COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team earned the Northeast-10 Conference Team Academic Excellence Award for its sport for the 2016-17 school year after the Purple Knights combined for the highest cumulative grade-point average in the league. The Purple and Gold claimed the honor for the third time in seven seasons after the league established the award for the 2009-10 school year.
Saint Michael's, which fielded a 25-man roster this past winter under fifth-year head coach Damian DiGiulian, posted a 3.385 GPA during the 2016-17 school year, the best among the NE10's six men's ice hockey programs. The squad was among 17 Saint Michael's programs that compete in the NE10 to tally a 3.0 GPA.
The majority of the roster earned at least one academic laurel last school year, as 20 players landed on the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for at least one semester, necessitating a 3.0 term GPA. May graduates Danny Divis (Media, Pa./Minnesota Wilderness) and Connor Mitchell (New Milford, Conn./Kent School) both earned a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester, while rising sophomore John Barry (South Boston, Mass./Deerfield Academy) had a spotless mark during the fall. Divis also became the 11th Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America selection in College history thanks to his achievements both on and off the ice.
The NE10 Team Academic Excellence Award is bestowed upon teams with the top GPA among each of the league's 24 sponsored sports. In all, 80.1 percent of the programs in the conference totaled a 3.0 GPA in 2016-17.