March 10, 2004
Farmington Hills, Mich. – For the first time since the 1998-99 season, the Notre Dame hockey team has had more than two players selected to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s postseason all-conference team. Seniors Aaron Gill (Rochester, Minn.), Rob Globke (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Brett Lebda (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) have been selected to the 2003-04 CCHA all-Conference team as Second Team selections.
In 14 seasons in the CCHA, the Irish have only had five other players selected first or second team. In 1998-99, defenseman Benoit Cotnoir was a first team choice and center Ben Simon was a second team pick. In 1981-82, center Dave Poulin and defenseman John Schmidt were second team choices. Kirt Bjork (second team in 1982-83) was the only other Irish player ever picked to a CCHA all-Conference squad.
The senior trio has helped lead the Irish to its best-season since 1998-99 as they enter the first round of the CCHA playoffs with an 18-12-4 overall record and a 14-11-3 mark in league play, good for fifth place. Notre Dame plays host to Western Michigan in the first round this weekend.
Globke finished fifth in the voting among forwards, getting two first-place votes and 31 points in all. In 28 CCHA games, the senior right wing had 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points to finish seventh in scoring. His 14 goals were third best in the conference. Overall, Globke was eighth among CCHA players and led the Irish with 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points. Earlier this week he was also named to the CCHA’s all-Academic Team. As a freshman, Globke was an honorable mention selection for the CCHA’s all-rookie team.
Gill was sixth among forwards in the voting as he received one first-place vote and a total of 25 votes. The hard-working center was second to Globke in CCHA scoring for the Irish with 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points in 28 league games. That was good for eighth among conference scorers. Overall, Gill had career highs in assists (18) and points (30) to finish second in team scoring. His seven power-play goals led the Irish this season.
Lebda finished third in the voting among defensemen as he garnered three first-place votes and 32 points, just four behind first teamer Andy Green of Miami. The offensive leader of the Notre Dame blue line had five goals and 13 assists in league play for 18 points. He leads Notre Dame’s defensemen in scoring with five goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 34 games this season. As a freshman, Lebda was selected to the CCHA all-Rookie team with career-best seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points.
Two other Irish defensemen received votes from the coaches who selected the teams. Tom Galvin (Sr., Miller Place, N.Y.) had one first-place vote and five points overall. Senior Neil Komadoski (Chesterfield, Mo.) received two votes overall. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
As members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), Notre Dame placed three players on the 1976-77 WCHA all-Conference teams. Center Brian Walsh and defenseman Jack Brownschidle were first teamers and goaltender John Peterson was a second-team selection.
2003-04 CCHA All-Conference Teams
First TeamPos. Name, Year, School First TotalsF Derek Edwardson, Sr., Miami 10 53F Jim Slater, Jr., Michigan State 9 51F T.J. Hensick, Fr., Michigan 8 41D A.J. Thelen, Fr., Michigan State 5 37D Andy Greene, So., Miami 4 36G Jordan Sigalet, Jr., Bowling Green 5 34
Second TeamPos. Name, Year, School First TotalsF Greg Hogeboom, Sr., Miami 3 34F Rob Globke, Sr., Notre Dame 2 31F Aaron Gill, Sr., Notre Dame 1 25D Brett Lebda, Sr., Notre Dame 3 32D Nathan Oystrick, So., No. Michigan 3 22D Brandon Rogers, Jr., Michigan 1 22G Al Montoya, So., Michigan 4 32
Honorable Mention: (next six point totals, regardless of position with first team votes in parentheses): Craig Kowalski, Sr., G, Northern Michigan (1), 22; Nate Guenin, So., D, Ohio State (2), 17; Doug Andress, Sr., D, Ohio State (3), 16; Mike Kompon, Sr., F, Miami (1), 16; Kelly Czuy, So., F, Alaska Fairbanks; Kevin Bieksa, Sr., D, Bowling Green (1), 14.