Hockey players collect honors

Sailors team earns academic all-state

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— Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff could go on and on about what this year's seniors brought to the team.

But the Sailors coach would rather let the rest of the state do the talking.

Four Steamboat Springs hockey players earned postseason awards, and the team earned academic all-state for the third straight year with a 3.34 grade point average.

In addition to the team award, senior goalie Jeff Dawes earned all-state honorable mention and second team all-conference. Seniors Matt Lettunich and Greg Ingalls also were chosen to play in the senior all-star game. The game is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Edge Ice Arena in Denver. The game includes the top senior hockey players from across the state.

Lettunich also was awarded the team Hobey Baker Award for his outstanding character.

Junior Cody Fritz was named to the honorable mention all-conference team.

Steamboat finished the season fifth in the Peak Conference with an 8-10 overall record. The team earned the No. 10 seed in the Colorado High School Activities Association state playoffs. Steamboat fell to seventh-seeded Aspen, 4-0, in the opening round.

"We're going to miss the seniors," Ruff said. "It was a great group to play with, but we'll have a lot of guys step in. But I just love working with these seniors. They have a whole different perspective on the season. They were just a good group of seniors."

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