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Tech Hockey Player, Conrad Smith, Named to ACHA DII Select Team


The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) DII Vice President, Paul Hebert and ACHA DII Commissioner, Mike Radakovich announced the 2013-2014 ACHA DII Select Team roster. Twenty-three (23) players representing nineteen (19) ACHA Division II colleges and universities will tour Europe from December 27, 2013 to January 6, 2014 to play six games against teams from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Slovenia and Austria. The team includes Montana Tech hockey player Conrad Smith from Calgary, Alberta. Smith is a junior from Calgary, Alberta majoring in petroleum engineering.

“This is the first time a Montana Tech hockey player has been placed on the ACHA DII Select Team,” said Mary North-Abbott, advisor to the Hockey Club at Montana Tech. “Our hockey team plays so few games compared to other school-supported programs so no one has taken notice before. This selection came from the All-Star Challenge that Conrad and another Tech player, Matt Ostertag, were selected to represent our region in last April in Philadelphia. We are thrilled to have Conrad represent Montana Tech.”

“This is the first time a hockey player from Montana Tech has been placed on the ACHA DII Select Team,” said Mary North-Abbott, advisor to the Hockey Club at Montana Tech. “Our hockey team plays so few games compared to other school-supported programs so no one has taken notice before. This selection came from the Allstar Challenge that Conrad and another Tech player, Matt Ostertag, were selected to represent our region in last April in Philadelphia. We are thrilled to have Conrad represent Montana Tech.”

Mike Forbes (Grand Haven, MI), head coach at Grand Valley State University will coach the team and will be assisted by Jon Eccles (Logan, UT), head coach at Utah State University and Steve McIsaac (Hampton, NH), head coach of University of New Hampshire.
 
The Select Team forwards will be led by graduate student and (the sole returning) 2011-2012 Select Team member Richie Pallai (Yorktown Heights, NY/New York University-undergrad. /William Paterson University-graduate). Seniors on the team include: Josh Ambrosat (Darien, IL/Illinois State University), Blake Chapman (Edina, MN/Boston College) and Sean Leahy (Durham, NH/University of New Hampshire). Matthew Bloom (Catonsville, MD/University of Maryland Baltimore County), Daniel Echeverri (Medellin, Colombia/Florida Gulf Coast University), Kyle Garlasco (Paramus, NJ/William Paterson University), Matt Gellatly (Raleigh, NC/University of North Carolina), Cooper Limb (Salt Lake City, UT/Utah State University), Matt Smartt (Saint Clair Shores, MI/Grand Valley State University) and Ryan Urban (Chester Springs, PA/Pennsylvania State University) make up the seven junior forwards. Rounding out the twelve forwards is sophomore Dax Hobbs (Syracuse, UT/Weber State University).
 
Playing on defense will be seniors: Zach Bradanick (Salem, NH/University of New Hampshire), Nick Heinrich (Waterford, MI/Grand Valley State University), Sean Nielsen (Collegeville, PA/Millersville University) and Scott Teulings (Hamden, CT/University of Connecticut). Juniors: John Tyler Cothran (Mansfield, TX/Dallas Baptist University), Andrew Dougherty (Sicklerville, NJ/Rowan University), Robbie Goldi (Farmington Hills, MI/Michigan State University) and Conrad Smith (Calgary, Alberta/Montana Tech) complete the remaining four spots on the blueline.
 
The three goaltenders will be: graduate student, John Schlegel (Syracuse, NY/Siena College), Senior, Scott Tiefenthal (Muskegon, MI/Grand Valley State University) and Junior Matthew LaBarge (Lynnfield, MA/Northeastern University).
 
For more information please visit the ACHA DII Selects website at: www.achad2selects.com.