Men's Hockey ArchivesDan Melde Named Co-MIAC Player
of the Year in Mens Hockey
Sophomore goaltender Dan Melde was named Co-MIAC Player of the Year by the MIAC Hockey Coaches. A Maplewood, Minnesota native, Melde blossomed into one of the premier goaltenders in Division III this past season under the guidance of Head Coach Brett Petersen. A ferocious competitor, Melde kept the Gusties in many games early in the season as Coach Petersen was trying to mold a very young and inexperienced team into a contender. After holding league champion St. Thomas to three goals in two heartbreaking losses (2-1 and 1-0) in mid-November, Melde got even stingier allowing only one goal as the Gusties swept Augsburg (2-1 and 3-0) in early December. He ended the season with a league record of 6-2-4 and ranked first in goals against average at 1.70 and first in save percentage at 94.5 percent. Overall, Melde finished the season ranked fifth in Division III in save percentage at 92.9% and 10th in goals against average at 2.12. He is the first Gustavus player to be receive MIAC Player of the Year honors since Jason Lesteberg in 1996.