COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey May graduate Danny Divis (Media, Pa./Minnesota Wilderness) was named to the Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America At-Large third team on Wednesday, becoming just the 11th student-athlete in school history to be named Academic All-America. He joins Michel Dupont '98 as the lone Purple Knight men's ice hockey players to ever be lauded, with Dupont doing so in 1996-97 and 1997-98.
Divis, who advanced to the national ballot after earning an Academic All-District 1 selection last month, was one of 45 men from across Division II to be lauded on three teams due to their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom. He was one of three from the Northeast-10 Conference, and landed on the 15-player third squad. Divis was chosen from a pool of student-athletes from a wide variety of sports, as at-large honorees this spring competed in fencing, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling. He was the only men's ice hockey player chosen. Winners were selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Divis was one of the highest-scoring defensemen in NCAA Division II/III ice hockey, with four goals and 15 assists this year, while earning multiple conference and regional honors, and landing the prestigious Hockey Humanitarian Award. He shared the latter accolade with fellow men's ice hockey May graduate Justin McKenzie, and the duo will have the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park on Saturday, Aug. 5, when the Boston Red Sox host the Chicago White Sox.
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. In April, he and 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. Toward the end of May, he also earned campus honors with the College's John Reiss Award for English; 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.