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B.J. O'Brien  2011 Player of the Year

The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that St.
Norbert senior goaltender B.J. O'Brien (Lakeville, Minn.) has been voted the 2011 Player of the Year by the league coaches. O'Brien's season has featured remarkable statistics and clutch saves in leading the Green Knights to the regular season championship and the top seed in the upcoming Peters Cup Playoffs.  
O'Brien, led the NCHA in conference goals- against average (1.60), save percentage (.931) and wins (14) during the regular season. His overall record was 17-2-1 with three shutouts in 1,173 minutes.

On the national level, O'Brien's numbers ranked among the best. His overall goals-against average of 1.59 was tops in the nation through games of Feb. 16; his .932 save percentage and .875 winning percentage ranked fifth and third, respectively. O'Brien also was an all-NCHA pick last season.

Forwards Brandon Longley and Johan Ryd and defensemen Mike Bernardy and Nick Tabisz also made the all-NCHA team for St. Norbert, which won the league's regular-season title and is the top seed for the playoffs.

It is the fourth time Tabisz has been selected to the all-league team. Bernardy also was picked last year, and Longley and Ryd are first-time selections.

Green Knights senior forward Scott Pulak, a native of Green Bay, is an honorable mention selection. Forward Joe Perry and defenseman Reid Campbell are on the all-rookie team.

The teams were selected by conference coaches.

All-NCHA team

Forwards: Talon Berlando, sr., UW-Superior; Justin Faryna, so., UW-Superior; Branden Gay, sr., UW-Stout; Brandon Longley, sr., St. Norbert; Johan Ryd, jr., St. Norbert; Jordan Singer, so., UW-Eau Claire.

Defensemen: Mike Bernardy, sr., St. Norbert; Jeff Forsythe, fr., UW-Superior; Nick Tabisz, sr., St. Norbert; Bryce Wilcox, so., UW-Eau Claire.

Goalies: Tom Lescovich, so., UW-Stout; B.J. O'Brien, sr., St. Norbert.

Player of the year: B.J. O'Brien, St. Norbert.

Coach of the year: Matt Loen, UW-Eau Claire.

Polar Bear Cookbook

Thank you to everyone who submitted recipes for the Polar Bear Hockey Cookbook. The cookbooks are now available. The cost for the cookbooks are $10.00 so make sure to grab one for yourself and maybe one or two as a gift. They can be purchased at the Pat O'Donnel Civic Center concession stand or by contacting Kerry Roehm or Micki Sorensen.




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