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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Seven teams are represented on the 2011-12 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Team announced today by the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

Miami junior forward Reilly Smith and Notre Dame sophomore forward T.J. Tynan, last season’s CCHA Rookie of the Year, topped the voting, with each receiving the maximum of 50 points for a unanimous selection. It is both Smith’s and Tynan’s first appearance on the Preseason All-Conference First Team.

Notre Dame sophomore forward Anders Lee joins Smith and Tynan as the other forward on the First Team. It is also Lee’s first appearance on the Preseason All-Conference First Team. Michigan State junior defenseman Torey Krug, last season’s

CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman, and Michigan sophomore defenseman Jon Merrill, each received nine first-place votes, tied for the second-highest total among all players. Krug is making his second straight appearance on a preseason team. Miami senior goaltender Cody Reichard also makes his second consecutive appearance on the First Team.

Three players collected at least two first-place votes on the Preseason All-Conference Second Team. Alaska senior goaltender Scott Greenham (4), Western Michigan sophomore forward Chase Balisy (3) and Miami senior defenseman Chris Wideman (2) all secured spots on the Second Team. Wideman is making his second straight appearance on a preseason team. Northern Michigan senior forward Tyler Gron and Michigan senior forward David Wohlberg earned the other two forward spots on the second team. Senior defenseman Will Weber from Miami accompanies Wideman on the blueline as the second defenseman.

Miami leads the Preseason All-Conference Teams with four honorees.

Voting was conducted among the 11 head coaches in the CCHA. Coaches could not vote for their own players.

2011-12 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Teams

Position Name, Year, School, First ,Totals
Forward Reilly Smith, JR, Miami, 10, 50
Forward T.J. Tynan, SO, Notre Dame, 10, 50
Forward Anders Lee, SO, Notre Dame, 9, 48
Defense Torey Krug, JR, Michigan State, 9, 48
Defense Jon Merrill, SO, Michigan, 9, 48
Goaltender Cody Reichard, SR, Miami, 5, 29

Position Name, Year, School, First, Totals
Forward Chase Balisy, SO, Western Michigan, 3, 32
Forward Tyler Gron, SR, Northern Michigan, 1, 20
Forward David Wohlberg, SR, Michigan, 0, 18
Defense Chris Wideman, SR, Miami, 2, 24
Defense Will Weber, SR, Miami, 1, 18
Goaltender Scott Greenham, SR, Alaska, 4, 23

Vote Values: 1st place = 5, 2nd place = 3, 3rd place = 1

Honorable Mention (next six point totals, regardless of position with first-team votes in parentheses): Kevin Kapalka, SO, G, Lake Superior, (1) 20; Brett Perlini, JR, F, Michigan State, (0) 16; Dan DeKeyser, SO, D, Western Michigan, (1) 14; Matt Tennyson, JR, D, Western Michigan, (0) 14; Cody Kunyk, SO, F, Alaska, (0) 13; Justin Florek, SR, F, Northern Michigan (0) 11; Zach Trotman, JR, D, Lake Superior, (0) 11.

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