Eli Forward Picked by CHN
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Sean Backman, a senior member of the Yale men's hockey team, has been named to the College Hockey News (CHN) 2008-09 Pre-Season All-America squad.
Backman, named to the second team, is one of three ECAC Hockey selections on the CHN team. He was second-team All-ECAC last year after leading his team with 20 goals. Backman, a forward, tallied the team's lone hat trick in a 5-0 win over Cornell that gave the Blue the ECAC Hockey Tournament Title and its leading scorer the tournament MVP.
Backman's 56 goals are ninth on the Yale career list.
The Bulldogs, who won both ECAC Hockey Championships and the Ivy title, while earning its third trip to the NCAA Tournament last winter, have been picked to repeat the conference success by both the coaches' and media polls.
Here is the full CHN squad and its comments on each player.
F David McIntyre, Sr., Colgate
The most under-the-radar dominating force in college hockey, simply because he plays in tiny Hamilton, N.Y., for a team that hasn't done much the last couple of years. But with 21 goals and 43 points last season, he was every bit the imposing force that Ryan Stoa was for Minnesota.
F Louis Caporusso, Jr., Michigan
Jumped to 24 goals last season, among the highest in the nation, and second only to Jacques Lamoureux among returning players. The only question is whether he can handle being the focal point of the offense now.
F Jordan Schroeder, So., Minnesota
With 13 goals and 45 points last season, Schroeder was the CHN Rookie of the Year, and unlike many freshmen, he ended as strong as he began.
Showed impressive poise as a strong faceofff man right off the bat. He inexplicably slid in the NHL Draft in June.
D Ian Cole, Jr., Notre Dame
With his dominating presence on the blue line, and wicked shot, Cole was one of just two players on our All-CHN team last year that wasn't a Hobey finalist. And after turning down the St. Louis Blues in the offseason, for those paying attention to all-around game, there's no reason why Cole, 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, shouldn't be one this year.
D Chay Genoway, Sr., North Dakota
His defense has been consistently strong, and he's continued to become more involved in the offense, with 32 points last season. He was WCHA Defensive Player of the Year last season.
G Zane Kalemba, Sr., Princeton
Princeton made the NCAAs for the second straight season, this time as an at large, riding Kalemba's 1.82 goals against average.
Unfortunately, he picked the wrong time for a blip, as his miscue helped cost Princeton an NCAA win against Minnesota-Duluth, in an agonizing final minute meltdown. This is the season for redemption, and there's no reason why Princeton can't get back there.
F Jacques Lamoureux, Jr., Air Force
Led the nation with 33 goals, and was named a Hobey Baker Award finalist, as Air Force upset Michigan in the first round of the NCAAs.
F Carter Camper, Jr., Miami
Small but incredibly gifted, and would not be surprising to see him on the First Team of this list at year's end. Jumped from 15 to 20 goals as a sophomore, including 12 PPG.
F Sean Backman, Sr., Yale
With all the top scorers returning, Backman is poised for an even bigger year than last year, one in which he helped lead Yale to an ECAC championship and the NCAA tournament. He had a hat trick in last year's ECAC championship, and was named tournament MVP. The former ECAC Rookie of the Year has had seasons of 18, 20 and 20 goals.
D Kevin Shattenkirk, Jr., Boston University A key cog that allowed Hobey winner Matt Gilroy to do his thing from the backline. A second team All-American last year, and First Team All-Hockey East.
D Patrick Wiercioch, So., Denver
The Pioneers have a lot of talent and balance up front, but going far may rest with how much farther Wiercioch can go. Like Matt Carle did for Denver before, Wiercioch has an all-around game that will put him in the mix of everything. Scored 12 goals as a freshman, while still growing into his 6-foot-4 frame.
G Kieran Millan, So., Boston University
Only problem for Millan is that Boston College's John Muse was in a similar position last year, and had a rough sophomore season. Not that past performance indicates future results, necessarily, especially those of others. But following up a national championship is never an easy task.