FARGO, N.D.--Michael Hoy (South Lyon, Mich./Texas Tornado, NAHL), a recent graduate of the Adrian College men's hockey program, has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® Men's At-Large Division III Third Team. That announcement was made Tuesday by the national organization.
The CoSIDA at-large program comprises 12 men's Olympic-style sports in the NCAA's largest division. Hoy is the first hockey player in the College's history to be selected for this award and joins Michael Mertz (Men's Tennis in 2016) as the Bulldogs' only at-large honorees.
"This is a special award for both Michael and our hockey program," said head coach Adam Krug '12, who completed his third year on the Bulldogs bench. "It encompasses the true meaning of what a student athlete is. To me, it makes sense that Michael has been named a CoSIDA All-American as he was a leader both on and off the ice. He is the epitome of a model citizen and student."
The only Northern Collegiate Hockey Association student-athlete chosen 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America®, Hoy is a member of five national honor societies. He graduated with a double-degree in biology and Spanish, recording a 3.95 grade-point average and received the Alpha Chi Scholarship Award. He is enrolled for graduate school at the University of Kentucky on scholarship studying speech and language pathology. He served as a biology tutor to his fellow classmates at Adrian College.
"It is an incredible honor to receive this recognition and to represent Adrian College in this way. I have been so fortunate to work with some great professors over the years; professors that not only care about their teaching but care about the success of their students as well," stated Hoy. "Not only did the Adrian experience involve building relationships with professors but even with (College) President Jeffrey Docking, who invests his time in getting involved with the students through their athletics and organizations. That is something that most students at other universities don't have the opportunity of doing."
On the ice this season, he contributed a goal and had nine assists for 10 total points from his defensive position in 28 games played. He notched eight points in conference-play only. He helped the Bulldogs (20-7-2 overall) to a Peters Cup regular-season three-peat with a 17-3 NCHA record, the program's seventh NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship appearance, No. 4 year-end national ranking and third-place national finish. Hoy was the 2017 runner-up for the Elite 90 in men's hockey, tabulating the second-best overall GPA at the finals site. He was a member of the 2014 All-NCHA Freshman Team.
Hoy's community service included Spanish translator for UK Dental Clinic, Adrian College Rake & Run, Habitat for Humanity, Adrian College President's Dinner server and Learn to Skate. In addition, he traveled to Argentina to work for the Vamos a hacerlo organization to pick up trash and clean up the coast of the Río de la plata River. He also worked in the Study Abroad office at AC.
Hoy added: "A lot of hard work and dedication went into these last four years at Adrian College, both on and off the ice. It's not always easy for student-athletes to balance the lifestyle of classes, practice, workouts, and studying, not to mention missed classes due to team travel. However, being able to develop time management skills is an invaluable tool to have going forward. I am so grateful for my parents, who instilled the right values in me and emphasized the importance of hard work.
"I take a lot of pride in my work, whether it's a written assignment or my performance on the ice. Not only do I want to be proud of my own work, but I want to make others proud, like my family, who made all of this possible. Written on one of the walls in the locker room is the saying, 'Be proud of the way we work,' which resonated with me every day in the room and will continue to do so.
All told, Adrian has produced 21 CoSIDA Academic All-America® certificates and Hoy is the third Bulldog in as many years to be honored.
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