Ehn Named Top Performer at Skills Competition
April 12, 2008
DENVER, Colo. - Air Force senior Eric Ehn was named the West Team's Top Performer at the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., Friday, April 11.
Ehn led the West Team to a 13-6 win over the East Team in the third annual competition as part of the "Friday Night at the Frozen Four". The Dexter, Mich., native was joined on the West Team by Daniel Vukovic (Michigan State), Andrew Thomas (Denver), Nino Musitelli (Miami), Jimmy Kilpatrick (Colorado College), Mike Forgie (Wayne State), Peter Mannino (Denver), Kyle Jones (St. Norbert), Bobbi Ross (Minnesota), Courtney DeHoey (Lake Forest), Laura Fast (St. Cloud State), Shannon Moulson (Niagara), Tessa Bonhomme (Ohio State), Laura Hosier (Mercyhurst) and Britni Kehler (Minnesota State).
Ehn competed in the Puck Control Relay, the Fastest Skater and the Penalty Shot. Prior to Ehn's penalty shot attempt, the goaltenders had stopped 13 of the 15 shots, including seven straight. Ehn skated down the center of the ice and then drifted to the right with the puck on his forehand. He skated across the slot to his left and pushed the puck in front of him. He then put the stick in his left hand reached down on the ice with his right hand and pushed the puck through his legs. The 2007 All-American then spun backwards and slapped the puck over the pad of goaltender Justin Mrazek from Union. The play brought the crowd to its feet and earned Ehn the Top Performer award.
The most decorated hockey player in school history, Ehn was a Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist last season and concluded his career with 146 points in 133 career games. Ehn missed 14 games from Jan. 19-March 17 with a leg injury this season. He returned to the lineup in the NCAA Northeast Regional and played vs. second-ranked Miami. Despite missing the second half of the conference schedule, he still collected third-team all-conference honors. He was leading the league in scoring prior to the injury and finished the year with six goals and 19 assists for 25 points in 25 games.
Ehn is the second Air Force player selected to the Skills Competition in the brief three-year history of the event. Last season, Andrew Ramsey competed in the event at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.