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Irish, Broncos Highlight CCHA All-Rookie Team

CHN Staff Report

Four schools had one student-athlete named to the 2011 CCHA All-Rookie Team, with Western Michigan and Notre Dame each having two selections.

2010-11 Rookie Team

Chase Balisy led the Broncos in conference scoring with 12 goals and 26 points. Meanwhile, classmate Dan DeKeyser becomes the first Western Michigan defenseman named to the All-Rookie Team since 1997. DeKeyser played in all 36 games for the Broncos this season, boasting a +10 rating, which tied for the team-high among defensemen.

Balisy and DeKeyser are joined by Notre Dame's Anders Lee and T.J. Tynan. Lee led all freshmen and finished second in the league in goal-scoring with 21 tallies on the season. A unanimous selection on the All-Rookie Team, the New York Islanders draft pick was named the CCHA Rookie of the Month on three seperate occasions, becoming just the 12th rookie in Irish history to record 40 or more points in a season.

Tynan, meanwhile, led all freshmen in the CCHA, and the entire nation, with 19 goals and 46 points, including 14 multiple-point games, en route to being an unanimous selection on the All-Rookie Team. Tynan finished third in the league in overall scoring with a 19-27-46 line. 

Michigan's Jon Merrill led the CCHA in scoring by a defenseman, as the New Jersey Devils Draft pick scored 21 points on the season. Merrill also earned a bronze medal with the United States at the World Junior Championships during the season.

Kevin Kapalka, a 21-year-old goaltender from Mississauga, Ont., and Lake Superior State University, owned the league’s third-best save percentage at .928 to become an unanimous selection on the All-Rookie Team. Three of Kapalka’s eight league victories came in shutout fashion, and he also backstopped a league-leading five shootout wins. He is just the second Lakers’ netminder to earn All-Rookie honors.

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