July 7, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut had 12 players earn Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team honors for the 2013-14 season. Recent graduate Jordan Sims (Toronto, Ontario) led the way with his fourth-straight selection to the team.
Joey Ferriss (Novi, Mich.), Kyle Huson (Parker, Colo.), Joe Birmingham (Medford, N.J.) and Chris Bond (Centreville, Va.) all earned the honor for the second consecutive season. First-time honorees included Ryan Tyson (Harleysville, Pa.), Brad Smith (Trenton, Mich.), Shawn Pauly (Bellingham, Wash.), Joona Kunnas (Vantaa, Finland), Robby Nichols (Dallas, Texas), Sean Gaffney (Plymouth, Mich.) and Brett Skibba (Verona, Wisc.).
To qualify for the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team an individual must post a 3.0 grade point average or higher in all of the academic semesters during which his team was actively competing. Atlantic Hockey's Top Scholar Athlete is an award given annually to the player or players who achieves the highest grade point average over the course of the academic semesters of competition.
The AHA announced on Monday that 202 student-athletes earned a spot on this season's team, eclipsiing the mark of 184 that earned the honor in 2012-13.