Wildcats’ Joyce named to CCHA All-Time team
MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University forward Bill Joyce was one of 12 former CCHA players to be honored on Friday as part of the league’s all-time team.
After 42 years, the CCHA will fold at the end of the season as it members disperse to the Big Ten, NCHC and WCHA.
Joyce, who played for the Wildcats from 1976-80, was named to the second team after accumulating 112 goals and 143 assists in 130 games.
The first team consisted of Bowling Green State forward George McPhee (78-82), Michigan State forward Kip Miller (86-90), Michigan forward Brendan Morrison (93-97), Western Michigan defenseman Wayne Gagne (83-87), Miami defenseman Andy Greene (2002-06) and Michigan State goaltender Ryan Miller (99-02).
The second team was Joyce, Lake Superior State forward Jim Dowd (87-91), BGSU forward Nelson Emerson (86-90), MSU defenseman John-Michael Liles (99-03), BGSU defenseman Ken Morrow (75-79) and BGSU goaltender Mike Liut (73-77).
The group was selected by a committee of coaches, administrators and media from the all-decade first teams, Hobey Baker Award winners and All-Americans that played three years of college hockey.
The team includes four Hobey Baker Award winners – including McPhee, the league’s first winner in ’82 – along with Kip Miller (’90), Morrison (’97) and Ryan Miller (’02).
Morrison and Ryan Miller are the league’s only two-time players of the year.
Emerson is the league’s all-time leading scorer and Gagne is the all-time top scorer among CCHA defensemen.
All 12 selected were All-Americans – eight multiple All-Americans – and graduated to professional careers. Ten played in the NHL, Ryan Miller became a U.S. Olympian,and Morrow won a gold medal with the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team.
Morrow with the New York Islanders and Dowd with the New Jersey Devils have their name engraved on the Stanley Cup.