Press Release Courtesy of Norwich Office of Athletic Communications
Senior goalie Braeden Ostepchuk (Lethbridge, Alberta) of the Norwich University men's ice hockey team was named a College Sports Information Directors of American (Co-SIDA) Academic All-District honoree for the third straight year on Thursday afternoon.
Ostepchuk is the first three-time Academic All-District honoree in Norwich University history. Last year, he became just the second two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in school history and the 11th overall selection after earning First Team At-Large category honors in 2017. He was named to the Third Team in 2016.
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.
The CoSIDA Academic All-American program recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Ostepchuk was one of 10 student-athletes selected to the District I Region team.
Ostepchuk held a 4.0 cumulative GPA through all eight semesters at Norwich as a mechanical engineering major. He won the Freshmen Award for having the top GPA in the entire freshmen class last year. He is a four-time University scholar, three -time NEHC All-Academic team selection and also won the Freshman Engineer Award. He has also volunteered with Special Olympics events on campus and participated in the National Walk to School Day event with local community school children.
Ostepchuk became the fifth NU men's ice hockey player in the last nine years to win the prestigious NCAA Elite 90 Award at the 2017 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship for having the highest cumulative GPA out of all the student-athletes at the championship.
He also had a lead role in the Norwich University student team that won the third annual NASA Big Idea Challenge in March for their prototype that focused on an innovative flexible solar array design using inflatable booms to provide a compact stowed configuration and low launch mass for implantation on Mars.
On the ice, Ostepchuk had another historic season becoming the program all-time leader in career shutouts and moving all the way up to second on the all-time goalie win list with 51 career victories.
He was also named the NEHC Goalie of the Year and earned First Team All-Conference honors, marking the second straight year he earned NEHC All-Conference honors. He posted a 12-5-2 record with a 2.04 goals against average (16th nationally) and a .924 save percentage (29th nationally). He also had three shutouts to tie for ninth nationally.
In 2016-17 as a junior, Ostepchuk backstopped the Cadets to the program's fourth NCAA Division III National Championship. He led the nation with a perfect 16-0-0 record for a 1.000 winning percentage, becoming the first NU goaltender to accomplish that feat in program history.
Ostepchuk is a two-time PrimeLink All-Tournament Team selection and two-time Northfield Savings Bank All-Tournament team selection.
Ostepchuk marks the sixth time in the last seven years that a male NU ice hockey player has earned Academic All-District.
Ostepchuk will each be added to the pool of candidates for At-Large Academic All-American honors, which will be announced in early June. He will look to become the first three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in Norwich University history after earning third team honors in 2016 and first team honors in 2017.
Norwich has had eight CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in the last six years with Greg Payne '15, men's soccer (2012, 2013); Colin Mulvey '13, men's ice hockey (2013); Andrew Banuskevich '14, football (2012); Pier-Olivier Cotnoir '13 (2012), men's ice hockey and Julie Fortier '12, women's ice hockey (2012).