GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota defenseman Christian Wolanin, now with the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators, has been named to the 2017-18 All-USCHO Division I Third Team by U.S. College Hockey Online. Wolanin was previously named to the 2017-18 All-College Hockey News Second Team in March.
USCHO awards are voted on by the site’s conference columnists after the Frozen Four.
Wolanin enjoyed a standout junior season in 2017-18, becoming the first defenseman since James Patrick in 1982-83 to lead North Dakota in scoring after racking up a career-high 12 goals and a team-leading 35 points. His 12 goals rank second among NCAA defensemen and were one shy of the UND single-season record for defensemen. His eight power-play goals were also one shy of the school record for defensemen.
Wolanin was named to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s All-NCHC Second Team and was a finalist for the NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year award.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Wolanin finished his collegiate career with 22 goals and 72 points in 109 career games. His 0.66 career points-per-game average was the third-best this century by a UND defenseman, trailing only Travis Roche (0.88 from 1999-2001) and Chay Genoway (0.76 from 2006-11).
Wolanin made his Ottawa debut in March and finished the NHL season with one goal and two assists in 10 games.
All-USCHO First Team
F Adam Gaudette, Jr., Northeastern
F Henrik Borgström, So., Denver
F Ryan Donato, Jr., Harvard
D Jimmy Schuldt, Jr., St. Cloud State
D Scott Perunovich, Fr., Minnesota Duluth
G Cale Morris, So., Notre Dame
All-USCHO Second Team
F Dylan Sikura, Sr., Northeastern
F Troy Terry, Jr., Denver
F Cooper Marody, Jr., Michigan
D Philip Beaulieu, So., Northern Michigan
D Adam Fox, So., Harvard
G Matt Galajda Cornell
All-USCHO Third Team
F Max Véronneau, Jr., Princeton
F C.J. Suess, Sr., Minnesota State
F Ryan Kuffner, Jr., Princeton
D Jordan Gross, Sr., Notre Dame
D Christian Wolanin, Jr., UND
G Hunter Shepard, So., Minnesota Duluth