Posted-April7th, 2012 12:09 am
MADISON, Wis. -- Junior defenseman Justin Schultz is a two-time All-American after the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) announced the teams on Friday, April 6.
The 2012 AHCA First-Team West All-America honor puts Schultz in elite company in Wisconsin hockey history. His selection makes him the fourth Badger named a two-time First-Team All-American, and the second defensemen. Schultz joins forward Mike Eaves (1977, ’78), forward Mark Johnson (1978, ’79) and defenseman Craig Norwich (1976, ’77) as two-time First-Team All-Americans. Forward Tony Granato (1985, ’87) was a two-time Second-Team All-American, while forward Dany Heatley earned first-team honors in 2001 and second-team accolades in 2000.
Also a two-time Hobey Baker Memorial Award top-10 finalist for national player of the year, the junior has put together one of the best careers for a defenseman in college hockey history. The West Kelowna, British Columbia native scored 16 goals, 28 assists and 44 points to pace the country’s rear guards this season. He also led the Badgers with 16 goals, 110 shots, a plus-11 rating (on a team that scored three more goals than its opponents), and one game-tying goal. He shared the team lead with seven power-play tallies and two game-winning scores. His 16 goals made him the first defenseman in program history to lead the team in goal scoring for a season.
A 2008 second round NHL draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks (43rd overall), he was on the ice for 69 of Wisconsin's 105 goals, 27 of UW's 33 power-play goals and 10 of the squad's 17 game-winning tallies during the 2011-12 season.
Schultz posted scoring streaks of 10 and seven games during the season. The 10-game streak was the longest for a Badger defenseman since the 1986-87 campaign.
Just the third skater in WCHA history to win two WCHA Defensive Player of the Year awards after league head coaches voted him this year’s winner in March, he also was twice named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week during the season.
Schultz leads all national blue-liners in scoring for the second consecutive season, boasting a 1.19 points per game scoring average. The next closest defenseman is averaging 1.03 points per game.
For his career, Schultz has 40 goals, 73 assists and 113 points, including 21 power-play goals and five game-winning scores. Schultz has also collected 28 multi-point games across three years with the Badgers.
The assistant captain became the first Badger defenseman since Brian Rafalski in the 1994-95 season to reach the 100-point career mark.
Schultz ranks third all-time among UW defenseman with 40 goals—one shy of Tim Thomas and two shy of Craig Norwich. At 113 points, Schultz is tied for eighth place among UW defenseman.
Schultz’s 40 career goals also rank ninth-best all-time among WCHA defenseman.
Wisconsin now boasts a First-Team All-American on defense in each of the last four seasons.
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