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Minnesota State's Furry named CCHA Preseason Player of the Year, highlights preseason all-conference team

Furry was one of two Mavericks to make the preseason all-CCHA team while Northern Michigan's Joey Larson was named preseason rookie of the year. The awards were voted on by the league's coaches.

2022 Frozen Four - Minnesota State vs Minnesota
Brendan Furry (13) of the Minnesota State University Mavericks handles the puck against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a 2022 Division I Men’s Frozen Four semifinal game Thursday, April 7, 2022, at TD Garden in Boston.
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DEEPHAVEN, Minn. — Minnesota State, the preseason favorite to win the CCHA's regular season title , and Lake Superior State each landed two players on the Preseason all-CCHA team announced Monday, Sept. 19.

Mavericks senior Brendan Furry , a forward, was named the conference's Preseason Player of the Year. In helping the Mavericks to the Frozen Four championship game last season, Furry finished fourth in scoring in the CCHA with 44 points. His 31 assists were the third-most among Division I skaters. The captain has 18 goals and 39 assists in 72 career games for Minnesota State.

Also making the team voted on by the league's head coaches are Minnesota State junior defenseman Jake Livingstone, Louis Boudon (senior forward, Lake Superior State), AJ Vanderbeck (senior forward, Northern Michigan), Jacob Bengtsson (junior defenseman, Lake Superior State), Elias Rosen (senior defenseman, Bemidji State) and junior goaltender Blake Pietila of Michigan Tech.

Livingstone, who was named the league's defenseman of the year least season, had 31 points, tops in the league and ninth overall amongst the nation's blue-liners.

Bourdon finished seventh nationally in points per game (1.22), scoring 44 points for the Lakers. He has 90 career points (29 goals, 61 assists) in 103 games.


Vanderbeck earned All-CCHA Second Team honors in 2021-22 after amassing a league-best 24 goals to go along with 19 assists for 43 points in 36 games for Northern Michigan. His 0.67 goals per game ranked second in the country.

Lake Superior State's Bengtsson notched three goals and 24 assists in 36 games last season, picking up the league's player of the week and player of the month awards in October.

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Bemidji State's Rosen was an all-CCHA first team pick last season, scoring seven times and collecting 19 assists. His four game-winning goals ranked third overall in the CCHA.

Michigan Tech's Pietila owned the net for the Huskies last season, starting all 37 games and posting a 21-13-3 record with a 1.91 goals against average. He was a semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award as the nation's top netminder.

Northern Michigan freshman named preseason rookie of the year

Forward Joey Larson has been selected as the CCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year, voted on by the league's eight coaches.

Named Michigan's Mr. Hockey following a stellar prep career in 2019, Larson played for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL a season ago, scoring 32 goals and adding 34 assists.

Rob Beer is the digital content manager for Forum Communications. A journalist with Forum Communications since 1991, he is the editor of The Rink Liveand assists with Northland Outdoors and other content produced by the company.
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