DENVER, Colo. – For the first time in program history, four members of the University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team have been selected to the Division I RBK All-America team on Friday night as chosen by the American Hockey Coaches Association at the Frozen Four in Denver, Colo.
Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) and Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) were selected as first team All-Americans, while Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) and Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.) were second-team honorees. Prior to this quartet, just 24 others in program history had earned this prestigious distinction. UNH has had an All-American in each of the past 12 seasons dating back to 1997. The programs first All-American was netminder Rod Blackburn in 1961. In 2003, the program had three All Americans, Colin Heimingway, Mike Ayers and Lanny Gare. The last player to earn All-America status was Trevor Smith, who was a second-team honoree a year ago.
Regan leaves UNH after having one of the most decorated seasons in UNH history. He was named a Hobey Baker finalist, Hockey East Player of the Year, New England’s Most Valuable Player, Walter Brown Award winner (given annually to the top American born college hockey player in New England) and selected to the All-Hockey East First Team. He posted a 2.21 GAA and a .930 save percentage, which ranked sixth nationally. The senior netminder garnered the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week seven times this season and broke numerous goaltending records in the process. Regan leaves as the career leader in wins (70), saves (3,235), save percentage (.928), minutes played (6598:31) and games played (112). In a rich history of goaltending at UNH, Regan leaves as the only goaltender in UNH history to capture back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Flaishans, a first team All-Hockey East and a New England All Star, was among the top offensive defensemen in Hockey East ranking third at 0.65 ppg (5g, 19a). He’s the leading scorer among UNH defenseman and had a +8 rating this season. Recently selected to the Frozen Four Skills Challenge team, Flaishans posted a career-best 24 points as he finished his career with 67 points in 144 games.
Fornataro, a second-team All-Hockey East selection and a New England All Star, led the Wildcats in scoring at 46 points (18g, 28a). A senior captain, Fornataro appeared in 156 games over four years at UNH, tallying 44 goals, 74 assists as he ranked the top 50 all-time scorers in UNH history.
Radja, a first-team All-Hockey East selection and a New England All Star, ranked second behind Fornataro in scoring, but led the 'Cats with 19 goals including his team-best six game-winning goals which ranked fourth nationally. Radja was College Hockey Association's National Player of the Month in February and earned Inside College Hockey's National Player of the Week on Feb. 11. He led the 'Cats to an unbeaten mark of 7-0-1 during February.