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Drake Caggiula was one of four North Dakota players to make the 2016 All-USCHO teams (photo: Melissa Wade).

National champion North Dakota and Michigan each had four players honored on the 2016 All-USCHO teams.

Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player Drake Caggiula led the way for the Fighting Hawks as a first-team selection. Two teammates were on the second team and one made the third team.

Hobey Baker Award winner Jimmy Vesey of Harvard repeated as a first-team forward, while second-teamer Sam Anas, a Quinnipiac forward, and third-teamer Matt Grzelcyk, a Boston University defenseman, also returned to the teams.

Here are the All-USCHO teams, with links to player statistics pages:

First team

• Forward Drake Caggiula, North Dakota senior
• Forward Kyle Connor, Michigan freshman
• Forward Jimmy Vesey, Harvard senior
• Defenseman Ethan Prow, St. Cloud State senior
• Defenseman Jake Walman, Providence sophomore
• Goaltender Alex Lyon, Yale junior

Second team

• Forward Sam Anas, Quinnipiac junior
• Forward Brock Boeser, North Dakota freshman
• Forward Tyler Motte, Michigan junior
• Defenseman Will Butcher, Denver junior
• Defenseman Zach Werenski, Michigan sophomore
• Goaltender Cam Johnson, North Dakota sophomore

Third team

• Forward JT Compher, Michigan junior
• Forward Kalle Kossila, St. Cloud State senior
• Forward Zac Lynch, Robert Morris senior
• Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, Boston University senior
• Defenseman Troy Stecher, North Dakota junior
• Goaltender Kevin Boyle, UMass-Lowell junior

The NCHC led the way with seven selections, while the Big Ten had four — all from Michigan.

All-USCHO teams were selected by USCHO staff members during the Frozen Four.

Individual awards for player, rookie and coach of the year will be announced later this week.

  • Ron IsNotMyRealName

    Boeser still better than Connor and Vesey.

    • sioux rule

      Strong Hobey candidate next year for sure.

    • UofMGoldenChokers

      Wonder what his numbers would have been like playing a majority of games against teams ranked worse than 30th in defense.

      • Ron IsNotMyRealName

        I would prefer to ask the question the other way around. And really even 30th in college hockey is just median. Top 15 or 20 to me is more meaningful. North Dakota has only finished I think one season outside the top 12 since the 90s.

  • Shanahan

    Wow–whether you agree with his selection or not, Thatcher Demko was a Hobey Baker Award finalist and won the Richter Award, yet he’s not even USCHO’s third goalie?

    • Joey Loeffler, Jr.

      You hit the nail on the head, we don’t agree with his selection. Well, I guess I wouldn’t have had too big of an issue if he made third team.

    • Friarsgirl

      I am as far removed from being an Eagles fan as one can be but you are 100% correct about Demko.

  • Siouxforever

    Brock will be a beast next year since he IS coming back he announced on twitter

    • gimruis

      When Vancouver comes calling with bags of money and a spot on the NHL roster, he will change his mind.

      • stod_2

        Vancouver fm said a few months ago that they thought it would be in his best interest to play another year. He has already made the decision, I don’t think there is any chance he leaves now.

        • Let’sPlayHockey

          Who listens to the radio?

      • University of Hockey

        1. Boeser will be at UND next year
        2. Teams do not bring “bags full of money”, I’m guessing they do checks or direct deposit. It’s not as dramatic but still gets the job done.

      • Scott Stone

        So you think he made his announcement BEFORE talking to Vancouver? Hmmm… smart hockey fan, there.

  • Sparky

    These “all star” teams can be debated ad nauseam….which is fine. Here are my thoughts.
    1) Vesey is painfully overrated. I’m sure he is a nice kid, but he is simply not the best player in the country. If it’s not Connor, it should be Boeser.
    2) North Dakota might have the best set of defensemen on one team I have ever seen. They are overlooked b/c of the notoriety the CBS and Heavy lines receive, but their play had as much to do with UND winning #8 as any other player or forward line.
    3) As great as Caguilla and Boeser were all year and in the NT, Nick Schmaltz could be the most “important” player on UND’s team. He does far more on the ice than is recognized….or so it seems to me anyway.
    4) If Schmaltz stays (now that Boeser is staying) and UND loses no more than 2 defensemen, they will be in a great position for making it back to the FF.
    5) Blake Hillman will have a break out year next year. Defensively speaking, he was better in the NT than Butcher. Matter of fact, DU’s defense (other than Hillman) did not play well against UND.
    6) Look for Shane Gersich to have a big year next season. He is fast, has great hands, and is smart on the ice. I can see him scoring at least 15 goals next year. I expect Ryan Gambrell to take his game up a notch next year as well…he will be very dangerous.

    • Let’sPlayHockey

      7. The addition of Tyson Jost. The Cannuck can play.

      When did Boeser announce he was returning?

      • Dashdriver

        Monday right before the trophy presentation

    • SCSUfan1

      This might be a little bias….

  • Fred Arbanus

    Lyon was the best goalie in College Hockey, an all-american twice, You did right to pick him for the 1st team.

  • SCSUfan1

    Demko should be on 1st or 2nd team, Will Butcher is good but I didn’t notice him at all whenever I was able to watch him. And maybe we could squeeze Joey Benik and Charlie Lindgren in their? :)