March 11, 2013
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. -- The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced today (Monday, March 11) that University of Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) is one of the six players on its 2012-13 CCHA All-Rookie team. Wolverine forward Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) received All-Rookie honorable mention.
"The defensive strength (for Trouba) is his physicality, his reach and his defensive awareness," said U-M head coach Red Berenson. "As much as Jacob is being known for his offensive instincts, his defensive instincts are just as strong."
Trouba leads CCHA d-men with 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points and is also number three is scoring for all CCHA freshmen (NCAA: tied for 15th). Trouba, who scored a power-play goal and added an assist Saturday night (March 9) against Northern Michigan in the 6-2 win, has also scored six power-play goals -- tied for first in the CCHA and fifth in the nation among freshmen, and tied for sixth in the CCHA and tied for 13th among all scorers nationally.
Trouba is the 14th Wolverine defenseman to receive this honor. It is also the sixth consecutive season that U-M has placed at least one player on all the CCHA Rookie team. The Wolverines have had 36 players selected to the All-CCHA Rookie team since its inception in 1988-89 -- the most of any school in the conference.
Nieves was named CCHA Gongshow Rookie of the Month for February after going on a six-goal, four-assist run playing in U-M's six games that month. His 10-point total marked the best February for any player in the entire NCAA. Nieves is currently second in overall freshman scoring in the CCHA with eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points (NCAA: tied for 11th).
The Wolverines continue play in the CCHA playoffs this weekend when they travel to Kalamazoo to play Western Michigan in the best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series starting Friday night (March 15) at 6:35 p.m. Fox Sports Detroit is set to televise game one.