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CCHA Awards

Player of the year – Reilly Smith, Miami

It came down to Smith and Torey Krug, but Smith was incredibly impressive this year. Although he scored a boatload of goals last year there were whispers that it was mostly due to playing on a line with Andy Miele. This year he proved it was no fluke (and that maybe he was the driving force on that line last year) by scoring 18 goals in CCHA play, 5 more than anyone else in the league. Miami was 5th in the league in scoring, so you know just how important Smith was to that team as well.

Coach of the Year – Bob Daniels, Ferris State

Halfway through the year, Ohio State’s Mark Osiecki seemed to have a stranglehold on this award, but after finishing 5th last year Ferris State went on a 13 game unbeaten streak before losing their last game of the season to win the CCHA regular season title. Ferris has been a really balanced team all year, with just two scorers in double figures, and they came virtually out of nowhere to win the league and reach the national title game.

Rookie of the year – Alex Guptill, Michigan

Guptill is the lesser heralded of a pair of Michigan rookie forwards (along with Phil DiGiuseppe) but he was great all season, finishing the CCHA slate tied for 2nd in goals with 13 and had 5 more points than any other rookie.

1st team

F – Smith

F – TJ Tynan, Notre Dame

F – Cody Kunyk, Alaska

D – Torey Krug, Michigan State

D – Chad Billins, Ferris State

G – Shawn Hunwick, Michigan

2nd team

F – Tyler Gron, Northern Michigan

F – Alex Guptill, Michigan

F – Jodie Johnston, Ferris State

D – Lee Moffie, Michigan

D – Aaron Gens, Alaska

G – Will Yanakeff, Michigan State

3rd team

F – Anders Lee, Notre Dame

F – Justin Florek, Northern Michigan

F – Dane Walters, Western Michigan

D – Garrett Haar, Western Michigan

D – Robbie Russo, Notre Dame

G – Cal Heeter, Ohio State

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