Defenseman becomes just the third Norwich University student-athlete to earn the honor more than once

Men’s hockey player Gabriel Chicoine on Wednesday earned College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American honors for the second straight year, becoming just the third Norwich University student-athlete to earn the honor more than once.

The honor capped a flurry of awards for Chicoine. He was Norwich’s male scholar of 2021, posting the highest grade-point average of all senior student-athletes and was one of 16 Cadets men’s hockey players on 2020-21’s Krampade All-American Scholar team.

CoSIDA’s Academic All-American program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for combined athletic and classroom performance. Chicoine was chosen from the men’s at-large category, which comprises fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. 

Chicoine was one of just two ice hockey first-team CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and one of five ice hockey selections among 45 at-large Academic All-Americans.

Chicoine joined Braeden Ostepchuk ’18 (men’s hockey) and Greg Payne ’15 (men’s soccer) as multiple CoSIDA Academic All-Americans from Norwich.

Gabriel Chicoine was one of just two ice hockey first-team CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and one of five ice hockey selections among 45 at-large Academic All-Americans.

Norwich has had 20 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including 17 in the last 10 years. Chicoine is Norwich’s 10th Academic All-American from men’s ice hockey, the most of all programs. 

Chicoine, a mechanical engineering major from St. Dominique, Quebec, had a 3.96 GPA in 2020-21 at Norwich and received his bachelor’s degree in three years. He’ll pursue a master’s degree and play Division I hockey next year at Bowling Green University in Ohio. 

In 2019-20, Chicoine was first-team American Hockey Coaches Association All-American after scoring five goals and 26 assists for 31 points (fourth nationally in Division III) and helping anchor a defense with NCAA Division III’s lowest-ever goals against average 0.86 (24 goals allowed in 28 games).

In pandemic-shortened 2020-21, Chicoine had two assists in eight games to help the Cadets finish 7-1. 

Chicoine was second-team All-U.S. College Hockey Online in 2019-20, a two-time New England Hockey Conference All-Tournament selection and three-time All-New England Hockey Conference honoree.

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In 2019-20, Gabriel Chicoine was first-team American Hockey Coaches Association All-American after helping anchor a defense with NCAA Division III’s lowest-ever goals against average 0.86 (24 goals allowed in 28 games). (Photo by Chandler Mosher/Norwich University.)

Making history

Norwich has had CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in each of the last five years. Ostepchuk  thrice earned the honor (2018, 2017 and 2016); Chicoine, Emily Lambert (women’s hockey) and Tom Aubrun (men’s hockey) earned it in 2020; Emily Oliver (softball) and Mary-Kait Mace (women’s soccer) earned it in 2019; and Derek Lotito (football) earned it in 2016.

Meanwhile, Chicoine joined 15 Norwich teammates as Krampade All-American Scholars, selected by the American Hockey Coaches Association. In all, 721 Division II and Division III men’s hockey student-athletes earned the honor, which required a 3.6 GPA in the fall and spring semesters.

As Krampade All-American Scholars, Chicoine joined fellow seniors Connor Swystun (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Michael Korol (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Ryan Boucher (Fitchburg, Massachusetts), juniors Alex Monteleone (Montreal) and Brett Ouderkirk (Monkland, Ontario), and sophomores Andrew Albano (Hamilton, Ontario) and Braedyn Aubin (Woodstock, Ontario) in earning the honor for the second straight season.

Seniors Scott Swanson (Wheaton, Illinois) and Michael Green (Montreal) earned the honor for the first time. Sophomores Jon Banovetz (Eagle River, Alaska) and Niks Krollis (Riga, Latvia), and freshmen Patrick O’Neal (Indiana, Pennsylvania.), Landon Pavlisin (Orange, California) and Logan vande Meerakker (Dieppe, New Brunswick) rounded out Norwich’s honorees.


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