March 10, 2010
Notre Dame, Ind. - Notre Dame senior defenseman Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich.) has been named an honorable mention selection to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's (CCHA) postseason all-star team for the 2009-10 season. Junior left wing Calle Ridderwall (Stockholm, Sweden) was the only other Notre Dame player to receive votes in voting done by the conference's coaches.
One of the top defensemen in the CCHA, Lawson finished fourth among conference defensemen in scoring with three goals and 15 assists for 18 points in 28 conference games. All three of his goals came on the power play and one was a game winner. He received one first-place vote and a total of 17 votes overall.
The talented blueliner who is a 2005 NHL selection of the Carolina Hurricanes has been honored by the CCHA in each of his four seasons at Notre Dame. As a freshman, he was selected to the 2007 CCHA all-rookie team. He followed that in 2008 by being named honorable mention all-CCHA before being named second team last season.
For the entire 2009-10 campaign, Lawson, a two-year alternate captain, was third on the team in scoring with four goals and 18 assists for 22 points while playing in all 38 games. Three of his goals came on the power play while the fourth was a short-handed tally. He tied for the team lead with two game-winning goals. He finishes his Notre Dame career as one of the team's top all-time defensemen. His 161 career games tie him for third on the all-time list with former teammate Brock Sheahan `08 and he played in three less games than record holder Kevin Deeth (Sr., Gig Harbor, Wash.). In those games, Lawson had 17 goals and 73 assists for 90 career points to rank eighth on the all-time list for Notre Dame defensemen.
Ridderwall finished the year as Notre Dame's top scorer in the CCHA as he had 14 goals and six assists for 20 points in 28 conference games. His 14 goals in league play tied him for third among goal scorers and his seven power-play goals tied him for the top spot in the league.
For the year, Ridderwall led Notre Dame in scoring with a career-high 19 goals and eight assists for 27 points. He also had 11 power-play goals in 38 games to lead the CCHA and set a personal best in that category.
In all, Miami had four players selected all-CCHA first or second team followed by Michigan State with three. Northern Michigan had two first-team selections while Ohio State, Nebraska-Omaha and Ferris State had one player named to the teams.
The team's were selected in voting by the league's coaches and are based on performance in conference games. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Lawson also has been selected to participate in the NCAA's Frozen Four Skills Challenge that will be held on the off day, Friday, April 9, at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. The competition will be conducted in an East versus West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders.
Requirements for selection to the team consist of all players having exhausted their collegiate eligibility and a nomination by their head coach. Representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) and NCAA national office staff selected the teams. The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot.
2009-10 CCHA All-Conference TeamsVote 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): Andy Taranto, Fr., F, Alaska, (1) 19; Matt Bartkowski, So., D, (1) 19; Dion Knelsen, Sr., F, Alaska, 17; Kyle Lawson, Sr., D, Notre Dame (1) 17; Carter Camper, Jr., F, Miami (1) 16; Brian Stewart, Sr., G, Northern Michigan (1) 15.
Others receiving votes: Forwards -- Gregor Hanson, Jr., Northern Michigan, 13; Blair Riley, Sr., Ferris State (1), 11; Carl Hagelin, Jr., Michigan (1) 10; Cody Chupp, Sr., Ferris State (1) 6; Peter Boyd, Jr., Ohio State, 5; Calle Ridderwall, Jr., Notre Dame, 4; Matt Rust, Jr., Michigan, 3; Louie Caporusso, Jr., Michigan, 1; Andrew Rowe, Jr., Michigan State, 1; Rick Schofield, Jr., Lake Superior, 1. Defense -- Torey Krug, Fr., Michigan State (1), 8; Steve Kampfer, Sr., Michigan (1) 6; Chad Langlais, Jr., Michigan (1), 6; Joe Sova, So., Alaska, 6; Matt Case, Sr., Ferris State, 5; Chris Summers, Sr., Michigan, 5; Kyle Page, Sr., Bowling Green, 2. Goaltenders -- Riley Gill, Sr., Western Michigan, 10; Taylor Nelson, So., Ferris State, 8; Scott Greenham, So., Alaska, 7.