Omaha junior forward Ryan Walters is one of 25 players named a CCM Hockey Division I All-American, it was announced on Friday by the American Hockey Coaches Association. He is one of three forwards on the West Second Team.
Walters is just the fourth Maverick to earn the honor and the first since 2007 when Scott Parse earned the second of two All-American nods.
Walters was a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the nation's top college hockey player, by scoring 52 points (22-30-52) in 39 games during the 2012-13 season. St. Cloud State forward Drew LeBlanc won the Hobey Baker Award on Friday. LeBlanc led the nation with 37 assists in 42 games. He scored 13 goals and finished with 50 points.
Walters scored points in 28 of the last 32 games (22-27-49). His plus/minus rating of +26 is a school record. He finished as the WCHA's scoring champion with 16 goals and 24 assists for 40 points in 28 games and was named to the All-WCHA First Team and the All-WCHA Academic Team. He was also a WCHA scholar athlete and was a member of the All-College Hockey News First Team.
Walters was named the Hockey Commissioners Association national player of the month for November, the first Maverick in recent memory to win the award. Walters had six goals and nine assists for 15 points and a +8 rating in seven games to help the Mavericks to a perfect 7-0-0 record. During that stretch, he scored goals in five straight games. After being held off the board in the first game of the month, he scored at least two points in each of the other six games and extended his point streak into December with two assists in UNO's 3-2 loss at Minnesota on December 1st.
With 52 points this season, Walters tied for the second highest single-season point total in school history with the school's all-time leading scorer, Parse, who had seasons of 61 and 52 points as a junior and senior respectively.
Walters' 22 goals are tied with David Brisson (2001-02) for fourth best in UNO history. He has earned 100 career points, one of just 13 Mavericks to reach that mark. Walters also has played in 114 consecutive games, missing only one in his UNO career.
The Mavericks now can boast six All-Americans in their history. Defenseman Greg Zanon earned back-to-back second team honors in 2001 and 2002 while forward Jeff Hoggan also was a second team pick in 2002. Parse picked up UNO's only first team selection in 2006 in addition to his second team honor in 2007.