UMass Boasts 11 Members Of Hockey East All-Academic Team
June 27, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Headlined by defenseman Oleg Yevenko's Top Scholar-Athlete honor and three Academic All-Star Team members, 11 student-athletes from the UMass hockey program have been named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team, the League office announced on Friday. The honorees achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better in each of the two academic periods during which they were actively competing.
Yevenko was one of two individuals recognized as Hockey East's Top Scholar-Athlete with a perfect 4.0 GPA for the season, sharing the accolade with freshman forward Hampus Gustaffson of Merrimack College. The rising senior was also one of three Minutemen on the Hockey East Academic All-Star team for top grade point average by position, along with second-time Academic All-Star forward Evan Stack and goaltender Alex Wakaluk. Stack and Wakaluk boasted GPAs of 3.97 and 3.92, respectively.
Additionally, three more graduating seniors earned their second All-Academic Team recognitions of their careers: Branden Gracel, Joel Hanley and Colin Shea, as well as Stack, who will enter his junior season this fall.
Rounding out the list of UMass' 11 honorees were 2013-14 newcomers Brennan Baxandall, Ben Gallacher, Frank Vatrano and Wakaluk.
The 11 All-Academic Team selections were the most for the program since 2009-10 when a record-tying 13 Minutemen were recognized.
UMass' Hockey East All-Academic Team Selections (11)
Academic All-Star Team
*** - Indicates three-time honoree ** - Indicates two-time honoree