With only two upper classmen among the top six players, the College Hockey America coaches have recognized a youthful trend in selecting the 2009 All-CHA Team.
CHA regular season champion Bemidji State led all teams with five selections while Niagara finished right behind with four honorees. Three Robert Morris first-team selections rounded out the honorees.
A pair of sophomores, Robert Morris' Nathan Longpre and Bemidji State's Matt Read, are among the three first team foward selections and are joined by RMU senior Chris Margott.
Continuing the youth trend were Bemidji State freshman defenseman Brad Hunt and Robert Morris sophomore blueliner Denny Urban at defense.
Rounding out the first team at goalie is Niagara senior Juliano Pagliero, who makes his second straight appearance on the CHA first team.
Longpre and Margott were a one-two punch for the Colonials' offense that saw the duo finish atop the league scoring charts. Margott led the league in point scoring with 20 goals and 42 points.
Longpre was the CHA leader in assists with 28 on the year and finished second in points with 40.
Read's 30 points were good enough for him to finish tied for fourth in the league and lead Bemidji State in scoring.
Hunt was a force for BSU all season leading all CHA blueliners in scoring with 29 points (9g, 20a) with an average of .91 points-per-game that ranked him tied for fifth in the nation.
Urban finished right on Hunt's heels for the top scoring defenseman in the league with a 26-point (3g, 23a) season that saw him finish second in the league in assists among all skaters.
Pagliero followed up his great junior season with another fantastic year as a senior finishing atop the leagues stats in save percentage with a .923 mark that ranks tenth in the nation.
The veteran also posted a 2.39 goals against average between the pipes for the Purple Eagles.
Named to the second team were:
Forwards- Egor Mironov (NU), Vince Rocco (NU) and Tyler Scofield (BSU).
Defensemen- Cody Bostock (BSU) and Tyler Gotto (NU).
Goalie- Matt Dalton (BSU).
The all-CHA team is voted on by each head coach in the league as well as one assistant coach from each team.
Coaches are not allowed to vote on players from their respective teams.
The CHA Student Athlete of the Year, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year will be announced on Thursday at the CHA Awards banquet at the Hampton Inn in Bemidji.
The awards ceremony begins at 6:45 p.m. and is open to the public.
The CHA all-academic team was recently announced.
Bemidji State led the CHA with the most selections, 15 of the 50 players.
Named to the team from BSU were:
Seniors: Orlando Alamano, Cody Bostock, Matt Francis, Brandon Marino, Travis Winter.
Juniors: Kyle Hardwick, Tyler Lehrke, Chris McKelvie, Chris Peluso.
Sophomores. Ryan Adams, Emil Billberg, Ryan Cramer, Ian Lowe, Dan MacIntyre, Matt Read.
Alamano was all-academic for the fourth time in their collegiate careers.
Bostock, Marino and Winter earned their third consecutive all-academic selection.
To earn placement on the all-academic team, a player must have completed at least one year of residency at his present institution prior to the current academic year and have a grade point average of at least 3.0 at the current institution.