University of North Dakota sophomore forward Brock Boeser and junior goaltender Cam Johnson were among the six players named today to the 2016-17 NCHC Preseason All-Conference Team by a vote of conference media.
Boeser, the reigning conference scoring champion, was the only unanimous selection to the team, while Johnson received 27 of a possible 30 votes. Denver sophomore forward Dylan Gambrell and senior defenseman Will Butcher, Omaha senior forward Austin Ortega, and Miami junior defenseman Louie Belpedio rounded out the team.
Boeser was named the NCHC Rookie of the Year last season after racking up a conference-leading 60 points in 42 games. That included 20 goals and 35 points in 24 NCHC games, both of which also led the conference. The Burnsville, Minn., native was named to the AHCA All-America West First Team, joining Ed Belfour (1986-87) and Kevin Maxwell (1978-79) as the only UND freshmen to earn All-America honors.
Johnson joined his teammate Boeser on the AHCA All-America Team, earning second-team accolades after going 24-4-2 with a 1.66 goals against average and school-record .935 save percentage in his first season as a starter. The Troy, Mich., native led the nation in winning percentage (.833) and amassed a school-record shutout streak of 298 minutes, 25 seconds, that was the second-longest in NCAA Division I men’s hockey history.
Boeser, Johnson and the Fighting Hawks, the defending NCAA champions, open the 2016-17 season on Saturday, Oct. 1, with an exhibition game against the University of Manitoba. UND will raise its eighth national championship banner in a pre-game ceremony.
2016-17 NCHC Preseason All-Conference Team
F: Brock Boeser, So., North Dakota – 30 votes (unanimous)
F: Dylan Gambrell, So., Denver – 28 votes
F: Austin Ortega, Sr., Omaha – 11 votes
D: Will Butcher, Sr., Denver – 27 votes
D: Louie Belpedio, Jr., Miami – 17 votes
G: Cam Johnson, Jr., North Dakota – 27 votes