Colorado College has the highest Academic Progress Rate among Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams, according to data released Wednesday by the NCAA. CC posted a 994 (out of a possible 1,000) for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 academic years, bettering the WCHA average by 42 points and the national average for Division I men’s hockey teams by 23 points. The APR, which is in its second year of existence, measures the academic success of student-athletes receiving financial aid. Teams below the 925 cut score could face penalties, including the loss of scholarships. North Dakota (918) and Alaska Anchorage (914) were the only WCHA teams that scored below 925, although they will not incur penalties because of a squad-size adjustment that recognizes a “smaller than intended data set.” Wisconsin (975), Minnesota (974) and Denver (970) followed CC. Minnesota State-Mankato (961) rounded out the top five. The WCHA average was 952. The national average for Division I men’s hockey teams was 971. The national average for all Division I men’s teams was 943. Vlassopoulos on ice Freshman forward Andreas Vlassopoulos, who dislocated his right kneecap in the season opener, skated Wednesday for the first time in seven weeks. Vlassopoulos said he experienced pain when he made cuts and pushed off but felt confident in his shooting and puck-handling. He said the pain was caused by a lingering bone bruise that a magnetic resonance imaging revealed last week. “I felt really good out there,” said Vlassopoulos, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee Dec. 7. “If it was earlier in the season, it’s something I could probably play through.” Vlassopoulos said he’s leaning toward applying for a medical hardship waiver. If he’s granted the waiver, he would receive an additional season of eligibility. “I really want my freshman season back,” Vlassopoulos said. “The season is almost over, and it goes by so fast. I would like four years of college hockey instead of three.” Final Five ticket info Single-game tickets for the WCHA Final Five, scheduled for March 16-18 in St. Paul, Minn., will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday. Tickets may be purchased by calling 651-989-5151 or online at www.ticketmaster. com.
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