April 9, 2010
DETROIT - Senior forward Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) and junior defenseman Brendan Smith (Mimico, Ontario) have been named to the American Hockey Coaches Association/Reebok All-American First Team, the AHCA announced Friday evening during the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit.
Geoffrion, who was also named the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner and the Inside College Hockey Player of the Year, leads the nation with 15 power-play goals and is tied for second in the country with 28 goals. Geoffrion's 50 points rank him fourth on the team.
Wisconsin's top penalty-killing forward, Geoffrion is also relentless in the faceoff circle. He has won 58.2 percent of his faceoffs (570-409) while also boasting a 23.0 percent shooting percentage.
Geoffrion led the WCHA with 19 goals in league games this season. His 34 points in league games were one point off the WCHA scoring lead, even though Geoffrion missed three games. His 1.36 points per game average was the best in the conference.
Geoffrion was named the NCAA West Regional Most Valuable Player and a member of both the All-WCHA First Team and WCHA Final Five All-Tournament Team. Geoffrion earned Inside College Hockey Online National Player of the Week and WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors this season as well.
Meanwhile, Smith is the nation's top scoring defenseman with 15 goals and 37 assists for 52 points, tied for second among the Badgers. He leads the nation's next top defenseman by 14 points and next closest WCHA blue liner by 24 points. Smith tallied a career-high five assists in Wisconsin's 8-1 win over RIT in the Frozen Four semifinal, which tied a Frozen Four record.
Smith was named Inside College Hockey's Defenseman of the Year and the WCHA's Defensive Player of the Year along with being one of the top ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He joined Geoffrion on the NCAA All-West Regional Team and the All-WCHA First Team as well.
The duo was also named to Inside College Hockey's All-American First Team.
UW's last All-American was Jamie McBain, who earned first team honors last season. Geoffrion and Smith become the 34th and 35th All-Americans in UW men's hockey history.
Geoffrion and Smith look to lead Wisconsin (28-10-4) to its seventh national championship when the Badgers take on Boston College (28-10-3) in the NCAA title game on Saturday night. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. CT, and the game will air live on ESPN.
West First Team
Goalie Marc Cheverie, JR, Denver
Defenseman Brendan Smith, JR, Wisconsin
Defenseman Patrick Wiercioch, SO, Denver
Forward Blake Geoffrion, SR, Wisconsin
Forward Mark Olver, JR, Northern Michigan
Forward Rhett Rakhshani, SR, Denver
East First Team
Goalie Ben Scrivens, SR, Cornell
Defenseman Colby Cohen, JR, Boston University
Defenseman Brendon Nash, SR, Cornell
Forward Bobby Butler, SR, New Hampshire
Forward Gustav Nyquist, SO, Maine
Forward Chase Polacek, JR, Rensselaer
West Second Team
Goalie Cody Reichard, SO, Miami
Defenseman Erik Gustafsson, JR, Northern Michigan
Defenseman Jeff Petry, JR, Michigan State
Forward Jack Connolly, SO, Minnesota-Duluth
Forward Zac Dalpe, SO, Ohio State
Forward Matt Read, JR, Bemidji State
East Second Team
Goalie Brian Foster, SR, New Hampshire
Defenseman Justin Braun, SR, Massachusetts
Defenseman Blake Kessel, SO, New Hampshire
Forward Sean Backman, SR, Yale
Forward Nick Johnson, SR, Sacred Heart
Forward Broc Little, JR, Yale