April 15, 2012
2011-12 INCH Freshman All-Americans

Inside College Hockey is proud to announce its tenth annual INCH Freshman 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 Freshman All-American Team is not divided on regional lines.


Frank Slubowski
Western Michigan

Statistics: 17-11-4, 2.03 GAA, .911 sv%, 3 shutouts

Slubowski quickly assumed the No. 1 goaltending gig for the Broncos and backstopped them to their first CCHA playoff title since 1986 and a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, making coach Andy Murray's inaugural season in Kalamazoo a memorable one.

Shayne Gostisbehere

Statistics: 41 GP, 5-17—22, +18

On a team with loads of firepower, Gostisbehere emerged as another weapon as the Dutchmen won both the ECAC Hockey regular-season and playoff championships and earned the school's first-ever trip to the Frozen Four. Union was 16-1-2 in games in which he scored at least one point.

Joey LaLeggia

Statistics: 43 GP, 11-27—38, +13

LaLeggia was expected to produce a lot of points for the Pioneers during his rookie season, and he didn't disappoint. With 11 goals and 38 points, LaLeggia had the best offensive output by a DU rearguard since Matt Carle's 53 points in his Hobey-winning season of 2005-06.

Johnny Gaudreau
Boston College

Statistics: 44 GP, 21-23—44, +20

The nation's highest-scoring freshman, Gaudreau gave the country a glimpse of his immense talent with the game-clinching goal he scored against Ferris State in the national championship game. In Boston College's final 20 games, Gaudreau netted 14 goals and 14 assists.

Kyle Rau

Statistics: 40 GP, 18-25—43, +23

The Golden Gophers enjoyed a resurgence this season, and with youngsters like Rau in the fold, it's likely to continue. Rau got off to a quick start with 15 points in his first 10 games, and he led the WCHA regular-season champs with 9 power-play goals and 6 game-winners.

Scott Wilson
UMass Lowell

Statistics: 37 GP, 16-22—38, +12

The River Hawks' revival was one of the pleasant surprises of the past season, and Wilson had a major role in the turnaround. The Hockey East rookie of the year scored 38 points in 37 games—28 points in 26 league games. UML was 19-4-1 in games in which he scored at least one point.

Pos. Player School Year Statistics
G Juho Olkinuora Denver Fr. 9-8-3, 2.18 GAA, .924 sv%, 1 shutout
D Andrew Prochno St. Cloud State Fr. 38 GP, 5-24—29, +11
D Trevor van Riemsdyk New Hampshire Fr. 37 GP, 4-15—19, +7
F Austin Czarnik Miami Fr. 40 GP, 10-27—37, +25
F Alex Grieve Bentley Fr. 39 GP, 15-19—34, +16
F Alex Guptill Michigan Fr. 41 GP, 16-17—33, +14