MADISON, Wis. -– Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) and Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) can each add another honor to their already-impressive lists as both players were tabbed as All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association on Friday.
McCabe, who left the Badgers after the season ended to join the Buffalo Sabres, led the way with first-team All-America laurels. The 2014 first-team All-Big Ten rear guard and team assistant captain led Wisconsin defensemen with eight goals and 25 points in 36 games played during the 2013-14 campaign. His total was good for second among Big Ten defenseman in all games. He also tallied 11 points in conference action, tying for third among Big Ten rear guards.
Mersch made it two Badger All-Americans, checking in on the second-team. Another 2014 first-team All-Big Ten selection, Mersch also earned 2014 Big Ten All-Tournament Team honors and punctuated his season with a pair of Big Ten First Star of the Week accolades and a Big Ten Second Star of the Week honor.
He finished his senior season with a Big Ten-leading 22 goals in all games and 12 markers in conference action. He also finished with 35 points in 37 games played, which ranked third on the team. That followed a junior season that included team-highs with 23 goals and 36 points in 42 contests.
He leaves school as the leading goal-scorer at Wisconsin since Mike Eaves took over the program at the start of the 2002-03 season, finishing his Badger career with 67 goals in 157 games played. His 67 goals rank 23rd all-time at Wisconsin. Mersch also finished with 120 career points, good for 49th at Wisconsin all-time. An ironman on the ice, Mersch skated in all 157 games that Wisconsin played during his four-year career as a Badger.
Mersch and McCabe become the 38th and 39th players in program history to be named All-Americans. Mersch is the Badgers’ first All-American at forward since Blake Geoffrion (2010), while McCabe is the Badgers’ first All-America defenseman since Justin Schultz (2012). The duo gives UW a pair of All-Americans for the first time since 2011, when Schultz and Jake Gardiner each got nods on defense.
McCabe is the 18th All-American on defense to play at Wisconsin, while Mersch is the program’s 13th All-American at forward.
The CCM Hockey All-American Teams were chosen by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association.