There’s room for 2: Northern Michigan University’s Troy Loggins, Adam Rockwood each picked WCHA Preseason Player of the Year in separate polls

Northern Michigan University’s Troy Loggins, center, passes the puck to teammate Adam Rockwood on Nov. 11 in a game against Michigan Tech at the Berry Events Center in Marquette. (Journal file photo by Corey Kelly)

Wildcats’ hockey season openers:

• First games: at Michigan State, Oct. 12-13

• First home games: vs. Bemidji State, Oct. 26-27

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MARQUETTE — Two Northern Michigan University forwards took a big step forward last season and for that, they were recognized as the players to beat in the WCHA Player of the Year race.

Troy Loggins

Seniors Adam Rockwood and Troy Loggins were each picked as a WCHA Preseason Player of the Year in separate polls. Rockwood took first in the WCHA coaches poll, while Loggins was the top finisher in the media poll.

Rockwood led the Wildcats in points last season with 48 as his 40 assists led the nation. For that breakout year, he earned a spot on the All-WCHA Second Team.

Loggins was second for Northern in points with 47 and goals with 23 last season as he was an All-WCHA First Team selection.

On Monday, both were named to the coaches’ All-WCHA team, while only Loggins got a spot on the media’s All-WCHA First Team.

Also earning spots on the coaches’ All-WCHA team were defenseman Phil Beaulieu and goaltender Atte Tolvanen.

Adam Rockwood

Beaulieu led the country among defenseman with 42 points and 11 goals and he was a Second Team All-American, while Tolvanen was named to the All-WCHA First Team and was WCHA Goaltender of the Year.

Both Beaulieu and Tolvanen made the media’s First Team on Monday.

Rockwood and forward Darien Craighead made the media’s All-WCHA Second Team.

Craighead was an All-WCHA Third Team selection after a 17-goal, 34-point season. He also led the NCAA in game-winning goals with six.

NMU newcomer Griffin Loughran was recognized in the polls as he received one vote in the coaches Preseason Rookie of the Year poll. Ferris State defenseman Cooper Zech earned that award.

The Wildcats open the season Oct. 12-13 at Michigan State and play their first series at home on Oct. 26-27 against Bemidji State.

Ryan Stieg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.