GLOUCESTER, Mass. – Amherst College senior defender and captain Phil Johansson of the men's hockey team has been selected to the CCM Hockey Division II-III All-American Second Team East by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) following a stellar final season for the Mammoths.
Voted on by men's head coaches, the top-30 hockey players in NCAA Division II-III were selected as CCM/AHCA All-Americans for three East Teams and two West Teams – each comprising of three forwards, two defenders and a goalkeeper. Honorees came from 18 schools, 14 states and three Canadian provinces, as well as three players from outside North America. By class, there are 13 seniors, 10 juniors and seven sophomores on the list, while six players earning the distinction have previously been recognized as All-Americans.
Johansson picks up his first All-America nod after landing on the NESCAC First Team in back-to-back seasons. Ranking second on Amherst in points with 20 behind six goals and 14 helpers, Johansson led all NESCAC defensemen in scoring and has tallied eight of his points (3-5-8) on the power play. A major part of Amherst's ninth ranked scoring defense in the nation (2.00), Johansson was also a critical component of the Mammoths' penalty kill unit that ranked second in Division III (90.8%).
Johansson finishes out his collegiate career with 56 points (20 goals and 36 assists) in 93 career games.
Including Johansson, four NESCAC student-athletes garnered the accolade, with Tim Sestak (Wesleyan) joining the Saint-Zotique, Quebec native on the East Second Team and Michael Grande (Trinity) and Walker Harris (Wesleyan) landing on the East Third Team.
Capturing a 15-7-4 overall record and a 10-4-4 mark in league play to earn No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, Johansson helped return Amherst to the NESCAC Finals for the first time since the 2015-16 season.