Five USM Student-Athletes Receive Recognition. Léger Earns Fourth Honor
GORHAM, Maine -- Five members of the 2019-2020 University of Southern Maine men's ice hockey team are among Division II-III student-athletes recognized this week by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) with the announcement of the annual "Krampade All-American Scholars" lists. This is the fourth year that the AHCA and Krampade have partnered to recognize deserving men's and women's ice hockey players across all three NCAA divisions.
Earning the distinction for 2019-2020 from USM are senior forward Ethan Bassile (Scarborough, Maine/double major in Criminology and Psychology), sophomore forward Tyler Gardiner (Watertown, Mass./Athletic Training), sophomore defenseman Jesse Kestenbaum (Montreal, Quebec/double major in Economics and Finance), senior goalie Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec/double major in Business Management - International Business, and Risk Management and Insurance) and sophomore forward Adam Withers (Kenora, Ontario/Accounting). Léger is a four-time recipient of the honor. Gardiner, Kestenbaum and Withers are being recognized for the second straight year. The honor for Bassile is his first.
Due to the effects of Covid-19 on actual grades in the spring, the AHCA adopted revised criteria for this year's honorees. To qualify, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.75 GPA for the fall semester and participated in 40% of their school's games. A small number of waivers of the 40% participation requirement were granted due to injury or for back-up goaltenders.
On the ice, Southern Maine finished the 2019-2020 season with an 8-16-3 overall record and a 6-10-2 mark in the New England Hockey Conference. The Huskies advanced to the semifinal round of the playoffs by defeating second-seeded Babson College on the road before bowing out to top-ranked Norwich University. In the classroom, the Huskies compiled a team GPA of 3.361 during the recently completed academic year.
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