Baird first defenseman to win ACHA DI Rookie of Year award
April 18, 2020 | Lynchburg, Va.
UPDATE: Liberty University freshman ACHA Division I men's hockey player Colin Baird became the first defenseman in the 18-year history of the award to be named the league's Rookie of the Year, announced on Saturday. He is the second Flames player to earn the honor, 10 years after forward Brent Boschman received it in 2010.
A complete list of honorees is available on the ACHA website.
Baird, Le Sieur land on ACHA DI All-Rookie team
4/17/2020: For the first time in the 14 seasons Liberty University has had an ACHA Division I men's hockey team, the Flames put two players on the All-Rookie team, which was announced on Friday.
Freshman defenseman Colin Baird and freshman goalie Cédric Le Sieur were two of seven members of the team which included Arizona defenseman Cameron Teamor, Minot State defenseman Eric Soar, and forwards Jacob Siebenga (Calvin), Clayton Lackey (Arizona State), and Olda Virag (Pittsburgh).
Baird and Le Sieur are the eighth Flames to be recognized on the team over the past eight seasons, following junior forward Cole Gammer, who was the ESCHL Rookie of the Year in 2017-18, senior forward Quinn Ryan in 2016-17, defenseman Zane Schartz in 2015-16, forward Jake Hannon in 2014-15, forward Robert Ward in 2013-14, and defenseman Steven Bellew in 2012-13. In 2009-10, Boschman was Liberty's first player to be named ACHA Rookie of the Year.
|Colin Baird emerged as a two-way defenseman this year. (Photo by Chase Gyles)|
Baird, a 6-foot, 5-inch, 200-pound freshman from Shoreview, Minn., who was named the Flames' Rookie of the Year, capped off a fantastic season by scoring nine goals and distributing 22 assists for 31 points in 37 games, second most among defensemen to senior Garrett Nelson (12G, 42A).
He netted two goals and one assist in the third period an 8-2 rout of Ohio during Liberty's second "Midnight Mayhem" matchup at the LaHaye Ice Center on Nov. 8, helping the then-eighth-ranked Flames break open a 4-2 contest and gain separation from the No. 9 Bobcats in the ACHA rankings.
Prior to arriving at Liberty, where he is pursuing a degree in business administration, Baird played 21 games in the United States Hockey League with the Des Moines Buccaneers and 72 games in the North American Hockey League with the Minnesota Wilderness.
|Le Sieur shut down Ohio in a 4-3 shootout win on Nov. 8. (Photo by Luke Bobbey)|
Le Sieur, a 6-foot, 190-pound athletic training major from Montreal, posted a stellar 15-1 record with a team-best 1.90 goals-against average and 92.3 save percentage this season. He saved his best game for last, making 34 saves in his first shutout for the Flames in a 4-0 ESCHL championship game triumph over Stony Brook on March 8 in West Chester, Pa. He was named the ESCHL Tournament MVP.
The Flames finished the season ranked No. 2 in ACHA Division I, the highest in program history under 19th-year Head Coach Kirk Handy, who was named the 2019-20 ACHA Men's Division I Coach of the Year for the first time.