COLUMBUS, Ohio — Zac Dalpe, a sophomore forward on the Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been named to the All-CCHA First Team, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Tuesday. Sophomore defenseman Matt Bartkowski was an honorable-mention selection to the all-league team, while Devon Krogh was an honorable mention all-rookie team choice. Junior defenseman Chris Reed picked up the team’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete award.
The all-conference and all-rookie teams were voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches, who were not able to vote for their own players. Voting is based on play in league-games only.
Dalpe, from Paris, Ontario and a second-round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, is the first Buckeye named to the all-league first team since All-American R.J. Umberger in 2003. All-time Ohio State has placed 14 players on the conference’s first team, including seven forwards. 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 last year, leads the Buckeyes with 40 points and 20 goals, ranking first (tied) in the league overall in goals and fifth (tied) in points in all games while playing in all 36 games. He is the only sophomore skater named to the league’s first team and received eight first-place votes.
Bartkowski, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., is the first Buckeye defenseman to earn honorable mention accolades since 2006 (Nate Guenin, Sean Collins). A Florida Panthers draft pick who was traded to Boston last week, Bartkowski finished conference play tied for seventh among CCHA blueliners with 15 points, including 11 assists. He has 17 points this year, including 12 assists, to tie for 14th among conference defensemen overall and has played in all 36 games. A CCHA All-Rookie Team pick last year, he was the league defenseman of the week Feb. 22. He received a first-place vote in the all-conference voting and finished two points back of the second team defensemen.
West Vancouver, British Columbia, native Krogh is the 17th Buckeye to earn all-rookie team honorable mention accolades. He was a two-time CCHA Rookie of the Week (Dec. 6, Jan. 11), winning two of the four awards given to defensemen this season. Krogh has played in 29 games overall, leading Ohio State’s rookies with nine points (including six assists) and had a 3-4-7 line and +4 rating in CCHA games only.
Reed, from Solon, Ohio, is an accounting major. Each league school selects one student-athlete as its 2009-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be chosen from the group of 12 nominees and nominees must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 through fall quarter to be eligible for the award. Reed, who will be a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice, has played in 36 games for the Buckeyes this year and has a team-high +16 mark, along with a goal and eight assists for nine points.
The Buckeyes head to Oxford, Ohio, to take on No. 2-ranked Miami in the CCHA quarterfinals this weekend, with the best-of-three series winner advancing to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (if necessary).