The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) has named the top three 2010-11 season finalists for the six major individual awards as announced this Thursday (March 10) afternoon with two Ferris State University men's ice hockey seniors Zach Redmond (Traverse City) and Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) in contention for top league honors.
Redmond and Nagle, a pair of 2010-11 All-CCHA First-Team selections and Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidates, are among 15 individuals to be recognized as a CCHA Award finalist. Redmond is up for the Best Offensive Defenseman Award while Nagle is one of three finalists for the RBC Player of the Year.
The 2011 CCHA Awards event will be held next Thursday, March 17, and represents the start of CCHA Championship Weekend. The awards banquet, an Academy Awards-style event with music videos and video highlights, will take place at the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit, Mich., across from Comerica Park. The banquet begins with a social hour presented by the RBC Financial Group at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) followed by the awards program at 7:30 p.m. (EDT). Banquet tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased by calling the CCHA office at (248) 888-0600 or at the door the day of the event.
Zach Redmond has produced a team-leading 20 points on a career season-high seven goals with a squad-best 13 assists in 26 contests. A 2010-11 Inside College Hockey.com Preseason All-America Third-Team selection, Redmond's 20 points ranks tied for 42nd-place among the CCHA's overall points leaders and tied for fifth for the league's top scoring defensemen with a 0.77 points per game average. The 2010-11 Bulldog team captain is averaging a sixth-place tying 0.78 points an outing for CCHA contests only in defenseman scoring. He was chosen as the CCHA Defenseman of the Week this season (Jan. 10) and has tallied three game-winning goals to go with a squad-best five multiple-point game performances this winter.
Pat Nagle has notched a 17-12-5 record to go with a 1.97 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage as a 34-game starter this season. The FSU netminder, who was chosen as the CCHA Goaltender of the Week earlier this campaign (Nov. 8), presently ranks third among the nation's statistical leaders in goals-against average while being listed 10th in save percentage and 30th in winning percentage (.574). Nagle, who along with Redmond was named to Inside College Hockey.com's 2010-11 First-Half All-CCHA Team, has totaled 30 or more saves in a game on eight occasions this season to date. His 17 victories this season ties for the second most in the program's history.
Ferris State currently has compiled a 17-14-5 overall record and placed fifth in the CCHA regular-season standings with a 12-12-4-3 mark. The Bulldogs, who are presently listed among other teams receiving votes in this week's (March 7) U.S. College Hockey Online.com poll, visit nationally 15th-ranked Western Michigan Broncos this weekend (March 11-13) in a best-of-three CCHA Tournament Quarterfinal-Round series at Kalamazoo, Mich.
Ferris State two finalists for the 2010-11 CCHA's top individual awards are:
RBC PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Pat Nagle, Ferris State
Carl Hagelin, Michigan
Andy Miele, Miami
BEST OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN FINALISTS
Zach Redmond, Ferris State
Torey Krug, Michigan State
Jon Merrill, Michigan