%^$March 17, 1998%^$

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hugo Boisvert (So., St. Therese, Que.) became the first Ohio State player since the 1983-84 season to be named to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s first team today, the league office announced.%^$

Boisvert led the conference in scoring with 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 points. He was the only non-senior to be named first team all-CCHA, and the only sophomore named to either the first or second all-league teams. He becomes the seventh Ohio State player ever to gain first-team recognition.%^$

All-American Paul Pooley was the last Buckeye named to the conference’s first-team.%^$

Chris Richards (Jr., Cornwall, Ont.) and Eric Meloche (So., Rosemere, Que.) also received honorable mention all-conference honors. Meloche, who tied for second in the CCHA with 20 goals scored, missed making the second team by six votes. Richards was mysteriously left off either conference team, although he had higher point totals than four of the six forwards that were elected to the first or second teams. %^$

Richards tied for third in the league with 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points.%^$

Joining Boisvert on the CCHA’s first team were Chad Alban (G, Michigan State), Tyler Harlton (D, Michigan State), Dan Boyle (D, Miami), Bill Muckalt (F, Michigan), and Sean Berens (F, Michigan State).%^$

Jeff Maund (Fr., Mississauga, Ont.) also became the first goalie in the conference to win the Defensive Player of the Week Award three times today. Maund stopped 66-of-67 shots in two Ohio State wins over Lake Superior last weekend, and picked up his second shutout of the year in Saturday night’s victory. Last week, Maund was named to the CCHA’s all-Rookie team.