EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior defenseman and team captain Tyler Harlton (Pense, Sask.) has been named first-team GTE Academic All-America. Harlton is one of 15 honorees for the fall and winter sport season named to the first team.
"It is certainly a deserving honor for Tyler," head coach Ron Mason said. "He fits all the criteria and is really a special student-athlete."
Harlton carries a 3.75 grade-point average in political theory and constitutional democracy in MSU's James Madison College. He also has a minor in business and will graduate this spring. Last fall, Harlton recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA.
On the ice, Harlton was the leader of the nation's top defensive team. The first two-time winner of the CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman Award, he was an unanimous selection for the honor this season. Harlton was a second-team All-America and first-team All-CCHA selection this season while leading Michigan State to a 33-6-5 record and the CCHA regular-season and playoff championships.
The first three-time captain of Spartan hockey since Don McSween in the 1980s, Harlton generously donates his time in the community with area children's groups. He was a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, given annually to college hockey's finest citizen, and has earned numerous other accolades for his athletic and academic accomplishments.
GTE Academic All-Americans are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Harlton is the ninth Michigan State hockey player to be honored as an Academic All-American and the first since Mike Gilmore in 1992.
TYLER HARLTON Defense - Pense, Sask. - 6-3, 210
Year GP G A Pts Pen/Min +/- 1994-95 39 1 4 5 27/55 +5 1995-96 39 1 6 7 24/51 -4 1996-97 39 2 9 11 32/75 +11 1997-98 44 1 12 13 34/68 +38 TOTAL 161 5 31 36 117/249 +50
* Team captain as a senior and a junior after serving as an assistant captain his sophomore year (MSU's first three-time captain since Don McSween in the 1980s)
* Became the first two-time winner of the CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman Award
* Led the CCHA in plus/minus rating as a senior (+38)
* Had a 3.75 GPA in political theory and constitutional democracy in MSU's James Madison College entering his senior spring. Also had a minor in business.
* Volunteered his time with area children's groups
* Team finished 29-2 all-time when he scored a point, including 11-0 his senior year
ATHLETIC HONORS & AWARDS OFFICE HONORS & AWARDS 1997-98 1997-98 Second-team All-America Finalist for Hockey Humanitarian Award First-team All-CCHA GTE Academic All-America first team CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman (unanimous) GTE Academic All-District All-College Hockey Showcase Team CCHA All-Academic Team All-CCHA Tournament Team Academic All-Big Ten MSU Outstanding Defensive Player Amo Bessone Award CCHA Defensive Player of the Week (11/9) Blue Line Club President's Award Chosen to play in NCAA-CIAU All-Star game Student-Athlete of the Month (Nov.) 1996-97 1996-97 Honorable mention All-CCHA MSU Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman CCHA All-Academic Team MSU Outstanding Defensive Player Academic All-Big Ten CCHA Defensive Player of the Week (1/5) GTE Academic All-District (second team) 1995-96 CCHA All-Academic Team (honorable mention) Academic All-Big Ten