COLUMBUS, Ohio Corey Elkins, a forward on the Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been named the team’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Tuesday.

Each of the 12 conference schools selected one student-athlete for the honor. The CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be chosen from the group and honored at the 2009 CCHA Awards Banquet March 19 at Fox Theater in Detroit.

The faculty representative at each CCHA school, in consultation with the head coach, selected the institution’s scholar-athlete honoree. Nominees must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 through the fall term of the selection year to receive the award. The league’s overall honoree will be chosen by a vote of the conference’s faculty representatives.

Elkins, from West Bloomfield, Mich., will receive his bachelor’s degree in history at the end of winter quarter. He will be a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and is a dean’s list recipient. Elkins leads the Buckeyes with 40 points this year, including a team-high 18 goals, ranking fourth in the league in scoring and tying for third in goals. He has played in 98 games as a Buckeye and has 27 goals, 32 assists and 59 points. Elkins was named CCHA Player of the Week Jan. 19 and was the MVP of the Ohio Hockey Classic and named to the all-tournament team in January. Elkins, who was a nominee for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, received the 2007 Ohio State Coaches Award in recognition of his hard work and determination to come back from two separate injuries.

The No. 14-ranked Buckeyes return to action this weekend in a CCHA quarterfinal best-of-three series against Alaska in Fairbanks, Alaska. The teams will meet at 11:05 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday and at 10:05 p.m. ET Sunday (if necessary). In the Buckeyes’ sweep of Bowling Green in the first round of the tournament, Elkins had a league-high six points, including a hat trick and four points Saturday in a 7-1 win.