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Posted on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 : 7:21 p.m.

Michigan hockey player Alex Guptill named to CCHA all-rookie team on birthday; Shawn Hunwick 4th in Hobey Baker fan voting

By Pete Cunningham

The CCHA announced its all-rookie team on Monday and Michigan hockey forward Alex Guptill was among six first-team selections.

Happy birthday.


Michigan freshman forward Alex Guptill, left, made the CCHA all-rookie team. file photo

The Newmarket, Ontario native -- who turned 20 on Monday -- led the Wolverines and all CCHA freshmen in regular season points (31) and goals (16). He is tied for first in the nation among first-year players in goals and seventh in points.

"It’s a pretty big day, turn 20 and then get that news. It’s a pretty big deal," said Guptill, who said making the all-rookie team was a goal of his this year. "Just to be named to a team like that is pretty special."

Phil Di Giusseppe, who ranks sixth on the team in points with 10 goals and 12 assists, was an honorable mention all-rookie selection.

Vote for Hobey

The fan voting portion of the Hobey Baker Award ended Monday and Michigan senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick received 6,456 votes, the fourth most among 77 nominees.

Maine's Spencer Abbott (24,586), Minnesota-Duluth's Jack Connolly (24,392) and Colgate's Austin Smith (11,851) were far ahead, prompting a self-deprecating response from Hunwick, who joked that he voted for himself "a couple thousand" times.

"I think college hockey fans as a whole thought those were the top players. I’m not sure if any non-Michigan fans gave me a vote or not," Hunwick said. "It’s kind of cool to be up there, but I think it just speaks volumes to how many Michigan supporters there are out there."

The fans’ vote accounts for one-percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year’s award recipient. The top 10 will be announced on March 15.

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