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Danny Kristo is UND's first WCHA Rookie of the Year since Brady Murray in '03-04.
Kristo named WCHA Rookie of the Year, Eidsness, Genoway All-WCHA
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Updated: Thursday 03/18/2010 15:07:15 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - North Dakota freshman forward Danny Kristo was named the 2009-10 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Rookie of the Year this afternoon at the league's annual awards banquet.

UND sophomore goalie Brad Eidsness was named to the All-WCHA second team and senior defenseman Chay Genoway was named to the All-WCHA third team.

Kristo, who was also named to the All-WCHA Rookie team, has 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points in 37 games. He leads all WCHA freshmen in points, points per game (0.89), goals, power-play goals (eight) and power-play points, and his eight power-play goals lead all NCAA Division I freshmen.

Earlier this season, Kristo led the United States to a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Kristo, a native of Eden Prairie, Minn., becomes the eighth Sioux to be named the league's top rookie and the first since forward Brady Murray in 2003-04.

Eidsness, who hails from Chestermere, Alberta, landed his second all-conference team honor in as many seasons. In 37 games, Eidsness is 21-9-4 with a 2.09 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. He leads all WCHA goalies in minutes played (2149:07) and ranks second in wins and goals against average, third in save percentage and fourth in winning percentage.

An All-WCHA third team pick as a freshman last year, Eidsness is the fourth Sioux goalie to earn multiple All-WCHA honors, joining three-time selections Karl Goehring (1997-98, 1998-98, 1999-00) and Jon Casey (1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84) and two-time pick Joe Lech (1962-63, 1964-65).

Earlier this month, Eidsness joined former All-American Karl Goehring (1997-01) as the only Sioux goalies to win 20 games in each of their first two seasons.

Genoway, a native of Morden, Manitoba, becomes the first defenseman in the history of Fighting Sioux hockey to be a three-time All-WCHA selection. He earned first-team honors as a junior and second-team honors as a sophomore. The Sioux captain has missed UND's last 30 games due to injury, but was leading all WCHA defensemen with 10 points in nine games at the time of his injury.

With 90 career points, Genoway is active scoring leader among WCHA defensemen and was the 2008-09 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year.

Denver junior goalie Marc Cheverie was named the WCHA Player of the Year, and his coach, George Gwozdecky took coach of the year honors. Wisconsin junior defenseman Brendan Smith received defensive player of the year honors and Michigan Tech senior defenseman Eli Vlaisavljevich was the league's outstanding student-athlete of the year.

Click on the PDF of the official WCHA press release to view the complete list of 2009-10 WCHA Award Winners.

The Fighting Sioux face Minnesota Duluth tonight in the quarterfinal game of the 2010 Red Baron WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m.


~GO SIOUX~

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