BCHL Alums earn Academic Honor

A number of BCHL alums in NCAA hockey have been recognized by the Hockey East Association (HEA) for their efforts on the ice and in the classroom.

Hockey East announced their 2016-17 All-Academic Team in a press release on June 28, honoring 149 student-athletes that achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in each of the two academic periods during the season.

The list features the following 25 former BCHL players:

**Two-time honoree
***Three-time honoree

Boston University

  • Connor Lacouvee (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)


  • Evan Richardson (Victoria Grizzlies/Powell River Kings)
  • Jesse Schwartz** (Victoria Grizzlies)
  • Jeff Wight*** (Merritt Centennials)


  • Marc Hetnik*** (Vernon Vipers)
  • Steven Iacobellis (Salmon Arm Silverbacks/Penticton Vees)
  • Kurt Keats (Powell River Kings)
  • Austin Plevy (Chilliwack Chiefs)


  • Sean Cleary** (Victoria Grizzlies)
  • Chris Forney** (Langley Rivermen)


  • Marc Biega (Coquitlam Express)
  • Jace Hennig*** (Coquitlam Express)
  • Mathieu Tibbet*** (Chilliwack Chiefs)

New Hampshire

  • Liam Blackburn (West Kelowna Warriors)
  • Dylan Chanter** (Vernon Vipers/Merritt Centennials)
  • Adam Clark*** (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)
  • Justin Fregona (Langley Rivermen)
  • Cameron Marks*** (Coquitlam Express)

Notre Dame

  • Tony Bretzman** (Langley Riverman)
  • Chad Katunar*** (Penticton Vees)


  • Vincent Desharnais (Chilliwack Chiefs)
  • Vimal Sukumaran (Chilliwack Chiefs)


  • Travis Blanleil (Penticton Vees/West Kelowna Warriors)
  • Malcolm McKinney (Coquitlam Express)
  • Mike Santaguida (Surrey Eagles)