Musselwhite nominated for Skills Challenge

Senior forward and co-captain Neil Musselwhite of the Oswego State men’s ice hockey team has been selected as one of 78 finalists to compete in the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.

Musselwhite is one of only three Division III players to be named finalists for the skills competition and the only one representing the East. Joel Gualrapp of Wisconsin-Stout and David Martinson of Gustavus Adolphus are the other two Division III players named as finalists, both representing the West.

The American Hockey Coaches Association, the NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey committee and NCAA national office staff selected the 78 finalists. Puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid firing shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot are the six competitions taking place in the skills competition.

"This is truly a showcase of the top seniors across all of college hockey," said Steve Cady, chair of the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee in an interview with the NCAA. "It has been an enjoyable experience for fans in the past, and Bauer Hockey and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance have committed a tremendous amount of resources to make this year the best skills challenge yet."

The format of the competition will be in the form of East versus West, with six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders assigned to each team.

To vote, fans can go to the NCAA Web site, where they can choose two goalie and six position players. Entries are limited to one entry per person. Voting begins on Monday, Feb. 1, and runs until noon on Monday, Feb. 15.

Musselwhite is tied for twenty-first in Division III scoring with 27 points on 16 goals and 11 assists.