Bruckler a first-team All-American

American Hockey Coaches Association honors Badger netminder

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Wisconsin junior goaltender Bernd Bruckler was named the first-team goaltender in the West, according to the American Hockey Coaches Association, which released its first- and second-team East and West All-American teams Wednesday.


Bruckler is only the third Badger goalie in history to earn All-American recognition. He achieved new school records with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in his 38 games this season. He is second on UW's career list with a .924 save percentage and 2.51 goals-against average.


He was also named the NCAA East Regional's Most Outstanding Player and racked up four Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Week honors, as well as a U.S. College Hockey Online national Defensive Player of the Week award. Bruckler was also selected as the WCHA's first-team all-league goaltender.


Minnesota junior defender Keith Ballard, Denver senior defender Ryan Caldwell, North Dakota junior forward Brandon Bochenski, Minnesota-Duluth senior forward Junior Lessard and North Dakota sophomore forward Zach Parise rounded out the six selected as the West's first-team All-Americans.

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