AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) and sophomore Gabriel Chicoine (St. Dominique, Quebec) last week earned College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American honors.

Aubrun earned first-team honors after his record-setting senior season; Chicoine earned third-team honors in his first year of eligibility for the award. Aubrun, Chicoine and Emily Lambert from the women’s ice hockey team bring Norwich University’s all-time Academic All-American total to 19 selections, including 16 in the last nine years.  

The CoSIDA Academic All-American program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined athletic and classroom performances. 

The men’s at-large category comprises student-athletes from fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. 

Aubrun and Chicoine mark the eighth and ninth Academic All-Americans in men’s ice hockey history, the most out of all NU varsity athletic programs. 

“I would like to congratulate Tom and Gabriel on this tremendous achievement after they have shown tremendous leadership on and off the ice for our team.” Cam Ellsworth, Norwich University men’s ice hockey head coach

Aubrun was one of just two ice hockey selections on the first team, while the Norwich duo was among just six overall ice hockey selections out of the 45 overall at-large All-Americans. Aubrun and Chicoine were the only New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men’s ice hockey players to earn Academic All-American honors. 

“I would like to congratulate Tom and Gabriel on this tremendous achievement after they have shown tremendous leadership on and off the ice for our team,” Norwich University men’s ice hockey coach Cam Ellsworth said. “Their athletic achievements are well documented, but it is nice to see them get recognized for the diligent work that they have done in the classroom as well.”

Off the ice, Aubrun carried a 3.77 cumulative GPA as a business management major. On the ice in 2019-20, he authored one of the most historic seasons in NCAA hockey history.

Aubrun established five new NCAA Division III men’s hockey records, including an unprecedented 553:51 consecutive shutout minutes’ streak (nine games), which has never been replicated at any level or gender in college hockey history.

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Norwich University men’s ice hockey defenseman Gabriel Chicione ranked fourth in the country with five goals and 26 assists for 31 points and helped anchor a defensive unit that posted the lowest goals against average in NCAA Division III history, surrendering just 24 goals in 28 games for a 0.86 goals against average. (Photo by Chandler Mosher.)

He won the 2020 Sid Watson National Player of the Year and USCHO.com National Player of the Year awards, and finished his career as a two-time All-American. Aubrun is the all-time NCAA Division III save percentage (.946) and goals against leader (1.27), and the single-season shutout record holder (14).

He is a two-time NEHC Player/Goalie of the Year, two-time NEHC Tournament Most Valuable Player and was a member of the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship team.

Aubrun is also a two-time AHCA Scholar All-American and a three-time NEHC All-Academic team honoree.

In April, Aubrun signed a two-year pro contract with the Rockford (Illinois) IceHogs of the American Hockey League, an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks.

Aubrun is the third player in Norwich University men’s hockey history to sign an AHL deal immediately after concluding his collegiate career. Aubrun joins William Pelletier ’17, who also signed with Rockford and enjoyed a successful three-year career, as well as Frank Simonetti ’84, who signed immediately with the Providence Bruins.

Defensive standout

Meanwhile, Chicoine is a 3.96 mechanical engineering major off the ice and on the ice he was one of the best defensemen in NCAA Division III this past season.

Chicoine was named a AHCA first-team All-American after ranking fourth in the country with five goals and 26 assists for 31 points. 

He helped anchor a defensive unit that posted the lowest goals against average in NCAA Division III history, surrendering just 24 goals in 28 games for a 0.86 goals against average. 

Chicoine was also an All-USCHO Second Team selection in 2019-20 after he and Aubrun helped guide Norwich to a 24-2-2 record.

Chicoine is a two-time NEHC All-Tournament Team selection and three-time NEHC All-Conference honoree earning first-team honors in 2020, along with All-Rookie and third-team honors in 2019.

Norwich has had at least one Academic All-American each of the last five years with Derek Lotito (football) and Braeden Ostepchuk (men’s hockey) earning the honor in 2016. Ostepchuk then repeated in 2017 and became Norwich’s first Academic All-American of the Year in 2018, while becoming the first three-time Academic All-American as well. Emily Oliver (softball) and Mary-Kait Mace (women’s soccer) also earned Academic All-American honors in 2019. 

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