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Petry, Vande Velde named Inside College Hockey All-Americans

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Chris Vande Velde led the Fighting Sioux in scoring in 2009-10

Oilers prospects Chris Vande Velde and Jeff Petry have been named to Inside College Hockey's All-America third team.

The 6-2, 207-pound Vande Velde led the Fighting Sioux in scoring in 2009-10 with a career-high 41 points. He scored 16 goals, including seven on the power-play and four game-winners, and collected a career-high 25 assists. VandeVelde also won a team-leading 477 faceoffs and had a faceoff success rate of 54.2 percent.

VandeVelde was named to the 2010 Red Baron WCHA Final Five All-Tournament Team after scoring two goals and three assists in three games in leading the Sioux to the Broadmoor Trophy as tournament champions.

In February, VandeVelde was named a WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient and was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team.

Vande Velde played in 166 career games, tied for eighth all-time at UND, and scored 52 goals and 65 assists for 117 points. He scored at least 30 points in each of his last three seasons.

Vande Velde, a native of Moorhead, Minn., was drafted by Edmonton in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Earlier this week, Vande Velde signed a contract with Edmonton and has reported to its American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

Jeff Petry while with the Michigan State Spartans

Petry, a three-time Most Outstanding Defenseman honoree from MSU and also a Second Team All-CCHA pick, is a dynamic blueliner who skates well and has offensive skill to supplement his defensive prowess. He finished the 2009-10 season with four goals and a team-best 25 assists, putting him third on the MSU scoring chart. He was seventh in the CCHA in assists, and ranked second in the league in defenseman scoring (29 points). He also ranked fourth in the league in power play points (2-16-18).

During Petry's freshman season, he was honored as an NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team selection and named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team.

In his three seasons at Michigan State, he twice was the team's top-scoring defenseman, and in 118 career games he owned a 9-58-67 scoring line. He never missed a game in his collegiate career. Petry, who opted to forego his senior season, signed a professional contract with the Edmonton Oilers and played in his first professional game on March 26 with the Springfield Falcons.

INCH All-America 1st Team
G: Marc Cheverie, Denver
D: Erik Gustafsson, Northern Michigan
D: Brendan Smith, Wisconsin
F: Blake Geoffrion, Wisconsin
F: Gustav Nyquist, Maine
F: Rhett Rakhshani, Denver

INCH All-America 2nd Team
G: Ben Scrivens, Cornell
D: Thomas Dignard, Yale
D: Blake Kessel, New Hampshire
F: Bobby Butler, New Hampshire
F: Mark Olver, Northern Michigan
F: Chase Polacek, Rensselaer

INCH All-American 3rd Team
G: Jared DeMichiel, RIT
D: Jeff Petry, Michigan State
D: Patrick Wiercioch, Denver
F: Cam Atkinson, Boston College
F: Chris Vande Velde, North Dakota
F: Tommy Wingels, Miami

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