COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey senior Danny Divis (Media, Pa./Minnesota Wilderness) was one of 12 student-athletes chosen for the Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 At-Large team on Thursday, becoming the ninth student-athlete in College history to land the accolade multiple times. He also claimed the honor as a junior.
As the lone Division II men's ice hockey player in the nation to land an All-District accolade, turning that feat for the second straight year, Divis joins Michel Dupont '98 as the only members of his program to earn the honor twice. At least one Saint Michael's student-athlete has been recognized with the award in 15 consecutive school years, with Divis joining women's basketball sophomore Emily Ferreri as being lauded in 2016-17.
Divis earned an accolade voted upon by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) while advancing to the Academic All-America national ballot, which will be considered later this month. Academic All-America selections will be announced in June. Of the 12 All-District picks, Divis was among 10 Northeast-10 Conference representatives.
Despite his senior season ending nearly three months ago, the honors keep rolling in for Divis, one of the highest-scoring defensemen in NCAA Division II/III ice hockey, with four goals and 15 assists this year. For his career, Divis had 49 assists and 66 points in 100 contests, and was named all-conference by New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) and NE10 coaches for the second straight year this winter, finishing with five all-league laurels during his career. Divis was also a semifinalist for the 2017 Joe Concannon Award, which recognizes the top American-born NCAA Division II/III men's ice hockey player in New England.
The winner of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 NE10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards for men's ice hockey, Divis claimed NE10 Academic All-Conference honors three times in a career that saw him land Rookie of the Year laurels from two leagues as a first-year. Last month, he and senior Justin McKenzie earned the prestigious Hockey Humanitarian Award, being spotlighted due greatly in part to them establishing Hope Happens Here, a movement dedicated to promoting mental health awareness in college students, in particular student-athletes.
Divis holds membership in the Chi Alpha Sigma, Delta Epsilon Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies while carrying a 3.850 cumulative grade-point average. In the last week alone, he has earned campus honors with the College's John Reiss Award for English; and the Department of Athletics' Diane Claire Foster Award, for sacrifice and service to others; and the Roger F. Keleher '15 Award as the top male scholar-athlete in the senior class.
To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, and be a starter or significant reserve. The NCAA Division II District 1 consists of members of the NE10, Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and East Coast Conference (ECC). Through the Academic All-America program, CoSIDA names separate teams at each the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III levels, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.