2010-11 MIAC Men's Hockey Awards

Hamline's Chris Berenguer
Hamline's Chris Berenguer
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced the 2010-11 MIAC Men's Hockey Awards today, March 9, 2010. Hamline University senior defenseman Chris Berenguer was named the MIAC Player-of-the-Year for the 2010-11 season. Berenguer led all MIAC defensemen with 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) while anchoring the Pipers (16-6-5, 9-3-4 MIAC) along the blue line as they captured both the conference's regular-season and Playoff championships. 

Berenguer - who has 114 career points - also headlined the MIAC's 20-member All-Conference team. His five game-winning goals tied for the most in the MIAC this season, and he ranked in the top seven in the conference in points, goals, assists, power-play points and power-play goals. Berenguer's All-Conference selection is his third in a row to go along with an All-Conference Honorable Mention honor and All-Rookie Team pick as a freshman. Last season, Berenguer became Hamline's first two-time All-America First Team selection, and he could certainly cap his stellar career with more national honors following the conclusion of his senior season.

Concordia head coach Chris Howe was chosen as the 2010-11 MIAC Coach-of-the-Year. Howe's Cobbers continued their remarkable progress this year as they finished for in a tie for third place in the regular season conference standings, and they advanced all the way to the championship game of the 2010-11 MIAC Men's Hockey Playoffs. Howe led Concordia to a 12-11-4 overall record this season with a conference mark of 7-5-4. The Cobbers won just one game the season before Howe took over, and in just three short seasons with Howe on the bench, Concordia has made considerable strides to join the ranks of the MIAC's elite.

Berenguer was one of three MIAC players to earn their third-straight All-Conference honor in 2010-11. Cobber junior Erick Galt and Gustavus junior Ross Ring-Jarvi are also three-time All-MIAC selections, and both will return next year to try to make it four in a row. Hamline's Brian Arrigoni and Beau Christian, Bethel's Jack Paul and Jon Crouse, St. Thomas' Andrew Kappers, Augsburg's Joel Sauer and Gustavus' Mitch Carlson all earned their second-straight All-MIAC honor. Nick Krauss from St. Olaf - who was an All-Conference pick in 2008-09 - also earned the second All-MIAC award of his career.

The first-place Pipers piled up honors as six Hamline players were named to the MIAC All-Conference team. Howe's Concordia squad was next with four players selected. St. Thomas, Gustavus, St. Olaf and Bethel each had two players honored to round out the 20-member team. In addition, the MIAC recognized a six-member MIAC Men's Hockey All-Rookie Team, and 16 players received MIAC Men's Hockey All-Conference Honorable Mention.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the fifth annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for men's hockey. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

2010-11 MIAC Men's Hockey Awards

Player-of-the-Year - Chris Berenguer, Hamline (Sr., Defense, Eden Prairie, Minn.)
Coach-of-the-Year - Chris Howe, Concordia (3rd season)

2010-11 MIAC Men's Hockey All-Conference Team

Name Team Year Position Hometown/High School
Brian Arrigoni Hamline Jr. Forward St. Paul, Minn./Hill-Murray
Chris Berenguer Hamline Sr.  Defense Eden Prairie, Minn. 
Mitch Carlson Gustavus Sr. Defense St. Louis Park, Minn.
Beau Christian Hamline Jr. Goaltender Moorhead, Minn. 
Jon Crouse Bethel So. Defense Alexandria, Minn. 
Pat Deitz Concordia So. Forward Moorhead, Minn.
Erick Galt Concordia Jr. Defense Fargo, N.D.
Derek Grogan St. Olaf Jr. Defense Eagan, Minn.
Nick Guran Augsburg Sr. Forward McHenry, Ill./East
Riley Horgan St. Thomas So. Forward Minnetrista, Minn./Mound Westonka
Andrew Kappers St. Thomas Sr. Forward Lakeville, Minn./North
Nick Krauss St. Olaf Sr. Goaltender Naperville, Ill.
Ryan Kupperman Hamline Sr. Forward Canterbury, N.H.
Alex Lundbohm Hamline Sr. Forward Roseau, Minn.
Jack Paul Bethel So. Forward Minnetonka, Minn. 
Ross Ring-Jarvi Gustavus Jr. Forward Anoka, Minn.
Joel Sauer Augsburg Sr. Forward Verona, Wis./Madison Memorial
Caleb Suderman Concordia Fr. Defense Winkler, Man.
Nick Thielen Concordia Jr. Forward Moorhead, Minn.
Jordan Van Gilder Hamline Jr. Forward Lino Lakes, Minn. 

2010-11 MIAC Men's Hockey All-Rookie Team

Name Team Year Position Hometown/High School
Kelly Andrew Concordia Fr. Goaltender Calgary, Atla.
Austin Balko Saint Mary's Fr. Forward Midland, Mich.
Gustav Bengtson Gustavus Fr. Forward Stockholm, Sweden
Trent Johnson Saint John's Fr. Defense Duluth, Minn.
Caleb Suderman Concordia Fr. Defense Winkler, Man.
Tommy Westmark St. Thomas Fr. Forward Appleton, Wis.

2010-11 MIAC Men's Hockey All-Conference Honorable Mention

Name Team Year Position Hometown/High School
Kelly Andrew Concordia Fr. Goaltender Calgary, Alta.
Austin Balko Saint Mary's Fr. Forward Midland, Mich.
Grant Ellena Saint John's Sr. Forward Coon Rapids, Minn.
Jay Fifield Hamline Sr. Defense Eden Prairie, Minn.
Joe Harren Saint John's So. Forward Warroad, Minn.
David Hines Augsburg Jr. Defense Sartell, Minn./St. Cloud Tech 
Jim Jensen Augsburg Sr. Forward Plymouth, Minn./Osseo
Phil Johnson St. Thomas Sr. Defense Duluth, Minn.
Kelly Kranz St. Thomas Sr. Defense Bloomington, Minn./Saint Mary's
Justin Lochner Augsburg So. Goaltender Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice
Charlie Raskob St. Olaf Jr. Forward Hastings, Minn./Holy Angels
Geoff Sadjadi St. Thomas Fr. Goaltender Faribault, Minn.
Isak Tranvik St. Olaf Sr. Forward Robbinsdale, Minn./Quinnipac
Mike Wallgren Saint John's Sr. Forward Oakdale, Minn.
Kevin Wentland Saint Mary's So. Forward Columbia Heights, Minn.
Aaron Wheeler Concordia So. Forward Moorhead, Minn.

2010-11 Men's Hockey All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team
Augsburg - Nick Guran (Sr., McHenry, Ill./East)
Bethel - Zac Bush (So., Tyler, Texas/Robert E. Lee)
Concordia - Mark McNaughton (Jr., Dunster, B.C.)
Gustavus - Brad Wieck (Sr., Shoreview, Minn.)
Hamline - Brett Burgau (Sr., New Ulm, Minn.)
Saint John's - Conor Rooney (Jr., Stillwater, Minn./St. Thomas Academy)
Saint Mary's - Nate Peterson (Jr., Cadillac, Mich.)
St. Olaf - Erik Morrow (Sr., Afton, Minn.)
St. Thomas - Rob Phillipp (Jr., Thief River Falls, Minn.)