Spartan Hockey Leads Nation with Four All-Americans
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State led the nation with four selections on the 1997-98 Titan All-America Teams announced Friday in Boston. The Spartans' four selections equal the most in program history, as the 1984-85 team also boasted four All-Americans.
Leading the way for the Spartans were their two Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalists, senior goaltender Chad Alban (Kalamazoo) and junior center Mike York (Waterford) who were both named to the West first team.
Alban, the runner-up for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, is the first Spartan netminder to be named first-team All-America since Ron Scott. Scott is also the last Michigan State runner-up for the Hobey, although Kip Miller won the award in 1990. With his national leading 1.57 goals-against average and .926 save percentage, Alban had one of the best seasons ever by a college goalie.
York, meanwhile, led the Spartans with 61 points (27 goals, 34 assists) and is one of only two non-seniors named to the West first team.
The West second team included MSU senior defenseman Tyler Harlton (Pense, Sask.) and senior center Sean Berens (Palatine, Ill.) Harlton was a unanimous selection as the CCHA Best Defensive defenseman, while Berens led the nation in goals with 36.
All four Spartans were honored as an All-American for the first time, as MSU has not had an All-American since Anson Carter in 1995. MSU has not had a first-team All-American since Bryan Smolinski in 1993.
TITAN WEST ALL-AMERICA TEAM First Team Pos. Second Team CHAD ALBAN, MSU G Karl Goebring, North Dakota Dan Boyle, Miami D TYLER HARLTON, MSU Curtis Murphy, North Dakota D Calvin Elfring, Colorado College Hugo Boisvert, Ohio State F SEAN BERENS, MSU Bill Muckalt, Michigan F Jason Blake, North Dakota MIKE YORK, MSU F Brian Swanson, Colorado College
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