March 22, 2013
U.S AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Five former Air Force players were named to the Atlantic Hockey Association 10th anniversary team as announced today by the league office. Atlantic Hockey coaches, athletic directors, media and fans all voted on the teams.
Ehn, class of 2008, was Air Force's first ever All-American, earning the honor in 2007. That season, Ehn was named to the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) East All-America second team. Ehn also earned first-team All-American honors by Inside College Hockey.com and U.S. College Hockey Online. Ehn was second in the nation in scoring with 24 goals, 40 assists and 64 points (1.60 per game) in 40 games. Ehn became the first ever service academy player to earn AHCA All-America honors. One of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, Ehn was also first-team all-AHA and was the AHA Player of the Year in 2007. He set a new league record with 45 points (16-29-45) in 28 conference games. Despite missing most of his senior season due to a leg injury, he was a third-team all-AHA selection in 2008.
Lamoureux, class of 2011, earned All-America honors in 2009. A first-team All-American by Inside CollegeHockey.com, he was named to the AHCA East All-America second team. In his sophomore season, he helped lead the Falcons to their third straight AHA championship, a win over Michigan in the NCAA Tournament and the Falcons' only appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. He led the nation with 33 goals, 15 power-play goals and nine game-winners. He was also second in the nation with 53 points (1.29 per game) and was named the AHA Player of the Year. In 28 league games, he led the league with 38 points, 23 goals, 12 power play goals and five game winners. Lamoureux was a two-time first team all-league selection (2009 and 2010) and was a second-team selection in 2011. He was named to the NCAA East Regional all-tournament team in 2009 and was the AHA Tournament MVP in 2011.
Kirby, class of 2012, earned All-America honors in his senior season. He was named to the AHCA East All-America second team, USCHO.com second-team, and the InsideCollegeHockey.com third-team. Kirby was the AHA Player of the Year, Defenseman of the Year and a first-team all-league and all-tournament team in 2012 as well. He tied for third in the nation in goals by a defenseman with 12 and was 19th in the nation in points by a defenseman with 28 (0.72 per game, 12-16-28). Kirby led Atlantic Hockey in points by a defenseman in all games (0.72 per game). He played in every game in his career, breaking the Air Force Academy record with 155 consecutive games played. Kirby was also a first-team all-AHA selection in 2010 and was a third-team selection and was named to the all-tournament team in 2011.
Volkening, a 2010 graduate, was a two-time all-AHA selection, earning first-team honors 2009 and second-team in 2010. He was named to the AHA all-tournament team in 2007, 2008 and 2009, leading the Falcons to the AHA tournament title each season. Volkening is also the only Falcon to be named to an NCAA all-tournament team twice, earning the honor in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, he led Air Force to a 2-0 win over third-ranked Michigan in the NCAA Tournament as the Falcons advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. Volkening is only the second player in school history to earn the team MVP award three straight years. He holds nearly every goaltending record at the Air Force Academy, including season and career wins, career saves percentage, career goals-against average and season and career shutouts. As a senior, he was second in the league in goals-against average (2.24) and was third in saves percentage (.924). He was named the AHA Goalie, Player or Rookie of the week 14 times in his career.
Flynn, class of 2009, was a third-team InsideCollegeHockey.com All-American, a first-team all-AHA selection, all-tournament team and was named the league's best defenseman as a senior. The top scoring defenseman in the nation in 2009 with 1.02 points per game (7-35-42 in 41 games), he was the only defenseman in the nation to average more than a point per game. He led the AHA and ranked fifth in the nation in assists by all players (0.85 per game). His +19 in league games was the best by an AHA defenseman. In the third and deciding game of the AHA Quarterfinals vs. Sacred Heart, he tied his career highs with two goals and four points. Then, in the NCAA East Regional, he assisted on both goals in the 2-0 win over Michigan and earned NCAA East Regional all-tournament team honors. Flynn was also a second-team all-league selection in 2008.
The complete Atlantic Hockey Association 10th anniversary team is below.
FIRST TEAM 10TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM
NAME YEARS POSITION TEAM
Cory Conacher, 2007-11, Forward, Canisius College
Jacques Lamoureux, 2008-11, Forward, U.S. Air Force Academy
Eric Ehn, 2006-08, Forward, U.S. Air Force Academy
Tim Kirby, 2008-12, Defense, U.S. Air Force Academy
Dan Ringwald, 2006-10, Defense, Rochester Institute of Technology
Andrew Volkening, 2006-10, Goalie, U.S. Air Force Academy
SECOND TEAM 10TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM
Pierre-Luc O'Brien, 2003-07, Forward, Sacred Heart University
Ben Cottreau, 2004-08, Forward, Mercyhurst University
James Sixsmith, 2003-07, Forward, College of the Holy Cross
Jon Landry, 2003-07, Defense, College of the Holy Cross
Jamie Hunt, 2003-06, Defense, Mercyhurst University
Shane Madolora, 2006-10, Goalie, Rochester Institute of Technology
THIRD TEAM 10TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM
Brett Gensler, 2010-present, Forward, Bentley University
Paul Zanette, 2010-11, Forward, Niagara University
Owen Meyer, 2006-10, Forward, U.S. Military Academy
Zach McKelvie, 2005-09, Defense, U.S. Military Academy
Greg Flynn, 2006-09, Defense, U.S. Air Force Academy
Jared DeMichiel, 2009-12, Goalie, Rochester Institute of Technology