GRAND FORKS, N.D. – North Dakota senior captain Dillon Simpson was named to the All-National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) First Team, while teammates Michael Parks and Jordan Schmaltz earned second-team honors today as the NCHC announced the league’s inaugural all-conference team.
Additionally, UND freshman defenseman Paul LaDue was named to the league’s all-rookie team.
Simpson, who was the top vote-getter among defensemen, scored 19 points in 24 NCHC games to tie for the league lead among defensemen. The Edmonton, Alberta, native also led all rearguards in goals (6), power-play goals (5) and game-winning goals (2) while anchoring UND’s power play and penalty killing units.
Schmaltz, Simpson’s defensive partner, was named to the second team after collecting four goals and 11 assists during conference play to tie for fourth in the defenseman scoring race. The Verona, Wis., native has a career-high 20 points (4 goals, 16 assists) in 33 games overall this season.
Parks scored a team-leading nine goals in 24 NCHC games and added 13 assists for 22 points. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Parks has 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points overall this season, new personal highs in all three categories.
LaDue had four goals and eight assists in 23 conference games and led all NCHC freshmen with a plus-12 plus/minus rating. In 33 games this season, the Grand Forks native has five goals and 11 assists and leads the team with a plus-14 rating.
NCHC All-Conference First Team
Josh Archibald, Jr., F, Nebraska Omaha
Nic Dowd, Sr., F, St. Cloud State
Austin Czarnik, Jr., F, Miami
Dillon Simpson, Sr., D, North Dakota
Joey LaLeggia, Jr., D, Denver
Sam Brittain, Sr., G, Denver
NCHC All-Conference Second Team
Chase Balisy, Sr., F, Western Michigan
Riley Barber, So., F, Miami
Michael Parks, Jr., F, North Dakota
Jacob Slavin, Fr., D, Colorado College
Jordan Schmaltz, So., D, North Dakota
Ryan Faragher, Jr., G, St. Cloud State
NCHC All-Conference Rookie Team
Jake Guentzel, F, Nebraska Omaha
Alex Iafallo, F, Minnesota Duluth
Trevor Moore, F, Denver
Jaccob Slavin, D, Colorado College
Paul LaDue, D, North Dakota
Charlie Lindgren, G, St. Cloud State