HOUGHTON, Mich. – Brent Baltus, Thomas Beretta, Devin Kero, Mitch Meek, and Dylan Steman of the Michigan Tech hockey team were named Krampade All-American Scholars for the 2017-18 school year, as announced by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).
The second-annual All-American Scholars list honors those student-athletes who have attained a 3.6 grade-point average or higher and played in at least 40 percent of his or her team's games during the respective season. A total of 488 Division I men and women were named AHCA All-American Scholars.
Baltus (Nanaimo, British Columbia) was the team captain and had a career-high 23 points with 11 goals and 12 assists. Baltus was named a WCHA Scholar-Athlete and to the WCHA All-Academic Team for the fourth season in a row. He finished his career with 133 games played and 66 points on 29 goals and 37 assists. Baltus held a 3.94 GPA last year while pursuing his MBA.
Beretta (King City, Ontario) appeared in 42-of-44 games for the Huskies during his sophomore season. He tallied 11 points with seven goals and four assists. The forward was a WCHA Scholar-Athlete and is a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team member. Beretta has played 82 career games for the Black and Gold and recently attended the Toronto Maple Leafs Development Camp. The business management major owns a 3.61 GPA.
Kero (Hancock, Michigan) received the honor for the second year in a row. He appeared in 16 games with 14 starts, leading the team with a .910 save percentage and a 2.50 goals against average. Kero was named the Winter Carnival MVP and a WCHA Goaltender of the Week on February 12. He was also named a WCHA Scholar-Athlete for the second time and to the WCHA All-Academic Team for the third season in a row. Kero had 3.84 GPA as he finished his business management degree.
Meek (Victoria, British Columbia) played 43-of-44 games in his first season with the Huskies. The defenseman tallied 10 points with three goals and seven assists. Meek had a three-point night on January 19 against Alaska with two goals and an assist. The business major has a 3.75 GPA.
Steman (Hanover, Minnesota) also received the award for the second straight season. He served as an alternate captain and played in a career-high 43 games, tallying 19 points on seven goals and 12 assists. He was named to the Ice Vegas Invitational All-Tournament Team and enters his final season with 57 career points in 117 games. Steman was named a WCHA Scholar-Athlete and to the WCHA All-Academic Team for the third season in a row. He wrapped up his mechanical engineering degree with a 3.97 GPA.
"On behalf of the entire WCHA, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to these tremendous student-athletes," said WCHA Commissioners Bill Robertson (Men's League) and Katie Million (Women's League) in a joint statement. "College athletics is about the total package – playing the sport you love, while setting the foundation for post-graduate success. We are honored that the young men and women who compete in the WCHA represent their schools and league in such remarkable fashion, both athletically and academically."
Added AHCA Executive Director Joe Bertagna: "We are extremely proud of this group of student-athletes who have competed at the highest levels of the game on the ice and matched that performance in the classroom. The sport demands a great deal from these athletes so it is a great statement they make, individually and collectively, with their ability to attain this level of academic achievement."