Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Zucker Looks To Become Freshman Scoring Champ

(above) DU's Jason Zucker has been turning heads this season
From: Denver Post
by Mike Chambers

In a proud manner, Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais said he isn't surprised to see freshman Jason Zucker on the brink of winning the Western Collegiate Hockey Association scoring title.

"I saw this coming," Blais said after Zucker scored his 19th and 20th goals Saturday, leading the University of Denver to a 4-2 victory over the Mavericks at the Qwest Center in Omaha. "He's a special player."

WCHA spokesman Doug Spencer said Monday that Zucker is on pace to become the first freshman to win the scoring title (LetsGoDU Edit: DU's Vic Venasky led the WCHA in scoring in 1970-71) [read entire article].

Click on scoring chart to enlarge

3 comments:

vizoroo said...

Zucker, Frattin, the Connollys and Drew Shore--pretty high powered group

dggoddard said...

Paul Stastny's Freshman stats at DU...

40 games, 15 goals, 27 assists

Just sayin'

du78 said...

All this talk about Jason Zucker possibly being the first frosh to win the WCHA scoring title can be put to bed. DU's own Vic Venasky won the WCHA scoring title as a frosh in 1970/71. This has been confirmed with a player on that team as well as the WCHA yearbook. The 1970-71 stats and winners from the yearbook are below. Vic averaged 1.77 points per game. If Jay Z wins the scoring title he will be joining a very elite group. Funny that Vic won the scoring title but not WCHA Freshman of the Year. He made the All WCHA 2nd Team and was an All American as a frosh. Great player for DU as I got to see him play in '71/72 before he turned pro..

[QUOTE]1970-71 wcha standings
Rk Team (Overall/Pct.) GP W L T Pct GF GA
1 Michigan Tech (25-6-2/.788) 22 18 4 0 .818 112 62
2 Denver (25-10-1/.708) 22 15 7 0 .682 114 92
3 Wisconsin (20-13-1/.603) 22 13 9 0 .591 102 77
4 Michigan State (19-12-0/.613) 22 12 10 0 .545 101 97
5 Minnesota (14-17-2/.455) 22 9 12 1 .432 77 88
6 Minnesota Duluth (16-17-1/.485) 24 10 14 0 .417 98 106
7 North Dakota (14-17-2/.455) 26 10 15 1 .404 92 116
8 Colorado College (11-17-1/.397) 18 7 11 0 .389 81 100
9 Michigan (9-21-0/.300) 22 5 17 0 .227 77 116
WCHA Champion: Michigan Tech. WCHA Playoff Champions: Minnesota, Denver. NCAA 2nd Place: Minnesota.
[B]WCHA Scoring Champion: Vic Venasky, F, DU (22 gp, 14-25–39).[/B] WCHA Goaltending Champion: Morris
Trewin, MTU (11 gp, 2.55 gaa). WCHA Most Valuable Player: Rob Murray, D, MTU. WCHA Freshman of the
Year: Mike Usitalo, F, MTU. WCHA Coach of the Year: John MacInnes, MTU. Denver Post All-WCHA First Team:
G - Morris Trewin, MTU; D - Rob Murray, MTU; D - Mike Christie, DU; F - Bob Collyard, CC; F - Don Thompson,
Michigan State; F - Walt Ledingham, UMD. Denver Post All-WCHA Second Team: G - Glenn ‘Chico’ Resch,
UMD; D - Wally Olds, UM; D - John Jagger, UW; F - Mike Usitalo, MTU; F - Vic Venasky, DU; F - Murray Heatley,
UW. All-Americans: G - Morris Trewin, MTU; D - Mike Christie, DU; D - Rob Murray, MTU; F - Walt Ledingham,
UMD; F - Don Thompson, Michigan State; F - Vic Venasky, DU.[/QUOTE]