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Two Badgers named ACHA All-Americans

DETROIT (PRESS RELEASE) - Senior forward Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) and junior defenseman Brendan Smith (Mimico, Ontario) have been named to the American Hockey Coaches Association/Reebok All-American First Team, the AHCA announced Friday evening during the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit.

Geoffrion, who was also named the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner and the Inside College Hockey Player of the Year, leads the nation with 15 power-play goals and is tied for second in the country with 28 goals. Geoffrion's 50 points rank him fourth on the team.

Wisconsin's top penalty-killing forward, Geoffrion is also relentless in the faceoff circle. He has won 58.2 percent of his faceoffs (570-409) while also boasting a 23.0 percent shooting percentage.

Geoffrion led the WCHA with 19 goals in league games this season. His 34 points in league games were one point off the WCHA scoring lead, even though Geoffrion missed three games. His 1.36 points per game average was the best in the conference.

Geoffrion was named the NCAA West Regional Most Valuable Player and a member of both the All-WCHA First Team and WCHA Final Five All-Tournament Team. Geoffrion earned Inside College Hockey Online National Player of the Week and WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors this season as well.

Meanwhile, Smith is the nation's top scoring defenseman with 15 goals and 37 assists for 52 points, tied for second among the Badgers. He leads the nation's next top defenseman by 14 points and next closest WCHA blue liner by 24 points. Smith tallied a career-high five assists in Wisconsin's 8-1 win over RIT in the Frozen Four semifinal, which tied a Frozen Four record.

Smith was named Inside College Hockey's Defenseman of the Year and the WCHA's Defensive Player of the Year along with being one of the top ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He joined Geoffrion on the NCAA All-West Regional Team and the All-WCHA First Team as well.

The duo was also named to Inside College Hockey's All-American First Team.

UW's last All-American was Jamie McBain, who earned first team honors last season. Geoffrion and Smith become the 34th and 35th All-Americans in UW men's hockey history.

Geoffrion and Smith look to lead Wisconsin (28-10-4) to its seventh national championship when the Badgers take on Boston College (28-10-3) in the NCAA title game on Saturday night. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. CT, and the game will air live on ESPN.

West First Team

Goalie Marc Cheverie, JR, Denver

Defenseman Brendan Smith, JR, Wisconsin

Defenseman Patrick Weircioch, SO, Denver Forward Blake Geoffrion, SR, Wisconsin Forward Mark Olver, JR, Northern Michigan Forward Rhett Rakhshani, SR, Denver


East First Team

Goalie Ben Scrivens, SR, Cornell

Defenseman Colby Cohen, JR, Boston University Defenseman Brendon Nash, SR, Cornell Forward Bobby Butler, SR, New Hampshire Forward Gustav Nyquist, SO, Maine Forward Chase Polacek, JR, Rensselaer

West Second Team

Goalie Cody Reichard, SO, Miami

Defenseman Erik Gustafsson, JR, Northern Michigan Defenseman Jeff Petry, JR, Michigan State Forward Jack Connolly, SO, Minnesota-Duluth Forward Zac Dalpe, SO, Ohio State Forward Matt Read, JR, Bemidji State

East Second Team

Goalie Brian Foster, SR, New Hampshire

Defenseman Justin Braun, SR, Massachusetts Defenseman Blake Kessel, SO, New Hampshire Forward Sean Backman, SR, Yale Forward Nick Johnson, SR, Sacred Heart Forward Broc Little, JR, Yale

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