March 9, 2009
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame freshman right wing Billy Maday (Burr Ridge, Ill.) is one of seven players named to the 2009 CCHA all-rookie team in voting done by the conferences coaches. The team will be honored in Detroit on March 19th at the 2009 CCHA Awards Show at the Fox Theatre.
Two Miami RedHawks, two Michigan Wolverines and two Ohio State Buckeyes joined Maday on the squad.
Joining Maday at forward were Ohio State’s Zac Dalpe and Michigan’s David Wohlberg. Three players (due to a voting tie) were chosen on defense – Miami’s Chris Wideman, Ohio State’s Matt Bartkowski and Michigan’s Brandon Burlon. The goaltender was Miami’s Connor Knapp.
Maday is the 10th Notre Dame player to take CCHA all-rookie honors. He joins: Kevin Deeth (2006-07), Kyle Lawson (2006-07), Ryan Thang (2006-07), Erik Condra (2005-06), Brett Lebda (2003-04), David Inman (1998-99), Mark Eaton (1997-98), Joe Dusbabek (1996-97) and Jamie Ling (1992-93).
The 21-year old Maday tied for the CCHA lead in scoring with Wohlberg in conference games with 11 goals, 12 assists and 23 points. His 16 power-play points in 27 league games was best among rookies and his 11 goals tied for first among first-year players and was eighth best in the league.
The former Waterloo Black Hawk was named the CCHA rookie of the month in November when he had 11 points on seven goals and four assists in nine games. He is the lone member of the 2009 CCHA all-rookie team to be a unanimous selection.
Overall, Maday stepped right into the Notre Dame lineup and played like a veteran from the beginning of the season. Teamed most of the season with left wing Calle Ridderwall (So., Stockholm, Sweden) and center Kevin Deeth (Jr., Gig Harbor, Wash.), Maday finished fifth on the team in scoring with 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points. His 14 goals tied for second on the team. He was +4 on the year with seven power-play goals and one game winner.
Maday was third on the Irish in power-play point scoring with seven power-play goals and nine assists for 16 points. Overall, he finished third in rookie scoring in the CCHA with 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points. His 14 goals tied for ninth in the league and his points tied for 27th. His seven power-play goals tied him for seventh in that category. He was selected as the CCHA rookie of the week twice in 2008-09, taking the honor Nov. 3 and Nov. 29
Notre Dame returns to action this weekend when the Irish play host to the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks in a best-of-three second round playoff series at the Joyce Center, March 13-15. Game time on Friday, March 13 is 7:35 p.m.
The Irish are 27-5-3 on the season and won the CCHA regular-season title with a 21-4-3-3 record, good for 48 points. They are ranked second in the nation coming into the CCHA tournament.