Two Huskies named NCHC award finalists

Senior defenseman Jack Ahcan was named a finalist for the NCHC Player of the Year award.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced its finalists for their individual awards on March 16. St. Cloud State has a finalist in two of the nine awards announced with the winners being named next week.

Senior defenseman Jack Ahcan was named a finalist for NCHC Player of the Year with junior goaltender David Hrenak up for the NCHC Goaltender of the Year.

Ahcan scored 17 points in 23 games during conference play good for fourth among NCHC defenders, blocked 41 shots, and was named NCHC Defenseman of the Week twice this season. The skilled blueliner was named to the All-NCHC Second Team earlier this year for the second straight season. The Savage, Minnesota native is currently an undrafted free agent.

Hrenak was fourth in the NCHC with a .915 save percentage and a 2.60 goals-against average and posted a 10-9-2 record, including two shutouts in 23 games, starting 22 of them. The shifty netminder was also named to the All-NCHC Second Team for the second straight season. The Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia native was the 144th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft to the Los Angeles Kings.

Ahcan’s competition for the Player of the Year award is Jordan Kawaguchi, a junior forward from North Dakota and Scott Perunovich, a junior from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Hrenak is up against Magnus Chrona, the freshman from Denver and Hunter Shepard, the senior out of the University of Minnesota Duluth as well.

The awards are voted on by the eight head coaches and a media member from each team.

SCSU Head Coach Brett Larson was proud of his players who both were a big part of the team’s second-half success,

“This is a well-deserved honor for both Jack (Ahcan) and David (Hrenak). They both played huge roles in the success of our team in NCHC play and positioned themselves as elite players in our league in 2019-20. Jack’s leadership on defense and playmaking abilities place him among the best in our program’s history, and David’s steady presence in net had a major impact on our team’s play during the second half of the NCHC season,” said Larson.

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