March 7, 2011
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame freshmen forwards Anders Lee (Edina, Minn.) and T.J. Tynan (Orland Park, Ill.) are unanimous selections to the 2011 CCHA all-rookie team in voting done by the conference’s coaches. The team will be honored in Detroit on March 17th at the CCHA Awards Show at the Fox Theatre. Fellow rookie and defenseman Stephen Johns (Wampum, Pa.) was an honorable mention selection.
Four different teams were represented on the team and a total of 13 freshmen in the conference received votes. Joining Lee and Tynan on the team were forward Chase Balisy (Western Michigan), defensemen Dan DeKeyser (Western Michigan) and Jon Merrill (Michigan) and goaltender Kevin Kapalka (Lake Superior State).
Lee and Tynan become the 12th and 13th Notre Dame players to take CCHA all-rookie honors as they join: Mike Johnson (2009-10), Billy Maday (2008-09), 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).
Freshman Anders Lee joins Tynan on the CCHA all-rookie team. He was second in points and led all freshmen with 21 goals during the regular season.
The 20-year old Lee led all freshmen in goal scoring and finished second overall in the CCHA with 21 goals. A unanimous all-rookie selection, he was named the CCHA rookie of the month on three different occasions this season and was a three-time CCHA rookie of the week. Lee finished the regular season with 21 goals and 19 assists in 36 games and led Notre Dame and the CCHA with six game-winning goals. He tied for the team lead in power-play markers with six and had 14 games with two or more points. For the year, Lee was second in the CCHA in points by a freshman and second in the nation in that category. He is the 12th freshman in Irish hockey history to score 40 or more points in his rookie season.
Tynan joins his freshman teammate and linemate, Anders Lee, as a unanimous choice on the 2011 CCHA all-rookie team. The 19-year old center led all freshmen in the conference, and the entire nation, with 46 points, including 14 multiple-point games. The CCHA rookie of the month for November, Tynan was named CCHA rookie of the week four times during the 2010-11 campaign. He finished the season ranked third in the CCHA in scoring with his 19-27-46 line. The Irish were 15-4-2 in games when his name found the scoresheet in CCHA play this season. His 46 points tie him for the fourth highest total for a Notre Dame freshman. He finished the season with a +22 rating, the third-best mark on the team.
Johns took honorable mention on the defensive unit, seeing action in all 36 games, scoring a goal with nine assists for 10 points. At 6-4, 221 pounds, the rugged defenseman brought a physical presence to the Notre Dame defense and made life tough for opposing forwards in the corners and around the net with his hard-hitting style. A second round draft choice of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 was a member of an Irish defense that played three freshmen blue liners every night during the season.
2010-11 CCHA All-Rookie Team
Name Position School HometownAnders Lee Forward Notre Dame Edina, Minn.T.J. Tynan Forward Notre Dame Orland Park, Ill.Chase Balisy Forward Western Michigan Rancho Santo Margarita, Calif.Dan DeKeyser Defenseman Western Michigan Clay Township, Mich.Jon Merrill Defenseman Michigan Brighton, Minn.Kevin Kapalka Goaltender Lake Superior St. Mississauga, Ont.
Honorable Mentions – Forwards: Cody Kunyk, Alaska; Shane Berschback, Western Michigan; Defense: Jake Chelios, Michigan State, C.J. Ludwig, Northern Michigan, Stephen Johns, Notre Dame, Curtis Gedig, Ohio State; Goaltender: Will Yanekaff, Michigan State.