St. Cloud State defensemen and senior captain Ethan Prow and goaltender Charlie Lindgren both were honored Friday night at the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa Bay, Fl. They were two of the 24-man roster that were selected as the 2015-16 ACHA/CCM Men’s Hockey Division I All-American roster.
Lindgren started in 40 of 41 games for the Huskies this season, amassing a 30-9-1 record. He also received NCHC Goaltender of the Year honors after compiling a .925 save percentage as well as a 2.13 goals-against average. Lindgren is a finalist for the Mike Richter Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best goaltender.
After the season, Lindgren immediately got eyes of NHL teams who wanted him in their sweater. He ended up signing with the Montreal Canadiens, and immediately moved up to their first team as the backup goalie. He got his first start Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes and stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced en route to a 4-2 victory and his first career win.
Prow, often regarded as one of the best defensemen in the country, followed a similar path. After a remarkable year where he amassed 38 points in 37 games, which led all defensemen in the nation, Prow also earned himself first team honors. He finished with 30 assists, another category he led the nation in, and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. The Hobey Baker Award is given annually to the best player in the nation, as voted on by a committee and then fans.
Prow also found himself staring at a professional contract after the season ended. He signed an entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and immediately reported to their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Seven NCHC players were selected to this year’s teams. Players are selected by members of the AHCA, which includes all the head coaches of the 60 Division I programs. The teams are split into an East and a West, according to conference.
West First-Team All-Americans
Goalie – Charlie Lindgren, JR., St. Cloud State
Defense – Ethan Prow, SR., St. Cloud State
Defense – Zach Werenski, SO, University of Michigan
Forward – Brock Boeser, FR, University of North Dakota
Forward – Kyle Connor, FR, University of Michigan
Forward – Tyler Motte, JR, University of Michigan
West Second-Team All-Americans
Goalie – Cam Johnson, SO, University of North Dakota
Defense – Will Butcher, JR, University of Denver
Defense – Troy Stecher, JR, University of North Dakota
Forward – Drake Caggiula, SR, University of North Dakota
Forward – J.T. Compher, JR, University of Michigan
Forward – Alex Petan, SR, Michigan Technological University
East First Team All-Americans
Goalie – Alex Lyon, JR, Yale University
Defense – Matt Grzelcyk, SR, Boston University
Defense – Jake Walman, SO, Providence College
Forward – Sam Anas, JR, Quinnipiac University
Forward – Andrew Poturalski, SO, New Hampshire
Forward – Jimmy Vesey, SR, Harvard University
East Second Team All-Americans
Goalie – Thatcher Demko, JR, Boston College
Defense – Gavin Bayreuther, JR, St. Lawrence University
Defense – Rob O’Gara, SR, Yale University
Forward – Ryan Fitzgerald, JR, Boston College
Forward – Mark Jankowski, SR, Providence College
Forward – Danny O’Regan, SR, Boston University