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LeBlanc Named WCHA Player of the Year

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St. Cloud State forward Drew LeBlanc, who helped lead the Huskies to their first MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular-season chanmps, was named the league's Player of the Year today. He also was named the league's Student-Athlete of the year.

A senior from Hermantown, Minn., LeBlanc becomes the first league player to earn both awards. LeBlanc led the league with 25 assists and also had 10 goals for 35 points in conference play, while charting 10 multiple-point games in WCHA action. Overall, he leads all Division I players with 34 assists and ranks fourth in the nation with 46 points.

The league’s 12 head coaches voted St. Cloud State defenseman Nick Jensen as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year. A junior from Rogers, Minn., Jensen has been a leader on the Huskies’ blueline throughout the 2012-13 campaign. In WCHA play this winter, he has scored four goals and added 19 assists along with a plus-15 rating.

The WCHA Coach of the Year is Mike Hastings of Minnesota State. In his first year as head coach of the Mavericks, Hastings guided MSU to its first top-half league finish since 2007-08 with a 16-11-1 record (22-11-3 overall).

2012-13 WCHA Men’s Major Award Winners

WCHA Player of the Year
Drew LeBlanc • Senior, Forward, St. Cloud State

WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year
Drew LeBlanc • Senior, Forward, St. Cloud State

WCHA Defensive Player of the Year
Nick Jensen • Junior, Defenseman, St. Cloud State

WCHA Rookie of the Year
Stephon Williams • Freshman, Goaltender, Minnesota State

WCHA Scoring Champion
Ryan Walters • Junior, Forward, Nebraska-Omaha

WCHA Goaltending Champion
Stephon Williams • Freshman, Goaltender, Minnesota State

WCHA Coach of the Year
Mike Hastings • Minnesota State

2012-13 All-WCHA First Team
F Ryan Walters, Nebraska-Omaha, Jr.
F Drew LeBlanc, St. Cloud State, Sr.
F Danny Kristo, North Dakota, Sr.
D Nate Schmidt, Minnesota, Jr.
D Nick Jensen, St. Cloud State, Jr.
G Stephon Williams, Minnesota State, Fr.

2012-13 All-WCHA Second Team
F Corban Knight, North Dakota, Sr.
F Erik Haula, Minnesota 5-11, Jr.
F Rylan Schwartz, Colorado College, Sr.
D Joey LaLeggia, Denver, So.
D Mike Boivin, Colorado College, Sr.
G Juho Olkinuora, Denver, So.

2012-13 All-WCHA Third Team
F Matt Leitner, Minnesota State, So.
F Nick Bjugstad, Minnesota, Jr.
F Eriah Hayes, Minnesota State, Sr.
D Andrej Sustr, Nebraska-Omaha, Jr.
D Jake McCabe, Wisconsin, So.
G Adam Wilcox, Minnesota, Fr.

2012-13 All-WCHA Rookie Team
F Tony Cameranesi, Minnesota-Duluth
F Alex Petan, Michigan Tech
F Rocco Grimaldi, North Dakota
D Nolan Zajac, Denver
D Andy Welinski, Minnesota-Duluth
G Stephon Williams, Minnesota State

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