Left to Right/Top to Bottom: Nils Backstrom, Jon Olthuis, Josh Lunden, Jared Tuton, Dusan Sidor
The UAA website announced today that 5 UAA Seawolves of a league-wide total of 39 were named to the men's WCHA Scholar-Athlete list for 2009/10 season. Repeat honorees Nils Backstrom and Jon Olthuis led the list for UAA with Josh Lunden, Dusan Sidor and Jared Tuton receiving the recognition for their first time. This was goaltender Jon Olthuis' third such recognition.
To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters or may qualify if his overall GPA is at least 3.5 for all terms at his present institution.
The Seawolves website notes that all 5 will be recognized publicly on-ice with a plaque commemorating the accomplishment on Friday March 5th at the Sullivan Arena. Congratulations to all 5 of these outstanding young men for maintaining such high grades while practicing and playing Division 1 hockey with nearly unrivaled travel schedule.
The Seawolves team travels around 50,000 air-miles during a typical season as compared with less than 10,000 on average for other teams. The UAA trips generally include staying in the lower-48 for 11 or 12 days during consecutive road-trip games at least once per season. Along with UAF, no other teams in the nation faces such daunting travel challenges. The combination of such a rigorous travel schedule combined with a standard course-load makes such an accomplishment especially dramatic. Congratulations to all five honorees for their scholarly discipline off the ice. You make us all proud.
Other WCHA schools ...
UM(0), UW(1), MTU(2), UMD(4), MSU(4), CC(4), UND(5), SCSU(6), DU(8).