Potulny, Kessel and Goligoski honored

The three players were honored by USCHO.com on Tuesday.

Chris Lempesis

A trio of Minnesota’s men’s hockey players – junior forward Ryan Potulny, sophomore defenseman Alex Goligoski and freshman forward Phil Kessel – continued to pile up their postseason accolades as the three earned All-USCHO honors Tuesday.

Potulny, who just last week decided to skip his senior season in order to sign a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, was named to the All-USCHO first team. He had 38 goals and 25 assists (63 points) in 41 games last season.

Kessel, who finished second only to Potulny in scoring for the Gophers in 2005-2006 (18-33-51 in 39 games), was voted to the All-Rookie Team.

Goligoski, third for Minnesota in scoring last season (11-28-39 in 41 games), was given honorable mention status.

The All-USCHO honors come less than a week after the three received similar honors from InsideCollegeHockey.com.

Inside College Hockey named Potulny to its All-America First Team, Goligoski to its All-America Third Team and Kessel to its All-Rookie Team/Inside College Hockey Rookie of the Year.

The three might not be done being honored either as the American Hockey Coaches Association will announce its All-America teams later this week.

In addition, it was announced last week that coach Don Lucia has been named as a finalist for the 2005-2006 Spencer Penrose Award. The award is given annually to the NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey coach of the year. Lucia previously won the award in 1994 as coach of Colorado College.

The award will be presented during the American Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year Banquet, to be held April 29 in Naples, Fla.