June 20, 2012
Eleven Providence College men's hockey student-athletes were named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team on Wednesday, June 20. Seniors Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.), Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.), David Brown (Centennial, Colo.), Justin Gates (Cranston, R.I.) and Daniel New (White Plains, N.Y.), juniors Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.), Kyle Murphy (Fairhaven, N.J.), Chris Rooney (Canton, Mass.), Steven Shamanski (Carberry, Man.) and Alex Velischek (Kinnelon, N.J.) as well as red-shirt freshman Damian Cross (Nepean, Ont.) each earned Hockey East All-Academic Team honors.
In addition to the 100 student-athletes selected for the all-academic team, Hockey East honored a team of five players with the top GPAs by position. Balysky, an accounting major, was one of the forwards on that team and he also shared the Hockey East Top Scholar-Athlete Award.
To qualify for the all-academic team, a student-athlete must earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher in each of the two academic periods during which he was actively competing.
Balysky capped off his final season at Providence by attaining a 4.0 GPA is each semester. In addition, he earned distinguished scholar honors after being named to the Hockey East All-Academic team for four seasons. Balysky, who earned the team's Thomas Eccleston Jr. Unsung Hero and the John Ferguson Academic awards, played in all 38 games as a co-captain in 2011-12. He totaled career-highs in goals (7), assists (7) and points (14). He also scored two short-handed goals and had one game winner.
For Bergland and Brown, it marked the second consecutive season that they received the honor. Bergland, a management major, had the third highest GPA on the team as he finished with a 3.78 cumulative GPA. He played in all 38 games and led the Friars in assists (16) and finished second with 23 points. Brown's 3.82 GPA (3.91 mark in the fall semester) this past season was the second highest mark on the team. He played in 35 of the 38 games as he made the transition from defense to forward. Brown, a management major, scored a career-high three goals and added four assists for a career-best seven points.
Gates garnered a 3.67 GPA in accounting this past season and made the all-academic team for the third consecutive season. The senior goalie, who finished with a 3.75 GPA during the spring semester, recorded a 2.92 goals against average. He posted a win in his first start of the season as the Friars defeated Alabama-Huntsville (11/12). For New, it marked his first appearance on the all-academic team. The finance major attained a 3.44 overall GPA, including a 3.66 mark during the fall semester. As a co-captain, New played in 36 of the 38 games and totaled a career-high 14 points and 12 assists. He also received the Ron Wilson Best Defensive Player Award.
It marks the first appearance for Harvey, Murphy and Rooney in the all-academic team. Harvey recorded a 3.22 GPA in management this past season. Harvey played in all 38 games and led all PC defensemen in scoring with career highs of seven goals, 10 assists and 17 points. Murphy, a finance major, earned a 3.63 GPA. He sat out the 2011-12 season after transferring from Notre Dame. Following one year at UND (2009-10), Murphy spent the 2010-11 season with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL where he earned Vernon's team Unsung Hero and Academic Excellence awards. Rooney finished with a 3.19 GPA in management this past season. He battled injuries throughout the season and recorded two goals, eight assists for 10 points in 28 games.
Shamanski earned the honor for the second time, while Velischek was named to the all-academic team for the first time. Shamanski attained a 3.49 GPA as a sophomore defenseman. He played in all 38 games and recorded a career-high three goals and four points. Velischek, a political science major, earned a 3.34 GPA. He played in 32 games as a junior defenseman and recorded seven assists.
Cross is a first-time honoree as he earned a 3.10 GPA. He played in all 38 games and recorded 16 points on four goals and 12 assists.