COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey senior Nic Hermary (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Melfort Mustangs) and sophomore Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School) were among 72 student-athletes across seven sports selected for a Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference honor for the winter athletic season, the NE10 announced on Tuesday.
Both landed the accolade for the first time in their careers, while Mitchell is the fourth member of his program to be selected as a sophomore. Saint Michael's was the only program to claim multiple honorees on the six-man NE10 Academic All-Conference team, with Mitchell the lone underclassman chosen. Purple Knight men's ice hockey players have now earned the laurel 22 times in the past 12 seasons.
A second-year assistant captain, Hermary registered career highs in goals (11), points (15), power-play goals (5) and game-winners (3) as a senior forward, including potting two goals in three consecutive games in early December before scoring all three goals in a two-game series sweep at Franklin Pierce University on Feb. 15-16 that clinched the Purple Knights a postseason berth. He added a goal during a 3-2 loss to Southern New Hampshire University in an NE10 Championship semifinal, giving him two different three-game goal streaks during the season.
Hermary, who landed a spot on the NE10 Championship All-Championship Team, is well decorated for his work off the ice, as well. An engineering major with a 3.57 cumulative grade-point average, Hermary has qualified six times for the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, twice earned a Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) Academic Achievement Award, and claimed American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All American Scholar and New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) All-Academic nods once apiece.
Also a forward, Mitchell dished off a career-high nine assists while collecting a personal-best 14 points, matching his high in goals (5) along the way. He finished plus-2 and added three power-play tallies. Eleven points came in NE10 play, including when Mitchell posted two goals and an assist versus Saint Anselm College on Nov. 2 before adding two goals and an assist in a Feb. 1-2 weekend series on the Hawks' home ice.
Mitchell carries a 3.98 GPA as a double major in business administration and accounting. He has landed on the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll three times in as many semesters.
The NE10 Academic All-Conference teams are chosen by a vote of committee of athletic administrators and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FAR). To be eligible for selection to the academic all-conference teams, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1) participated in at least half of the team's competitions and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative GPA; and 3) completed at least one academic year at their current institution.