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8 alums named ECAC All-Stars

ECAC Hockey announced their year-end all-stars this week and eight former BCHL players made the cut. Here is a quick recap of all the alums selected.

Andrew Shortridge (Junior, G) – Quinnipiac University – First-Team All-Star

Shortridge put together by far his best college season in his junior year, posting league-best numbers with a .944 save percentage and a 1.39 goals-against average. He ended the regular season with a 17-4-2 record and the best winning percentage in the ECAC. The 23-year-old from Eagle River, Alaska spent the 2015-16 season with the Vernon Vipers, playing in 45 games and finishing with a .915 save percentage.

Chase Priskie (Senior, D) – Quinnipiac University – First-Team All-Star

The 22-year-old Priskie has been an offensive force for the Bobcats throughout his four-year college career, and this year was no different, as he piled up 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 34 games, good enough for second on his team. The Washington Capitals 2016 sixth-round draft pick became known as a force on the defensive side this year as well, blocking 33 shots and leading a Quinnipiac penalty kill that operated at an 87 per cent rate. He was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team in 2015-16, a Third-Team All-Star the following year and a Second-Team All-Star last season. Priskie, from Pembroke Pines, Fla., played the 2014-15 season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks where he totaled 20 points in 57 games.

Yanni Kaldis (Junior, F) – Cornell University – Second-Team All-Star

Kaldis led the Big Red in assists in his junior season with 20 and finished with 24 points overall as he’s improved his point totals every year since his rookie season in 2016-17. Two of his four goals this year came with the man advantage. After three season with Cornell, the 23-year-old from Montreal, Que. has amassed 57 points in 100 games. He was also named a conference All-Rookie in 2016-17 and a Third-Team All-Star last year. Kaldis spent two seasons with the Nanaimo Clippers from 2014 to 2016, putting up 110 points (18 goals, 92 assists) in 112 regular-season games.

Odeen Tufto (Sophomore, F) – Quinnipiac University – Second-Team All-Star

The Chaska, Minn. product finished fourth overall in ECAC Hockey scoring with 42 points and third in assists with 27, leading his team in both categories as well. Tufto ended up with one more point than he had as a freshman last year where he put up 41 and was named to the All-Rookie team and a Third-Team All-Star. Seven of his 15 goals came on the power play (tied for fourth-most in the conference), while one came shorthanded and two were game-winners. The 22-year-old played the 2015-16 season with the Vernon Vipers where he led the team in scoring with 65 points in 57 games.

Matthew Galajda (Sophomore, G) – Cornell University – Third-Team All-Star

The 20-year-old finished his sophomore season with a 1.97 goals-against average (third-best in the conference), a .916 save percentage (seventh) and a 13-7-3 record. In his freshman season last year, Galajda was named conference Goaltender of the Year, Rookie of the Year as well as a First-Team All-Star. The Aurora, Ont. native played two seasons with the Victoria Grizzlies from 2015 to 2017 where he had a career-record of 43-32-2, a 2.52 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

Josh Teves (Senior, D) – Princeton University – Third-Team All-Star

Teves led all Tigers defencemen in scoring this season with 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) in 30 games. The 6-foot, 180-pound defenceman has been Princeton’s top-scoring blueliner in three of his four seasons and was one point back of the team lead in his freshman year. This is the second year in a row he’s been named an ECAC Hockey Third-Team All-Star. Upon completing his season in Princeton, Teves signed a one-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks. In his one season in Merritt in 2014-15, the Calgary, Alta. native had 33 points (five goals, 28 assists) in 57 regular-season games.

Cole MaierΒ (Senior, F) – Union College – Third-Team All-Star

In his senior season with the Dutchmen, Maier was a force at both ends of the ice, leading his team in scoring with 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 36 games, while maintaining a plus-13 and blocking 37 shots. The 23-year-old Pequannock, N.J. native played the 2014-15 season with the Nanaimo Clippers where he was the team’s second-leading scorer with 54 points (25 goals, 29 assists) in 58 games.

Cam Donaldson (Sophomore, F) – Cornell University – Third-Team All-Star

The 20-year-old sophomore finished third in scoring at Cornell with 24 points and his 12 goals were second-most on the team, four of which coming with the man advantage. Donaldson nearly doubled his point total of 13 from his rookie season. The McKinney, Tex. native played the 2016-17 season with the Powell River Kings and finished tied for eighth in league scoring with 69 points. He also tied for the seventh-most goals that season with 32.