Trio named to All-Academic team

A triumverate of Greater Trail hockey players were named to the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) All-Academic Team last week.

A triumverate of Greater Trail hockey players were named to the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) All-Academic Team last week.

Former Trail Smoke Eaters captain, and graduating Yale forward Kevin Limbert was named to the team for a fourth consecutive year. Joining him on the All-Academic squad are sophomores Connor and Kellen Jones from Quinnipiac University.

Limbert, a Fruitvale native, recently completed his senior season with Yale University, and was one of only 32 players from the league named to the all-academic squad for four years in a row. The mechanical engineering student skated in every game with the Bulldogs this year, adding five goals and five assists on the season.

He made 214 regular-season appearances with the Smoke Eaters between 2004 and 2008, recording two 50-point seasons. He was named team MVP twice and was also named to the BCHL Interior Conference All-Star Team in 2008.

The Jones twins, former Montrose minor hockey products, played for the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL, leading them to RBC Cups in 2009 and 2010, and this year they shared team MVP honours for the Quinnipiac Bobcats.

The Jones’ put together a brilliant year playing on the same line, that resulted in both being named assistant captains for the 2012-13 season. Connor, a seventh round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, led the team with 41 points, on the strength of 13 goals and 28 assists, while Kellen finished with 14 goals and 22 assists for 36 points.

The two were the only players in the Quinnipiac line-up to reach double figures in points and assists for the year. Connor was also chosen as just the fourth player in Quinnipiac’s ECAC hockey history to earn all-league honours.

The trio joins 34 BCHL graduates named to the ECAC All-Academic Team this week. Student-athletes had to achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better or have a GPA of 3.00 or above over the past three semesters to qualify.