The Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has announced its post-season awards and several members of Calvin's ACHA Division I hockey team have received GLCHL honors.
Calvin University head coach Mike Petrusma has been named the GLCHL Coach of the Year.
Calvin junior forward Jared Virtanen (Abbotsford, British Columbia / Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL)) has been named the GLCHL Most Valuable Player while freshman teammate Jacob Siebenga (Surrey, British Columbia / Dryden Ice Dogs (SIJHL) has been named the GLCHL Rookie of the Year.
Virtanen was an offensive force for the Knights, posting 29 goals, 35 assists and 64 points.
Siebenga was also an offensive catalyst, providing 24 goals, 28 assists and 52 points.
Virtanen and Siebenga have been named to the All-GLCHL First Team while junior goaltender Darrin Fox (Carmel, Indiana / Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL) has been named to the ALL-GLCHL Second Team. In his third season with the Knights, Fox was 14-7-2 in nets with a .914 save percentage, a 2.95 goals-against-average and three shutouts.
Siebenga and freshman defenseman Harmen Vining (Squamish, British Columbia / West Sound Admirals (WSHL)) have been named to the All-GLCHL Rookie Team. Vining tallied eight assists during his first season as a Knight.
In addition, senior defenseman and team captain Austin Huizenga (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Listowel Cyclones (GOJHL)) and junior forward Cal Erdmann (Rhinelander, Wisc. / Dells Ducks (USPHL-Elite) have been named to the GLCHL All-Defensive Team. On top of his stellar defensive play, Erdmann had four goals and seven assists during the 2019-20 season.
Finally, Virtanen, junior defenseman Riley Robertson (Saugeen Shores, ON / Listowel Cyclones (GOJHL)) and junior forward Christian Gums (Peyton, Col. / Pikes Peak Miners (RMJHL)) have been named to the GLCHL All-Academic Team. To receive the academic award, athletes needed to be either a junior or senior and hold a grade point average of 3.20 or higher.
The GLCHL consists of Division I teams from Adrian, Calvin, Davenport, Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley State, Kent State University, Oakland University and Western Michigan University.
"I consider all of these individual awards as team awards," said Calvin head coach Mike Petrusma. "Everyone was pulling in the same direction this season. Individual awards do not happen without team buy-in like we had this season. I feel privileged to lead a group of young men who buy into our culture as a group. We took some big steps forward but we have a lot of unfinished work to do yet."
Calvin finished the 2019-20 season with an overall record of 17-9-2 while earning its first-ever trip to the ACHA Division I National Tournament. Calvin's final season record was a sharp turnaround from its 2018-19 season when the Knights posted an overall record of 9-20.