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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 24, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby's College's Arthur Fritch (St. Sebastian's/South Boston, Mass.) and T.J. Kelley (Taft School/Ridgefield, Conn.) are among the best Division III men's hockey players in the country after earning first team All-America honors by the American Hockey Coaches Association.
Fritch is a first team All-American for the second straight year and is just the second Colby player in program history to earn national honors for a second time. Robert Koh earned honors three times from 1997 to 1999.
Kelley is the 14th player to be named an All-American for Colby and joins Fritch as teammates earning honors in the same year for just the fourth time. Ron Ryan and Frank Stephenson were honored after the 1961-62 season, Dan Lavergne and Koh were selected in 1996-97, and Fritch and Greg Osborne were both named to the team last year.
"Colby has been very fortunate over the past two years to have four All-Americans chosen by the American Hockey Coaches Association. This is a direct reflection of the type of student-athlete Colby attracts to our competitive academic and athletic programs,'' Colby head coach Jim Tortorella said. "TJ and Arthur are worthy to be considered one of the best players in the entire country. It's an honor to have been involved in their development as players, and most importantly, their growth as people.''
Fritch, a three-time all-conference selection for the New England Small College Athletic Conference, is Colby's all-time leader in defensemen scoring (32 goals, 84 assists, 116 points) and assists. He is 14th all-time in scoring in program history.
Fritch ranked third in the NESCAC this season in defensemen scoring with nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points and was tied for first in game-winning goals with four. He also was tied for sixth in the conference in power play goals (5) and was tied for eighth in scoring.
Kelley was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was selected to the all-conference team for the second time in his career. Kelley led the NESCAC in scoring (19 goals, 24 assists, 43 points) and was second in both goals and assists. His nine power play goals led the league and he was tied for fifth in game-winning goals (3).
Kelley finished his career at 10th all-time in scoring with 56 goals and 70 assists for 126 points. He and Fritch helped Colby (15-9-1) finish first in the NESCAC regular season standings and earn the top seed in the conference playoffs.
American Hockey Coaches Association All-Americans
First Team East
Keith Longo, Hobart, junior, goalie; Arthur Fritch, Colby, senior, defense; Tom Maldonado, Middlebury, senior, defense; T.J. Kelley, Colby, senior, forward; Rick Cleaver, Norwich, senior, forward; Mike Richard, Elmira, senior
Second Team East
Casey Tuttle, Elmira, sophomore, goalie; Nic Dumoulin, Elmira, junior, defense; Mike Westerman, Bowdoin, senior, defense; Ryan Ellis, Oswego, junior, forward; Nikita Kashirsky, Norwich, junior, forward; Neil Trimm, Neumann, senior, forward