Niagara Gazette — The Niagara University men’s hockey team not only enjoyed success on the ice last season, including a trip to the NCAA tournament, but also fared well in the classroom.
Fifteen student-athletes from the Purple Eagles squad were named to the Atlantic Hockey Association’s All-Academic Team this week. Student-athletes must post a 3.0 grade-point average or better while his team was active in order to qualify for the All-Academic Team.
Named to the All-Academic Team were seniors Jason Beattie, C.J. Chartrain, Jeff Hannan and Dan Weiss, juniors Ryan Rashid, Kevin Ryan and Matt Williams, sophomores Nick Gawron and Mike Benedict, and freshmen Matt Chartrain, Matt Dineen, Rocky Gruttadauria, Dan Kolenda, Chris Paulin and Hugo Turcotte.
Beattie, who left Niagara to sign an entry-level pro contract with the Rochester Americans, was also named Atlantic Hockey’s Student-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year. He received the honor by carrying a grade-point average of 4.0 or better. He graduated in 2012 with a bachelors degree in accounting and completed his masters degree in business administration.
“This is another great honor for Jason who truly exemplified what we want in our players and our program. He will be missed,” head coach Dave Burkholder said in a written statement released by Niagara’s athletics department. “We are also very proud of all the players that made the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team. It is not easy balancing academics, Division I hockey and a social life, but these young men truly have done a great job.”
Chartrain, Hannan, Weiss, Williams and Gawron appear on the All-Academic Team for their second time. It’s the third appearance on the AHA’s All-Academic Team for Rashid and Ryan.