Feb. 22, 2011
Notre Dame, Ind. -
As part of the celebration of the final full season of hockey at the Joyce Center, former coaches, players, administrators and fans have gotten together to select an 18-man All-Joyce Center team that covers the 43-year history (1968-2011) of the home of Irish hockey.
Earlier this winter, all-decade teams were selected, covering four eras of Irish hockey - 1968-1980, 1980-1990, 1990-2000 and 2000 through 2010. The first and second teams that were selected then went to a ballot that Irish hockey fans were able to vote on from Jan. 24 through Feb. 20 and now the final totals are in.
With the assistance of over 7,000 fan votes that provided full ballots, selecting three goaltenders, six defensemen and nine forwards, the three All-Joyce Center teams were selected.
Today, the third team will be announced, followed by the second team on Thursday, Feb. 24 with the first team announcement coming on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the final regular-season home game at the Joyce Center. All three teams will be honored at the game versus Western Michigan.
Selected to the All-Joyce Center third team are: goaltender Lance Madson (1986-90), defensemen Jeff Brownschidle (1977-81) and Brett Lebda (2000-04), along with forwards Kirt Bjork (1979-83), Jamie Ling (1992-96) and Dan Carlson (1997-01).
Lance Madson `90, from Minnetonka, Minn., was a first team choice on the 1980-90 all-Decade team announced in January and played four seasons for the Irish from 1986-90, seeing action in 117 games. A two-time Monogram Club team most valuable player (`78-'79 and `79-'80), he is Notre Dame's all-time leader in minutes played (6,900:19) and saves (3,519). During his Irish playing career, he was 56-57-4 with a 4.39 goals-against average and an .875 winning percentage. Selected as the team's rookie of the year in 1986-87, Madson was 24-2-2 (.893) for the best single-season winning percentage in the program's history. His 56 career wins were a Notre Dame record that stood until 2009.
Two outstanding blue liners who played the game well at both ends of the ice represent the third-team defense.
Jeff Brownschidle `81, from East Amherst, N.Y., was a first team selection on the 1980-90 all-Decade Team and followed in his brother Jack's footsteps to play in 146 games at Notre Dame, beginning in 1977. The team's rookie of the year for the `77-'78 season, Brownschidle set a single-season scoring mark for Irish defensemen in 1979-80 when he had 14 goals and 37 assists for 51 points. A three-time honorable mention all-WCHA pick (1978-81), Jeff Brownschidle is 33rd on Notre Dame's all-time scoring list with 30 goals and 92 assists for 122 points. That puts him second on Notre Dame's all-time scoring list for defensemen. He went on to play three years in the Hartford Whalers organization 1981-84, seeing action in seven NHL games with the Whalers. Brownschidle passed away in December of 1996.
Joining Brownschidle on the third team defense is Brett Lebda `04. From Buffalo Grove, Ill., Lebda was a first team 2000-2010 all-Decade Team choice and four-year regular for the Irish between 2000-04, playing in 152 career games. A product of the U.S. National Developmental Program, Lebda was selected to the CCHA all-rookie team in 2001 and was a second team all-CCHA choice following the 2003-04 season. The 2001 winner of the William Donald Nyrop Award as the team's top defenseman, Lebda finished 11th on the all-time Notre Dame scoring list among defensemen with 26 goals and 59 assists for 85 career points. He was a key member of the 2003-04 Notre Dame team that became the first Irish hockey team to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Following his Irish career, Lebda signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings and has played six seasons in the National Hockey League - the first five with Detroit and this season as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Leading the group of three forwards is Kirt Bjork `83 who was a first team pick on the 1980-90 all-Decade Team. A native of Trenton, Mich., Bjork played in 141 games for the Irish between 1979-83. The team's rookie of the year in 1980, he is 12th on Notre Dame's all-time scoring list with 161 points on 76 goals and 85 assists. His 76 goals are ninth all-time and he is seventh on the all-time list with 25 power-play goals. As a senior, he led the Irish in scoring with 29 goals and 34 assists for 63 points to be the team's most valuable player and a second team All-American.
Jamie Ling `96, came to Notre Dame from Charlottetown, P.E.I., and played 142 games during his Irish hockey career. A first team choice on the 1990-2000 all-Decade Team, Ling was a freshman in Notre Dame's first season returning to the CCHA. A member of the 1993 CCHA all-rookie team, he was also the team's rookie of the year in `92-'93, leading the team in scoring with 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points. His 42-point season in 1994-95 earned him special mention all-CCHA honors. Ling was a two-time team most valuable player (`93 and `96), Ling is just one of two players in the 43-year history of the program to lead the team in scoring all four seasons (Erik Condra `09 is the other). He is 14th on the all-time scoring list with 51 goals and 102 assists for 153 points. His 102 assists rank him 10th on the all-time assist list. Ling went on to play six seasons of pro hockey, mostly in the East Coast Hockey League and finished his career as a coach with the Dayton Bombers from 2003-05.
Dan Carlson `01 rounds out the third team all-Joyce Center team forwards. A native of Edina, Minn., Carlson was a first team selection on the 1990-2000 all-Decade Team and played at Notre Dame from 1997-2001. During his career, he played in 158 career games and was outstanding on the ice and in the classroom. A two-time Monogram Club team most valuable player (2000 and 2001), he was a special mention all-CCHA (2000) and an honorable mention all-CCHA choice (2001). He finished his Irish hockey career 22nd on the all-time point list with 132 career points on 52 goals and 80 assists. In the classroom, Carlson was selected as to the CCHA all-academic team in his senior year and was the winner of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award. He capped that season as a third team CoSIDA third team Academic All-American on the At-Large team. Carlson is in his 10th year of professional hockey, having played in the American Hockey League, the East Coast Hockey League, the German Bundesliga and the last five seasons in the English Elite Ice Hockey League with the Coventry Blaze.