December 02, 2013
University of North Dakota defensemen Troy Stecher has garnered weekly honors from the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) for his play in North Dakota’s non-conference split with St. Lawrence last weekend.
Stecher was named the NCHC Defenseman of the Week while Thompson was named the league’s rookie of the week. Miami junior forward Austin Czarnik was named NCHC Offensive Player of the Week and Western Michigan junior Frank Slubowski was named NCHC Goaltender of the Week.
Stecher, a freshman from Richmond, British Columbia, was a +1 each night against St. Lawrence and assisted on Connor Gaarder’s go-ahead, power-play goal late in the second period of Saturday’s 3-2 victory.
Stecher helped UND hold the nation’s top power play scoreless in three chances on Saturday and was UND’s only defenseman to register a positive plus/minus in the series.
With a goal and four assists through 14 games this season, Stecher is tied for the team scoring lead among freshmen.
Stecher, last year’s captain of the Penticton Vees, committed to UND in the spring, after garnering kudos as the top D-man during the team’s championship run at the RBC Cup Playoffs last May, scoring 15 points in 26 games.
Stecher posted 20 points (5g, 15a) in 54 games as a rookie with Penticton in 2010-11 and is a 2012 graduate of Penticton High School.
Stecher played midget for Richmond Minor before joining the Vees.
Local hockey fans will have chance to see Stecher live January 3 and 4th when the Fighting Sioux roll into to Burnaby for two game Great Northwest Showcase weekend against SFU Clan and UBC Thunderbirds.
The Sioux are carrying 13 NHL draft picks including a first rounder.