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Kyle Schoppel '08
Schoppel paced all conference rookies with 34 points on 16 goals and 18 assists, second only to Kretzman among Amherst’s scoring leaders.

Kretzman, Schoppel Earn NESCAC Honors

March 2, 2005

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior co-captain forward Beau Kretzman (Edina, MN) earned men’s hockey All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors for the fourth consecutive season, while rookie forward Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, Ontario) was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year on Wednesday.

Kretzman was a first-team pick for the second time in three years, having earned first-team honors as a sophomore and second-team plaudits during his freshman and junior seasons. He was also the 2001-02 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, when he eclipsed a number of Amherst single-season scoring records, including the college's all-time marks for goals (25), assists (19) and points (44) by a first-year. Kretzman finished his senior campaign among the conference and/or national leaders in a bevy of statistical categories, including points (39), goals (15), assists (24), short-handed points (4), power-play points (14) and power-play goals. He graduates as the program’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 143 career points on 72 goals and 71 assists.

"The thing about Beau is whenever he shoots, regardless of whether it's in practice, an open net or in a game, he's trying to score," says Amherst head coach Jack Arena '83. "In my 22 years, I've never had someone who absolutely has to score every time he shoots the puck like Beau does."

Schoppel paced all conference rookies with 34 points on 16 goals and 18 assists, second only to Kretzman among Amherst’s scoring leaders. He earned NESCAC Co-Player of the Week honors after tallying a pair of goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over previously unbeaten St. Michael’s, followed by a two-goal outing in a 5-5 tie against then second-ranked Norwich.

“Kyle’s a very smart player,” says Arena. “He’s always in the right place, and he knows how to finish when presented with an opportunity. We expected him to be a good player, but right now he’s produced even more than we’d hoped, and he’s a great kid.”

Amherst finished its season at 13-10-2 overall and 11-6-2 in conference play, earning the No. 5 seed in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, where they fell at fourth-seeded Bowdoin, 6-4.