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Friday, May 08, 2009

UMD's Macari named ACHA's top rookie

Compiled by MiCHO Staff

University of Michigan-Dearborn forward Mike Macari has been named the 2009 ACHA Men's Division 1 Rookie of the Year.

Macari, a freshman from Dearborn Heights, is the first player from the University of Michigan-Dearborn to win the award and was also a finalist for the Men's Division 1 Player of the Year award.

Macari's accomplishments this season were plentiful: 1st Team ACHA Men's Division 1 All-American; ACHA Men's Division 1 All-Rookie Team; ACHA Men's Division 1 All-Star Game participant; CSCHL Most Valuable Player; CSCHL Rookie of the Year; CSCHL 1st Team All-League; CSCHL All-Rookie Team; CSCHL All-Star Game participant; Michigan-Dearborn Most Valuable Player; Michigan-Dearborn Rookie of the Year; Michigan-Dearborn Best Offensive Player; and Michigan-Dearborn leading scorer.

Macari led all ACHA scorers this season with 109 points. He tallied 54 goals (second in the nation) and led the country with 21 power-play goals. He shattered the rookie scoring record at Michigan-Dearborn, held previously by ACHA Hall of Famer Jesse Hubenschmidt in 1992-1993 (48g-42a-90pts). Macari had eight hat tricks on the season, including a four-goal, three-assist performance against Penn State University at the ACHA Men's Division 1 Showcase in October. For the season, Macari averaged 2.66 points per game.

After playing in the North American Hockey League for the Marquette Rangers, Macari came to Michigan-Dearborn and led the Wolves to an 18-game turnaround from the previous year. Macari, paired up with top rookie finalist James Telfer and junior Anthony Rini, helped the Wolves finish 17th in the rankings only a year after the team won just five games. He and his linemates combined for 119 goals, 162 assists and 281 total points on the season.

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