Preseason WCHA Awards

By September 30, 2013Other News

As Bowling Green enters their fourth season under head coach Chris Bergeron expectations are as high as they’ve been in recent years. Bowling Green was picked to finish fourth in the league by both the media and coaches. Four Falcons were recognized in the player awards as well.

Polls

A highly competitive conference is on the docket for the 2013-2014 season as six teams finished within sixty points of each other in the media poll. Teams received 10 points for a first place vote, 9 points for a second place vote, etc.

Media Poll

Teams received 10 points for a first place vote, 9 points for a second place vote, etc.

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Coaches Poll

Teams received 9 points for first place vote, 8 points for second place vote, etc. Coaches could not vote for their own team.

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Player Awards

The Falcons were well represented in the conference preseason player honors with four players either winning awards or receiving votes.

Player of the Year

Coaches Votes

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Media Votes

Matt Leitner – F (Minnesota State)

Others receiving votes: Garret Thompson – F (Ferris State), Stephon Williams – G (Minnesota State)

 

Rookie of the Year

Coaches Votes

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Media Votes

Zach Stepan – F (Minnesota State)

Others receiving votes: Tomas Sholl – G (Bowling Green), Brendan Harms – F (Bemidji State), Mathias Dahlstrom – G (Northern Michigan), Cliff Watson – D (Michigan Tech)

 

Preseason All-WCHA Team

Coaches Votes

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Others receiving votes:

Forwards: Blake Tatchell, So., Alaska Anchorage; Matt Bailey, Sr., Alaska-Anchorage; Cody Kunyk, Sr., Alaska-Fairbanks; Garrett Thompson, Sr., Ferris State.

Defensemen: Colton Parayko, So., Alaska-Fairbanks; Matt Prapavessis, Jr., Bemidji State; Mike Sullivan, Jr., Bowling Green; Ralfs Freibergs, So., Bowling Green; Scott Czarnowczan, Sr., Ferris State; Kevin Czuczman, Jr., Lake Superior State; C.J. Ludwig, Sr., Northern Michigan.

Goaltender: Kevin Kapalka, Sr., Lake Superior State.

 

Media Votes

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Others receiving votes:

Forwards: Cody Kunyk, Alaska-Fairbanks; Reed Sekel, Northern Michigan

Defensemen: Stephan Vigier, Northern Michigan; Matt Prapavessis, Bemidji State; Ralfs Freibergs, Bowling Green; Colton Paraynko, Alaska; CJ Ludwig, Northern Michigan

Goaltender: CJ Motte, Ferris State; Andrew Walsh, Bemidji State.

 

The following media members took part in the WCHA Preseason Media Poll: Justin Bradford, ESPN Radio Nashville; Bruce Cech, KCBF 820/UAF play-by-play; Dave Danis, Northern Michigan play-by-play; Erik Drygas, KCBF 820 AM/UAF color analyst; Drew Evans, BGSUHockey.com; Casey Ford, ESPN Radio UP; Shane Frederick, Mankato Free Press; Kevin Gordon, Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune; Kurt Haider, KENI News/KTZN Sports/UAA hockey play-by-play; Dirk Hembroff, 93.5 FM/MTU play-by-play; Dominic Hennig, 97.3 FM/FSU Play-by-Play; Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer; Dan Kowalski, 97.3 FM/FSU Color Commentator; Budd McLaughlin, AL.com hockey writer; Geof Morris, UAHHockey.com; Kevin Meyers, Bowling Green Radio Sports Organization; Tim O’Donnell, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner; Rob Roos, Sault Evening News; Martin Slagter, Big Rapids Pioneer; Jerry Taylor, ABC10 UP; John Wagner, Toledo Blade; Matt Wellens, Marquette Daily Mining Journal; Kevin Wells, KTUU-Channel 2; Scott Williams, Lakeland Public Television/KBUN Sportsradio, Brandon Veale/Michael Bleach, Daily Mining Gazette
Drew Evans

About Drew Evans

Drew is a co-founder and the editor for BGSUHockey.com. When he's not in the press box he makes (legal) drugs at a northwest Ohio compounding pharmacy. Drew is entering his eighth season covering Falcon hockey and has been a fan of the program since his time as a student beginning in 2003. He can be reached on Twitter @BGSUHockeySite and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.

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