Former Dauphin Kings and Steinbach Pistons standout, Riese Gaber has been named to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) All-Academic Team following his freshman season at the University of North Dakota.
The Gilbert Plains, MB native completed his first season of collegiate hockey for the Fighting Hawks, where he racked up 11 goals and 10 assists in 29 games during the 2020-21 campaign.
To be eligible for the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must compile a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (or better) and have completed a full academic year at their current institution. Similarly, for NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, a student-athlete must attain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better with a full year of academic studies. Freshmen and first-year transfers were not eligible when the honors were first announced in early March, as they had not completed a full academic year, but with the 2020-21 academic calendar complete, the newcomers are now eligible to earn NCHC academic honors.
During his time in the MJHL, Riese was named to the MJHL All-Rookie Team, won gold at the World Junior A Challenge with Team Canada West and played a key role in the Steinbach Pistons run to the National Junior A Championship.