Ryd Named Second-Team At-Large CoSIDA Academic All-American

From Sports Information Director, June 5, 2012 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College senior hockey player Johan Ryd has been named to the second team of the Capital One At-Large Academic All-America squad, presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Ryd, a Sodertalje, Sweden, native, owns a 3.41 grade point average with a major in political science. Ryd was the team's leading scorer this past year, posting 15 goals and 25 assists for 40 points as the Green Knights won their second consecutive NCAA Division III national championship. Ryd was a first-team All-America selection in 2012 by the American Hockey Coaches Association and U.S. College Hockey Online.com and was also the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association's Player of the Year. Ryd finished his career with 37 goals and 61 assists for 98 points in 90 games.

Ryd's honor is the fifth Academic All-America mention for St. Norbert hockey, and marks the fourth time in five years a Green Knights skater has earned the honor. Rob Smillie was a second-team selection in 1999, followed by Marc Belanger's second-team accolade in 2008. Nick Tabisz was a second-team honoree in 2010 and 2011.

It is also the 51st time among 39 recipients a St. Norbert student-athlete has received Academic All-America mention. St. Norbert's 51 Academic All-Americans are the most among Midwest Conference member schools. The at-large team encompasses student-athletes from the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

To be eligible for national or regional selection, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.0, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director.