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CC Cleans Up WCHA Awards

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. — The Colorado College Tigers, WCHA regular season champions and top seeds at the Final Five which starts today, head up the list of post-season individual conference award winners.

CC freshman goaltender Richard Bachman joined an elite group when he was named both WCHA Player of the Year and WCHA Rookie of the Year. The only other player in the 56-year history of the conference to earn both honors in the same season was another goalie, former Wisconsin and NHL standout Curtis Joseph, who did it in 1988-89.

Joining Bachman as a major award winner for Colorado College was senior defenseman Jack Hillen, who was the choice of the league's head coaches as WCHA Defensive Player of the Year.

Named as WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year was Minnesota State senior forward Joel Hanson while Mavericks' head coach Troy Jutting was chosen by the voters as WCHA Coach of the Year. Also honored at the banquet were St. Cloud State sophomore forward Ryan Lasch as WCHA Scoring Champion, North Dakota senior goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux as WCHA Goaltending Champion, and the All-WCHA First Team, All-WCHA Second Team, All-WCHA Third Team, and All-WCHA Rookie Team.

Bachman is third nationally among Division I goaltenders in goals-against average at 1.77, second nationally in saves percentage at .934, and tied for second nationally in winning percentage at .783 (23-6-1). He was also named to the All-WCHA First Team, and is a two-time HCA (Hockey Commissioners' Association) National Rookie of the Month (Nov. and Feb.). The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native is an NHL Draft pick of the Dallas Stars.

Hanson, the WCHA Outstanding Student Athlete of the Year Award recipient, is a senior and team captain at Minnesota State, carrying who carries a cumulative 3.81 grade-point average as a Finance major.

Hillen, a senior at Colorado College from Minnetonka, Minn., has been a catalyst at both ends of the ice for the league champion Tigers this season. As the choice of the league's head coaches as WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, he becomes the sixth different CC player — and seventh overall — so recognized since the award's inception in 1991-92.

Jutting's Coach of the Year honor was his second — the other coming in 2002-03. Jutting, a former Maverick player and 1986 graduate of MSU, led his club to a share of fourth place in the final regular season WCHA standings with a 12-12-4 league mark and to a first-round home playoff berth, after starting the 2007-08 season 3-6-1.

All-WCHA First Team

(statistics are final league games only)

F Chad Rau, Jr., Colorado College (28 gp, 23-10—33)
F T.J. Oshie, Jr., North Dakota (27 gp, 12-17—29)
F Ryan Lasch, So., St. Cloud State (28 gp, 17-17—34)
D Jack Hillen, Sr., Colorado College (28 gp, 4-19—23)
D Taylor Chorney, Jr., North Dakota (28 gp, 2-14—16)
G Richard Bachman, Fr., Colorado College (19-5-1, 1.75 gaa, .937 sv%)

All-WCHA Second Team

F Andreas Nodl, So., St. Cloud State (28 gp, 15-16—31)
F Ryan Duncan, Jr., North Dakota (28 gp, 9-19—28)
F Garrett Roe, Fr., St. Cloud State (27 gp, 11-17—28)
D Chris Butler, Jr., Denver (28 gp, 2-10—12)
D Chay Genoway, So., North Dakota (23 gp, 5-13—18)
G Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, Sr., North Dakota (18-7-3, 1.74 gaa, .929 sv%)

All-WCHA Third Team were

F Tyler Bozak, Fr., Denver (28 gp, 12-12—24)
F Blake Wheeler, Jr., Minnesota (28 gp, 10-13—23)
F Kyle Turris, Fr., Wisconsin (26 gp, 6-13—19)
D Robbie Bina, Sr., North Dakota (28 gp, 1-16—17)
D Jamie McBain, So., Wisconsin (25 gp, 2-14—16)
G Peter Mannino, Sr., Denver (16-11-1, 2.38 gaa, .913 sv%)

All-WCHA Rookie Team

F Kyle Turris, Fr., Wisconsin (26 gp, 6-13—19)
F Tyler Bozak, Fr., Denver (28 gp, 12-12—24)
F Garrett Roe, Fr., St. Cloud State (27 gp, 11-17—28)
D Ryan McDonagh, Fr., Wisconsin (28 gp, 3-4—7)
D Cade Fairchild, Fr., Minnesota (28 gp, 2-8—10)
G Richard Bachman, Fr., Colorado College (19-5-1, 1.75 gaa, .937 sv%)

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