AUSTIN, Texas – University of Alaska Anchorage hockey player Olivier Mantha earned Google Cloud Academic All-America At-Large honors from CoSIDA Thursday.
One of the finest goaltenders to ever wear a Seawolves uniform, Mantha departs as UAA’s all-time leader in saves (3,449), save percentage (.908) and minutes played (6973:22). The four-year starter and three-time (at least) Team MVP also ranks third in school history with a 3.01 goals-against average, fifth with three shutouts and sixth with 28 wins. In 122 collegiate games (121 starts), Mantha had 51 efforts with at least 30 saves, 13 contests with 40-plus stops and two performances with more than 50 saves (including 53 on the road against a nationally-ranked Penn State team Nov. 12, 2016). Nineteen of those 30-plus save games came as a senior in 2017-18, as the La Tuque, Québec native tallied 946 stops – just one shy of the UAA’s single-season record.
A three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient and WCHA All-Academic Team member, Mantha is a mathematics major with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. For his skill and sportsmanship, Mantha was chosen by his teammates to serve as Assistant Captain; by his coaches as Team MVP each year he has played; and, by the Anchorage community, as Fan Favorite.
Following the Seawolves’ 2017-18 season, Mantha signed a one-year contract with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL) and was then loaned to the Adriondack Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). He has opened his pro career with a 5-4-1 record, a .895 save percentage and a 3.35 goals-against average in 11 games for the Thunder. He also played one game for the Syracuse Crunch.
Mantha joins Hailey Swirbul (skiing/at-large) as the second Seawolf to earn Google Cloud Academic All-America honors in 2017-18.
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