Inside College Hockey is proud to announce
its tenth annual INCH All-America teams. The selections were made
by Inside College Hockey editors and staff, with input from media
and coaches from around the country.
The INCH All-America teams are not affiliated
with those of the American Hockey Coaches Association, which released
its East and West All-Americans earlier this month.
We prefer to see college hockey as a
national game—thus our first-, second-, and third-team All-Americans
are not divided on regional lines.
2011-12 ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
A former walk-on thrust into the starter's role two seasons
ago, Hunwick was the Wolverines' linchpin this season, especially
during the last two thirds of the season as Michigan pushed
its way toward the top of the CCHA standings, earning a No.
1 seed in the NCAA Tournament along the way.
Dumoulin Boston College
44 GP, 7-21—28, +27
An INCH first-team All-American last season, Dumoulin had
five fewer points than one year ago but scored four more goals
and, more importantly, helped the Eagles to the national championship
for the second time in his career. In BC's 33 wins, he had
an impressive plus-minus rating of +36.
Krug Michigan State
38 GP, 12-22—34, +21
The CCHA Player of the Year, Krug posted 34 points in 38
games, including a seven-game stretch from late January through
mid-February in which he scored 13 points as Michigan State
went 5-2-0 and solidified its place in the CCHA standings.
He helped the overachieving Spartans to the team's first NCAA
Tournament berth since 2008.
39 GP, 21-41—62, +14
Filling the void left by Gustav Nyquist's departure, Abbott,
the nation's leading scorer, sparked Maine's return to the
NCAA Tournament after a four-year hiatus. Abbott also paced
the country in assists and was a primary reason the Black
Bears sported the seventh-best offensive output in the NCAA.
Connolly Minnesota Duluth
Statistics: 41 GP, 20-40—60, +20
While he didn't lead the Bulldogs to a second straight national
title, he did become the fifth UMD player to win the Hobey
Baker Award. He had at least one point in 35 of the Bulldogs'
41 games, including an impressive 22-game point streak during
which he scored 15 goals and 23 assists.
39 GP, 36-21—57, +25
Scoring goals is the hardest thing to do in hockey, but
not for Smith, who led the country with 36 goals, including
29 while the Raiders had equal or fewer players on the ice
as the opponent. He was also remarkably consistent throughout
the year; his longest streak without scoring a goal was two
2011-12 ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
22-6-3, 1.65 GAA, .936 sv%, 5 shutouts
34 GP, 10-25—35, +14
37 GP, 16-28—44, +11
34 GP, 23-23—46, +12
30 GP, 15-26—41, +6
39 GP, 30-18—48, +26
2011-12 ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM