>Jones, Effinger, Honored With Athlete of the Year Honors
>Former RedHawks Ryan Jones and Charlie Effinger have both been presented with Athlete of the Year Honors. Jones was awarded “Male Athlete of the Year” and Effinger, the “Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.”
Here is the writeup, from MURedhawks.com on Jones:
(Chatham, Ontario) was one of three 2008 Hobey Baker finalists and earned 2008 ACHA West All-America First Team honors. A three-time all-CCHA honoree, Jones earned first-team accolades in 2007-08. He captained the RedHawks to a school-record 33 victories during the 2007-08 campaign as Miami spent 10 weeks ranked No. 1. Jones finished the 2007-08 season with 31 goals, giving him 90 for his career and placing him second on the school’s all-time scoring list. His 31 goals ranked third nationally and was the first 30-goal season for a Miami player since 1992-93. Jones finished his collegiate career with 21 game-winning goals, tying him with two other players for the second-most game-winners in Division I history. Setting the program record for games played (161), Jones played in every game during his four-year Miami career and propelled the RedHawks to three NCAA Tournament appearances, a No. 1 regional seeding in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and a regular-season CCHA title in 2005-06. Additionally, Jones was named a National Strength and Conditioning All-American in 2008. He is currently signed with the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators.
(Belleville, Ill.), who boasted a 3.51 GPA and majored in American studies and political science, was a part of three NCAA Tournament appearances, a No. 1 regional seeding in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and a regular-season CCHA title in 2005-06. In 2007-08, the RedHawks spent 10 weeks ranked No. 1 in the country and compiled a school-record 33 wins. Effinger–who was considered the consummate team player–was a 2008 Spirit of Miami Award recipient, presented to the male and female senior student-athletes whose playing time did not deter their enthusiastic commitment to their team. In 2007-08, Effinger appeared in eight games and amassed a perfect 6-0 record and finished his career with an impressive mark of 32-12-4. As a sophomore, Effinger was named the CCHA’s Best Goaltender and was a second-team all-CCHA selection, ranking first in the league and second nationally in goals-against average and save percentage.
Congrats to both! Another example of how Miami University excels on the ice, in the classroom and in the community.