Ten players from the Finlandia University men's hockey program received season-end honors from the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA) back on March 8.
Forwards Josh Paquette and Joe Lewis and defenseman Steve Piccoli were all named to the MCHA All-Conference Team. In addition, eight Finlandia student-athletes were named to the 2005-2006 MCHA All-Academic Team.
Paquette led the Lions offense in all 26 games this season. He scored 15 goals and was credited with 22 assists (13-19-32 MCHA), leading the Lions in points and tying for third in MCHA conference statistics.
"Josh has had a tremendous two years with us," says fifth-year head men's hockey coach Joe Burcar. "Josh is a great person on the ice, in the locker room, and in the classroom. He's an outstanding role model for the entire team."
Lewis, a sophomore, earned 13 goals and 16 assists in his 25 games of play (11-15-26 MCHA) this season. Lewis ended the season ranked 12th in MCHA conference statistics.
"Joe is a very gifted offensive player," states Burcar. "He also finished first in league scoring last year. Making the all-conference team this year is an honor for both Joe and his teammates."
Sophomore defenseman Piccoli gave the Lions 17 points in his 25 games of play (3-10-13 MCHA) this season.
"Steve is another great athlete. He's really come into his own this year," Burcar says. "Steve has tremendous talent. He moved from forward to defensive last year and made great strides as a defenseman this year."
Finally, eight Finlandia men's hockey team players were included on the 2005-2006 MCHA All-Academic Team. To be named to the all-academic team, student-athletes must have completed a minimum of three semesters and maintained a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
The following Finlandia students were honored:
Lukas Alberer, Poertschach, Austria - Sports Management
Travis Hanson, Bark River, MI - Marketing
Joe Junttila, Calumet, MI - Graphic Design
Jamie Leffler, Vancouver, BC, Canada - Criminal Justice
Joe Lewis, Marquette, MI - PTA and Business
Josh Paquette, Marquette, MI - Criminal Justice
Mike Parks, Marquette, MI - Nursing
Phil Schwartz, Minocqua, WI - Criminal Justice
"That eight student-athletes made the all-academic MCHA hockey team says a lot about the character of our team, and the quality of the student-athletes and our school," says Burcar. "All university faculty and staff deserve credit for the academic accomplishments of these students."
Overall, the Lions finished the season with a 10-13-3 overall record (9-8-3 MCHA).