March 21, 2003
Ten members of the Brown men's ice hockey team were among 69 players selected to the 2003 ECAC Division I Men's Ice Hockey All-Academic Team. This year marks the Fourth time the conference has named an all-academic team, and Brown placed the second-highest number of athletes on the team, behind Princeton's 11.
To be named to the all-academic team, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic year, have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale and have played in at least one-half of his team's contests during the current season (goaltenders must have played in at least 33 percent of the team's minutes).
Senior Keith Kirley (Leverett, MA), who has a double major in Business Economics and Public & Private Sector Organizations is making his third consecutive appearance on the ECAC All-Academic Squad. The forward enters Brown's semi-final game against #2 Cornell with 4-17-21 numbers, fourth on the team. Classmates Paul Esdale (Edmonton, ALB), Chris Legg (London, ONT), and Owen Walter (Prince Albert, SASK) join Kirley and are each making their second appearances on the All-Academic squad. The third-leading scorer on the team with 9-27-26 numbers, Esdale, a Business Economics major, earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors for the second straight year. Legg, who has 4-6-10 numbers, and Walter, who has one assist on the season, are also majoring in Business Economics.
Five juniors are each making their second consecutive appearances on the ECAC All-Academic team. Headlining this group is Yann Danis (Saint-Jerome, QUE), who earned Second Team All-Ivy and Second Team All-ECAC Recognition. A goalie, he enters the game against Cornell will a 2.31 GAA, ninth in the nation, and a .929 save percentage, third in the nation. A 2002 Second Team All-American, Danis, who has a double major in Business Economics and Public & Private Sector Organizations, owns several Brown records, including shutouts in a career (8) and in a season (5).
Joining Danis are Pascal Denis (Magog, QUE), who is majoring in Business Economics, Nick Ringstad (Fairbanks, AK), who has a double major in Business Economics and Public & Private Sector Organizations, Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE), who majoring in Business Economics, and Adam Saunders (Moose Jaw, SASK), who is also majoring in Business Economics. Denis, who has the highest GPA on the team, enters the weekend with 7-5-12 numbers, while Ringstad has three assists. Robinson, who was a Second Team All-Ivy selection, leads the team with 15 goals, 23 assists, 38 points, seven power-play goals, and three game-winning goals. Saunders, who has missed the last 13 games with an injury, has 11 points on six goals and five assists.
Rounding out Brown's Academic All-ECAC selections in sophomore Gerry Burke (Milton, MA). One of the Bears' top defensemen, Burke has eight points on two goals and six assists.
The Bears enter the ECAC Championship Tournament with a 16-12-5 record, after sweeping Princeton in the First Round and defeating Yale in three games in the Quarterfinals.