COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio StateforwardZac Dalpe was named a Reebok Division I Ice Hockey All-American, earning a spot on the west second team after an outstanding sophomore season for the Buckeyes. He is one of just 24 players honored, with six-player first and second teams named for both the east and west. The squads, which were announced Friday in Detroit at the NCAA Frozen Four, are selected by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association.
“It is a huge honor to be named to the All-American team,” Dalpe said “I can’t thank my teammates and coaches enough for supporting me throughout the year.”
Dalpe, from Paris, Ontario, was a first team All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association selection and a finalist for CCHA Player of the Year after a sophomore campaign when he led the Buckeyes with 45 points and 21 goals, along with a +15 mark. He picks up the seventh All-American award for a Buckeye and the first since R.J. Umberger was named to the second team in 2003.
Dalpe finished conference play tied for first with 17 goals and ranked second with 34 points. The CCHA Player of the Month in January, Dalpe, who earned CCHA All-Rookie Team honors in 2008-09, tied for third in the conference in points overall this past season, ranking second in points per game (1.15). He shared the league goal-scoring lead and tied for eighth with 24 assists. He had at least one point in 28 games on the year, with multiple points in 10 games.
Dalpe skated in 76 games as a Buckeye, ending his career with 70 points on 34 goals and 36 assists.
A second-round draft pick of Carolina in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Dalpe signed a professional contract with the Hurricanes after the Buckeye season was complete. He has skated in eight games for the Albany River Rats in the American Hockey League, posting six goals (including a hat trick March 27) and an assist for seven points.