Men’s ice hockey graduating senior Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) wrapped up a career that included several accolades for his performance on the ice and now features one of the most prestigious off-the-ice honors after being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Men’s At-Large Third Team, was was announced on Thursday.
Gustafsson joins 45 other student-athletes from the Division I ranks to be recognized for excellence on the playing surface and in the classroom. He also now becomes the first CoSIDA All-America At-Large Team selection in men’s ice hockey history at Merrimack and the third All-America At-Large Team honoree in school history, joining Steve McAuliffe from the men’s soccer team (1998) and Vince Bellino of the men’s tennis team (2015).
The CoSIDA Academic All-District program recognizes student-athletes from across the country to have excelled on the field of play and in the classroom. To be eligible for recognition, student-athletes must be of sophomore status or higher at their respective institutions and own cumulative grade-point averages (GPA) of 3.30 or higher.
Gustafsson was Merrimack’s top goal-scorer as part of a sensational final campaign with the Warriors. He lit the lamp a team-high 15 times, helping the Warriors finish seventh in Hockey East for the second straight season. Along the way, Gustafsson posted a career-best eight-game point streak (6-2–8) and notched the program’s first hat trick in six years when he recorded a five-point outing (3g, 2a) in a road win at Boston College in February. He was named the recipient of the Joe Tomasello Unsung Hero Award by the New England Hockey Writers Association, as well.
A three-time Hockey East Top Scholar-Athlete and Hockey East Academic All-Star Team selection, Gustafsson – who also earned his first CoSIDA Academic All-District honor of his career last month – concluded his collegiate career with a perfect 4.00 GPA through the entirety of his undergraduate education and graduated with a degree in Business. The senior signed an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) and two-year entry level contract with the Washington Capitals organization and played with their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears, since March and throughout their Calder Cup postseason run.
The at-large teams for the Academic All-America® program include the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and water polo for both men and women, as well as beach volleyball, bowling, crew and field hockey for women, and volleyball and wrestling for men.
Gustafsson was also one of 16 student-athletes who posted perfect 4.0 GPAs and also one of the nearly two-thirds (27) of the 45 overall student-athletes that earned at least a 3.90 G.P.A.