March 19, 2002
Nine members of the Brown men's ice hockey team were among 72 players selected to the 2002 ECAC Division I Men's Ice Hockey All-Academic Team. This year marks the third time the conference has named an all-academic team, and Brown placed the third-highest number of athletes on the team.
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).
Junior Keith Kirley (Leverett, MA), a Business Economics major, is making his second consecutive appearance on the ECAC All-Academic Squad. The forward finished the season with 8-8 - 16 totals in 31 games, fourth on the team. Classmates Paul Esdale (Edmonton, ALB), Tye Korbl (Goffstown, NH), and Owen Walter (Prince Albert, SASK) join Kirley and are each making their first appearances on the All-Academic squad. The second-leading scorer on the team with 5-13-18 numbers, Esdale, a Business Economics major, earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors. A Public and Private Sector Organizations major, Korbl finished as the third-leading scorer on the team. The assistant captain, he finished the season with 7-10-17 totals. Walter is a defenseman and finished his third season on the blueline with two assists.
Five sophomores are making their first appearances on the ECAC All-Academic team. Headlining this group is Yann Danis (Lafontaine, QUE), who earned First Team All-Ivy and Second Team All-ECAC Recognition. A goalie, he posted a 1.86 goals against average, third in the ECAC and fifth in the country, and a league-leading .938 save percentage, second in the country, both of which are school records.
Joining Danis are Pascal Denis (Magog, QUE), Nick Ringstad (Fairbanks, AK), Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE), and Adam Saunders (Moose Jaw, SASK). Denis finished the season with the highest GPA on the team, while posting 5-3-8 numbers and leading the league with two short-handed goals, while Ringstad posted 1-2-3 totals this season. Robinson finished the season with 9-13-22 numbers, while leading the team in goals, assists, points, power-play goals, and game-winning goals. Saunders was sixth on the team with 8-7-15 totals, including three power-play goals.
The Bears finished the season with a 14-15-2 record and a 10-10-2 mark in ECAC competition, posting one of their most successful seasons in recent history. The top ten scorers return for next season, along with 75% of the defense, including Danis between the pipes.