Forward Will McMahon of Oakland University has been selected American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I Player of the Year by the head coaches of ACHA men's Division 1.
The other finalists for the Men's Division 1 Player-of-the-Year Award were Mike DeGeorge, goalie, Illinois, Jason O'Bannon, forward, Kent State and Steve Rademacher, forward, Michigan-Dearborn.
McMahon, a senior from Sterling Heights, is the first player from Oakland to win the award and the second forward to win the award in the last three seasons. He was a First Team All-American and tied for the most goals in Division 1 with 47. McMahon averaged two points per game and was a Detroit Free Press finalist for the State of Michigan Best Athlete Award.
In its first season of Division 1 action, McMahon led Oakland to the national championship, a 5-1 win over Penn State. For his efforts, he was named the MVP of the tournament, leading all scorers with eight goals, four assists, 12 points, three power-play goals, two shorthanded goals and two game-winning goals. It was the second time McMahon had been named MVP of an ACHA national championship, also winning in 2004 for Oakland in Division 2.
McMahon leads OU in all major career statistics: 238 goals, 142 assists and 380 points and has scored a whopping 47 or more goals in each of the past four seasons. Previously, McMahon won each of the following awards for three consecutive years (2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006): ACHA Men's Division 2 Player-of-the-Year, ACHA Men's Division 2 First Team All-American, ACHA Men's Division 2 First-Team All-Tournament, ACHA Men's Division 2 Central Region Most Valuable Player and ACHA Men's Division 2 First Team All-Central Region.
He is a two-time ACHA Academic All-American with a 3.43 grade-point average.
McMahon signed a contract with the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League and made his professional debut on April 7 against Muskegon, garnering an assist.