Fifteen Purple Eagles Earn Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Honors

July 10, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

Fifteen student-athletes from the Niagara University men’s hockey team were named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team as announced by the league on Wednesday.

For the second consecutive season, Jason Beattie was named Atlantic Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year for posting a 4.0 or better grade-point average. The senior co-captain was a three-time AHA All-Academic Team honoree who graduated in 2012 with his bachelor’s degree in accounting, and also completed his master’s in business administration.

“This is another great honor for Jason who truly exemplified what we want in our players and our program. He will be missed,” head coach Dave Burkholder said. “We are also very proud of all the players that made the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team. It is not easy balancing academics, Division I hockey and a social life, but these young men truly have done a great job.”

In its 10th year of existence, the AHA set a new standard in the classroom as 184 student-athletes earned a spot on the All-Academic Team. The figure eclipsed the mark of 179 that were honored after the 2011-12 season. This season, 103 student-athletes have been named multiple times to the All-Academic Team, with 17 players earning their fourth appearance. In addition, 38 are appearing for the third time, while 48 are being honored for the second time.

Joining Beattie on the All-Academic Team were NU seniors C.J. Chartrain (a sport management major), Jeff Hannan (finance) and Dan Weiss (sport management), juniors Ryan Rashid (accounting), Kevin Ryan (finance) and Matt Williams (finance), and sophomores Nick Gawron (computer science), and Mike Benedict (AEP). Freshmen Matt Chartrain (management), Matt Dineen (management), Rocky Gruttadauria (accounting), Dan Kolenda (biology), Chris Paulin (sport management) and Hugo Turcotte (marketing) were also honored.

To qualify for the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team, an individual must post a 3.0 grade point average or higher in all of the academic periods during which his team was actively competing.