.

The Bulldogs also had seven members named to the all-WCHA academic team. Connolly and Reiter joined teammates Aaron Crandall, Keegan Flaherty, David Grun, Jake Hendrickson, and Luke McManus in earning that conference honor.

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