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Frattin, Blais Top WCHA Honors

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MADISON, Wis. — North Dakota's Matt Frattin, currently the leading goal scorer in the nation with 29, was named WCHA Player of the Year today. Also honored were Nebraska-Omaha's Dean Blais as Coach of the Year, and Denver forward Jason Zucker as Rookie of the Year.

Ohter major individual awards went to Wisconsin's Justin Schultz, WCHA Defensive Player of the Year; and North Dakota defenseman Chay Genoway, Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year.

Frattin also captured the league’s scoring title with 40 points (22-18—40) in WCHA games, the most points by a Sioux player in league games since 2000-01. In 28 league games he averaged 1.43 points per game as the Sioux claimed the regular season championship for a record 15th time overall and second time in the past three seasons. The Edmonton native is currently riding his second nine-game point streak for the season, scored a goal in eight straight games earlier this season, and has gone consecutive games without a point on only two occasions. Frattin is a draftee of the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs.

Blais won the award three times previously as head coach at North Dakota. He led the Mavericks to a 17-9-2 league mark and third-place finish, just one point out of second, as well as to a home playoff berth in the team’s first season in the WCHA. Blais, who earned his 300th career win on Feb. 12 against Wisconsin, was previously honored as the league’s coach of the year in 1996-97, 1998-99 and 2000-01.

From West Kelowna, British Columbia, Schultz is the first sophomore to win the award. Schultz is the second straight Badger to earn the league’s top defensive award, following Brendan Smith. Schultz’s 18 goals so far this season are the most for any defenseman in the country since the 2002-03 season and one off the Wisconsin record. He’s the nation’s leading point scorer among defensemen and also leads the Badgers with 46 points. A draftee of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, he posted the first hat trick by a UW defenseman since 1991-92.

Zucker made a strong bid to become just the second freshman in the 59-year history of the WCHA to win a scoring title, with DU’s Vic Venasky first accomplishing the feat in 1970-71. One of only two players to score 20 goals in WCHA action, he ranked second nationally among rookies with 1.12 points per game, had 12 multiple-point games, and tallied 14 points (4g, 10a) during a career-high nine-game point streak. He is a draftee of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.

2010-11 All-WCHA

First Team
F Matt Frattin, North Dakota
F Jack Connolly, Minnesota-Duluth
F Mike Connolly, Minnesota-Duluth
D Justin Schultz, Wisconsin
D Chay Genoway, North Dakota
G Aaron Dell, North Dakota

Second Team
F Jason Zucker, Denver
F Drew Shore, Denver
F Justin Fontaine, Minnesota-Duluth
D Jake Gardiner, Wisconsin
D Matt Donovan, Denver
G Kent Patterson, Minnesota

Third Team
F Jason Gregoire, North Dakota
F Jaden Schwartz, Colorado College
F Drew LeBlanc, St. Cloud State
D Kurt Davis, Minnesota State
D Justin Faulk, Minnesota-Duluth
G John Faulkner, Nebraska-Omaha

Rookie Team
F Jason Zucker, Denver
F Jaden Schwartz, Colorado College
F J.T. Brown, Minnesota-Duluth
D Justin Faulk, Minnesota-Duluth
D David Makowski, Denver
G Sam Brittain, Denver

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