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UMD's Jack Connolly named All-American

Minnesota Duluth sophomore center Jack Connolly of Duluth was named a West Division second-team All-American on Thursday by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Connolly was named to the 2010 All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association first te...

Minnesota Duluth sophomore center Jack Connolly of Duluth was named a West Division second-team All-American on Thursday by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Connolly was named to the 2010 All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association first team last month.

Connolly, whose father, Mark, is a 1978 graduate of Superior Senior High School, led UMD in scoring with 49 points in 40 games. He's the first UMD sophomore All-American since goalie Chad Erickson in 1989-90.

It's also the first time in 16 years UMD has had back-to-back All-Americans as Connolly followed goalie Alex Stalock. Connolly is the 23rd Division I All-American in UMD history.

"It's certainly a well-deserved honor for Jack considering the start-to-finish season he had," UMD coach Scott Sandelin said in a release. "I don't know if there was a more consistent player in the country this season than Jack. He's such a tremendous competitor -- a guy who just hates to lose."

Six players from the WCHA dominated the 12-player West All-American teams. On the first team were Denver's junior goalie Marc Cheverie, sophomore defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and senior winger Rhett Rakhshani and Wisconsin's junior defenseman Brendan Smith and senior winger Blake Geoffrion. Bemidji State junior forward Matt Read was on the second team.

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