Pair of Wildcats split WCHA preseason player awards; Ferris’ Zech named top rookie in preseason polls

 

By @MichaelCaples –

Today, the WCHA announced its preseason polls and player honors, and Michigan names were frequent throughout.

In the coaches’ portion of the release, Northern Michigan senior forward Adam Rockwood was named the preseason player of the year. On the media side, his teammate and fellow NMU senior forward Troy Loggins received the same recognition.

Meanwhile, the coaches tabbed South Lyon native and incoming Ferris State defenseman Cooper Zech as the preseason player of the year. They must have liked what they saw out of Zech, and who could blame them; the former Muskegon Lumberjack posted 69 points in 58 games with the Wenatchee Wild of the BCHL last season.

Full breakdown of the preseason announcement from the WCHA:

 

WCHA Preseason Coaches’ Poll

 

  1. Minnesota State
  2. Northern Michigan
  3. Bowling Green
  4. Michigan Tech
  5. Bemidji State
  6. Ferris State
  7. Lake Superior State
  8. Alaska
  9. Alabama Huntsville
  10. Alaska Anchorage

 

WCHA Preseason Player of the Year
Adam Rockwood, Sr., F, Northern Michigan (4)

Others receiving votes: Jake Jaremko, So., F, Minnesota State (3); Marc Michaelis, Jr., F, Minnesota State (2); Troy Loggins, Sr. F, Northern Michigan (1).

 

WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year
Cooper Zech, D, Ferris State (5)

Others receiving votes: Dryden McKay, G, Minnesota State (2); Griffin Loughran, F, Northern Michigan (1); Tim Theocharidis, D, Bowling Green (1); Chris Van Os-Shaw, F, Minnesota State (1)

 

Preseason All-WCHA Team

Forwards: Adam Rockwood, Sr., Northern Michigan; Marc Michaelis, So., Minnesota State; Troy Loggins, Sr., Northern Michigan

Defensemen: Alec Rauhauser, Jr., Bowling Green; Philip Beaulieu, Jr., Northern Michigan

Goaltender: Atte Tolvanen, Sr., Northern Michigan

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically by position): Forwards – Jake Jaremko, So., Minnesota State; Brandon Kruse, So., Bowling Green; Jake Lucchini, Sr., Michigan Tech; Corey Mackin, Sr., Ferris State. Defensemen – Ryker Killins, Sr., Ferris State; Connor Mackey, So., Minnesota State; Ian Scheid, Jr., Minnesota State. Goaltender – Ryan Bednard, Jr., Bowling Green.

 

 

Media Poll

  1. Minnesota State
  2. Bowling Green
  3. Northern Michigan
  4. Michigan Tech
  5. Bemidji State
  6. Ferris State
  7. Alabama Huntsville
  8. Lake Superior State
  9. Alaska
  10. Alaska Anchorage

 

Preseason WCHA Player of the Year
Troy Loggins, Sr., F, Northern Michigan

Others receiving votes: Jake Jaremko, So., F, Minnesota State; Marc Michaelis, Jr., F, Minnesota State; Adam Rockwood, Sr., F, Northern Michigan; Atte Tolvanen, Sr., G, Northern Michigan.

 

Preseason All-WCHA First Team

Forwards: Marc Michaelis, Jr., Minnesota State; Jake Jaremko, Fr., Minnesota State; Troy Loggins, Sr., Northern Michigan

Defensemen: Alec Rauhauser, Jr., D, Bowling Green; Philip Beaulieu, Jr., D, Northern Michigan

Goaltender: Atte Tolvanen, Sr., Northern Michigan

 

Preseason All-WCHA Second Team

Forwards: Adam Rockwood, Sr., Northern Michigan; Jake Lucchini, Sr., Michigan Tech; Darien Craighead, Jr., Northern Michigan (tie); Brandon Kruse, So., Bowling Green (tie); Parker Tuomie, Jr., Minnesota State (tie)

Defensemen: Ian Scheid, Jr., Minnesota State; Chris Pohlkamp, Sr., Bowling Green

Goaltender: Ryan Bednard, Jr., Bowling Green

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically by position): Forwards – Stephen Baylis, Sr., Bowling Green; Jay Dickman, Sr., Bemidji State; Gavin Gould, Jr., Michigan Tech; Jake Jackson, Sr., Michigan Tech; Steven Jandric, So., Alaska; Reggie Lutz, So., Minnesota State; Corey Mackin, Sr., Ferris State. Defensemen – Justin Baudry, Sr., Bemidji State; Kurt Gosselin, Sr., Alabama Huntsville; Ryker Killins, Sr., Ferris State; Mitch Meek, So., Michigan Tech; Nolan Nicholas, Jr., Alaska Anchorage. Goaltenders – Zach Driscoll, So., Bemidji State; Nick Kossoff, Sr., Lake Superior State.

 

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