League Record 133 Student-Athletes Make this Year's Team
UCONN vs BU Hockey East Quarterfinal Gm 2 (photo by Stephen Slade)
UCONN vs BU Hockey East Quarterfinal Gm 1 (photo by Stephen Slade)
UCONN vs Boston University (photo by Stephen Slade)
UCONN vs Colgate (photo by Stephen Slade)
UCONN vs BU (photo by Stephen Slade)
2017-18 (Senior Season): Played in 35 games… Finished the season with career-best numbers in points (19), goals (4) and assists (15) and blocked shots (60)… Led the team with an average of 1.71 blocked shots per game, tied for seventh in Hockey East Rankings… Generated a career-best 76 shots on goal, first among team defensemen and third on the team… Had two game winning goals… Led UConn defensemen and was fifth on the team in scoring with 19 points… Tied for the lead with 11 power play points on three goals and eight assists… Picked up a goal and an assist as UConn skated to a 2-2 tie at Boston University (Oct. 20)… Had a pair of assists, a goal and two blocked shots in the 4-1 victory against Northeastern (Nov. 28)… Hockey East All-Star Honorable Mention.
2016-17 (Junior Season): Played in 35 games...Finished the season posting career-best numbers in points (10), assists (8) and blocked shots (56)...He matched his career-high with two goals...Among UConn defensemen, he was third on the team in scoring with 10 points...Led the team and was tied for 15th in Hockey East in blocked shots, averaging 1.60 per game...Generated 44 shots on goal, a career-best and third among team defensemen...Scored the game winner in a 3-1 win at home over No. 11 Vermont (Jan. 27)...Matched his career-high with two points on two assists in a 4-0 upset win at No. 5 Boston University (Nov. 19),the third multi-point game of his career...Scored a goal in a 7-4 loss at No. 14 Ohio State (Nov. 11)...Had a pair of assists and blocked three shots in two-game playoff series at Northeastern (Mar. 3-4)... Named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team for the third-straight season.2015-16 (Sophomore Season): Appeared in 31 games as a sophomore…Had seven points on the season on seven assists…Was second on the team in scoring among defensemen…Three assists came on the power play…Finished second on the club with 50 blocked shots, an average of 1.61 per game…Ranked 20th (t) in Hockey East in total blocked shots and was 10th in blocks per game…Matched his career high in assists (2) and points (2) in a 5-2 win at home over No. 7 Boston University (Oct. 27)... Named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.
2014-15 (Freshman Season): Appeared in 26 games during his freshman campaign...Finished the season with a pair of goals and six assists for eight points...Was the second in scoring among UConn defensemen...Had four assists on the power play...Scored his first collegiate goal in the season-opening 2-2 tie at Penn State (Oct. 10)...Scored the game’s first goal as the Huskies upset No. 11 ranked Vermont at home (Nov. 21)...Had his first career multi-point game assisting on a pair of goals at No. 19 Boston College (Jan. 24)...Finished with 31 blocked shots, averaging 1.19 per game... Joined classmate and fellow defensemen Derek Pratt as the only Huskies with an even plus/minus ranking…Named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.
Before UConn: Played alongside classmate Spencer Naas for Benilde St. Margaret High School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota...A team captain in 2013-14, had five goals and 15 assists in 23 games and help lead his team to the Section 6AA Championship game...Nominated for the 2013-14 Reed Larson Award presented by Let’s Play Hockey to the top senior boys’ high school hockey defenseman in Minnesota...During the 2012-13 season, he appeared in 25 games scoring four goals with 22 assists for 26 points....Twice named the team’s top defensemen...Played the last two seasons for Team Northwest in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League...Prior to attending Benilde St. Margaret, played three years at Blake School...Suited up for the varsity hockey at Blake as an eighth grader and tallied 15 goals and 70 points in 80 games over three seasons...Earned All-Tri-Metro Conference honors...An AP Scholar-Athlete and earned a spot on the Highest Honor Roll.
Personal: Born July 22, 1995...John Christian Austin is the son of Mark and Susan Austin...Has a brother Nick and a sister Ali...Majoring in finance.
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