Canisius defenseman Geoff Fortman was among the athletes named Scholar Athlete of the Year Wednesday when the Atlantic Hockey Conference announced its academic honors including the conference All-Academic teams for 2016-17.
Fortman was named a Scholar Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive season. The senior from Crystal Lake, Ill., posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the third straight year. He is the first Golden Griffin to receive the award three times.
Kevin Patterson of Niagara, a senior defenseman, was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team for the fourth time. He was a AHC Scholar Athlete of the Year twice in his career at Niagara, 2013-14 and 2014-15. when he posted 4.0 GPAs.
Nineteen Canisius athletics and 14 from Niagara were named to the AHC All-Academic team.