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Simpson earned his third straight academic all-conference honor.
Simpson, nine teammates earn NCHC academic honors
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Updated: Thursday 03/11/2014 16:05:50 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota senior captain Dillon Simpson received dual recognition from the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) today, earning both NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team and academic all-conference honors.

The NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team consists of one student-athlete from each of the conference’s eight member institutions. Recipients must possess a minimum 3.25 grade point average and have competed in at least 25 percent of their team’s games in their career, while also demonstrating athletic achievement and a commitment to community service.

The inaugural NCHC Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be chosen from the Scholar-Athlete Team recipients, with the winner being announced at the NCHC Awards Celebration in Minneapolis on March 20.

Simpson, a managerial finance and corporate accounting major from Edmonton, Alberta, was also one of 10 UND student-athletes to earn academic all-conference honors. He joined teammates Connor Gaarder (Jr., Edina, Minn.), Zane Gothberg (So., Thief River Falls, Minn.), Rocco Grimaldi (So., Rossmoor, Calif.), Matt Hrynkiw (Fr., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Mark MacMillan (Jr., Penticton, British Columbia), Mitch MacMillan (Sr., Penticton, British Columbia), Nick Mattson (Jr., Chanhassen, Minn.), Derek Rodwell (Sr., Taber, Alberta), and Coltyn Sanderson (So., Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan).

To earn academic all-conference honors, recipients must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Simpson and Rodwell became three-time academic all-conference honorees after previously being named to the All-WCHA Academic Team in 2012-13 and 2011-12. Gaarder, Mattson and both MacMillans earned their second academic all-conference nods, while Gothberg, Grimaldi, Hrynkiw and Sanderson were all first-time recipients.

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