Goaltender Buitenhuis '18 is two-time Academic All-American

Evan Buitenhuis '18 (Josh McKee photo)
Evan Buitenhuis '18 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College men's hockey goaltender Evan Buitenhuis '18 (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson HS) was selected for the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Men's At-Large Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday, June 12.

2017-18 CoSIDA D3 Academic All-America Men's At-Large Team

Buitenhuis was voted to the third team for the second year in a row, and he is the second Hamilton athlete to make the academic all-America team twice. He is one of 45 athletes and one of eight hockey players on the team.

The CoSIDA men's at-large academic all-America program honors student-athletes who have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 and competed in the sports of fencing, golf, hockey, lacrosse, swimming & diving, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo and wrestling. Student-athletes aren't eligible until they have reached sophomore academic standing at their institution.

Buitenhuis picked up his second all-America award from the American Hockey Coaches Association back in March. He was placed on the third team in the East Region after he led Division III and set program single-season records with a 1.28 goals against average and .954 save percentage in more than 796 minutes in net. He tied for second nationally with four shutouts despite making just 14 starts due to an injury that kept him out of the lineup for most of January. Buitenhuis was named to the all-NESCAC team in late February.

Buitenhuis was 8-3-3 in goal and helped lead Hamilton to a 15-7-3 record. The Continentals tied for third place in the conference standings with a 9-6-3 mark and they hosted a NESCAC championship quarterfinal for the third straight year. He graduated from Hamilton in May with a degree in environmental studies and a geosciences minor as he boasted a 3.63 GPA through the 2017 fall semester.

Buitenhuis ended his collegiate career as the Continentals' all-time leader in goals against average (1.67) and save percentage (.944) in 67 starts and more than 4,000 minutes. His 1,901 career saves are good for fourth on the program's all-time list, and he posted a 39-16-12 record with 10 shutouts.