SCSU notebook: Emma Polusny is named Academic All-American; Nick Perbix named Senior Athlete of the Year

Goalie, the first Huskies player to earn All-WCHA First Team honors, became the first to earn CoSIDA academic honor.

Emma Polusny was named an Academic All-American by the College of Sports Information Directors on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Polusny had a 3.98 grade-point average.
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Add one more career college honor for St. Cloud State goalie Emma Polusny.

Polusny, a 23-year-old from Mound, Minn., was named to the College of Sports Information Directors Academic All-America Second Team on Wednesday. She is the first Huskies women's hockey player to earn that honor.

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After the season, Polusny was the first St. Cloud State women's player to earn All-WCHA First Team honors and the first to be named the conference's Goaltender of the Year.

Playing her fifth season with SCSU, she had a 3.98 grade-point average while pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree. In her final semester, she had a 4.0 GPA.

On the ice, Polusny was 4-10-3 with a .923 save percentage and 3.05 goals-against average. She had three games where she had more than 50 saves in a game (54 vs. Wisconsin, Jan. 28; 55 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 11; 54 vs. Ohio State, Feb. 25).


CoSIDA Academic All-America teams are selected by the sports information directors and athletic communication representatives at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels. Honorees must have been selected a First Team Academic All-District recipient to be consider for All-America status.

Polusny recently signed a contract to play this fall for Leksands IF in the Swedish Women's Hockey League.

Team USA's Nick Perbix (6) warms up with the puck
Team USA's Nick Perbix (6) warms up with the puck before the men's ice hockey preliminary round of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games against Team Canada at National Indoor Stadium.
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Perbix named SCSU Male Athlete of the Year

Former St. Cloud State defenseman Nick Perbix has been named the university's Senior Male Athlete of the Year.

Perbix, a 24-year-old from Elk River, Minn., was named to the All-NCHC First Team and played for Team USA at the 2022 Winter Olympics. He is the 10th Huskies player to earn First Team honors.

In 31 games with the Huskies, he led the team in assists (25), was second in points (31), third in blocked shots (38), had 14 penalty minutes and was a plus-1.

Perbix finishes his college career with 22 goals, 89 points and was a plus-21 in 135 games. The 89 points are the sixth-best mark for an SCSU defenseman in the NCAA Division I era and his 67 assists are seventh.


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Perbix was an All-NCHC Second Team pick as a junior when he had seven goals and 23 points and was a plus-8 in 31 games. As a freshman in 2018-19, Perbix had 20 points and was a plus-24 in 39 games and was named to the All-NCHC Rookie Team.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, he signed a contract with the organization after the college season ended. With the Syracuse Crunch, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Lightning, he played in 17 games in the regular season and playoffs and had two goals, nine points, two penalty minutes and was a plus-3.

In the Olympics, he played in four games and had an assist and was a plus-3.

The 18-year-old defenseman from Lake Elmo, Minn., and Hill-Murray High School graduate, is ranked No. 125 among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their final 2022 draft prospect rankings. The NHL Entry Draft will be held July 7-8 in Montreal
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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014.
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