Frank, Passolt, Washe returning to Western Michigan for fifth college hockey season; Attard also back for junior campaign in ’21-22


Western Michigan blueliner Ronnie Attard was tabbed the NCHC offensive defenseman of the yr for the 2020-21 season (photograph: Ashley Huss).

Western Michigan introduced Wednesday that senior forwards Ethen Frank, Josh Passolt and Paul Washe, together with sophomore defenseman Ronnie Attard, will all be returning for the 2021-22 season.

Frank, Passolt and Washe are all utilizing their additional yr of eligibility granted to them by the NCAA as a result of COVID-19 pandemic whereas Attard, a Philadelphia Flyers’ draft choose, has chosen to return for his junior season.

“We’re excited and appreciative of the truth that seniors Paul Washe, Josh Passolt, Ethen Frank and sophomore Ronnie Attard have determined to return subsequent season regardless of contract alternatives with NHL organizations,” mentioned Broncos coach Andy Murray in a press release. “It’s a sturdy testomony to their dedication to WMU and their capacity to get higher in our program. Like the remainder of us, they can’t anticipate the beginning of subsequent season.”

With the returners, the Broncos get again 4 of their prime 5 scorers and the group mixed tallied 83 factors on 36 objectives and 47 assists.

Attard had a profession season regardless of the shortened schedule, recording private finest marks in factors with 22 (eight objectives, 14 assists). He went on to be named the NCHC offensive defenseman of the yr and lately was named a CCM/AHCA West First Group All-American.

“With the best way this yr was with COVID and the way it ended within the playoffs, it didn’t really feel proper leaving,” mentioned Attard. “This group has the chance to perform one thing very particular.”

Frank led the staff with 13 objectives, additionally including eight assists for 21 factors. By means of his 4 seasons, he has amassed 79 factors on 44 objectives and 35 assists in 120 profession video games.

“I’ve determined to return again as a result of the tradition now we have been constructing up to now 4 years means loads to us,” mentioned Frank. “We really feel that now we have some unfinished enterprise left from final season and I’m very happy to return again and spend one other yr at WMU.”

Passolt completed fifth on the staff in scoring with 19 factors on seven objectives and 12 assists and was second on the staff in photographs on objective with 70. In his profession he has racked up 80 factors on 36 objectives and 44 assists in 128 video games.

“After a lot thought and consideration, I couldn’t be happier to have the chance to play one other yr at Western Michigan,” added Passolt.

With Washe returning the Broncos get again among the finest faceoff takers within the NCAA. This previous season, he gained 323 attracts and final season led the nation with a profitable proportion of .642. He additionally tied his career-best for factors with 21 on eight objectives and a career-high 13 assists in the course of the 2020-21 season and likewise led the staff in plus/minus at plus-7.

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