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Chase Berger and Chris Funkey Named AHCA All-American Scholars

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The hockey program and university were well represented by the pair for the past four years.

Photo by Heather Weikel

Chase Berger and Chris Funkey each left Penn State this spring with a degree in hand, ready to take on the world. One last award was thrown at the pair of academic stars, this one coming for maintaining a grade point average of 3.6 or higher for both the fall and spring semester, while competing in more than 40% of the team’s games.

Only ten other Big Ten athletes were honored.

The American Hockey Coaches Association has given the award for three years, and each time Berger was on the list. The team captain this past season, Berger graduated with a 3.94 GPA in finance. Funkey got the honor for the first time, graduating with a 3.66 GPA.

The pair earned the designation as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars earlier this month, it was the third time for Berger and the second for Funkey.

When you take a look at the stats, Berger contributed more than just about any Nittany Lion in program history. He scored 118 points in Happy Valley while being a team leader in the locker room the entire time.

Funkey did not play as much, serving as the backup goalie to Eamon McAdam and then Peyton Jones, but his contribution to the team and university was impactful. In the locker room, Funkey was the guy that could lighten the mood when it was needed. He was a great teammate and stepped up for a 4-1 record during his senior season.

The two players were a great leadership team for the Lions, both as good examples of how to behave and also with the way that they mentored other players. They were the perfect leadership sandwich. Chase was like the meaty center, the hearty substance of the pair. Funkey was the condiments and bread that surrounded the inner all-beef patty.

Together they formed the FunkeyBerger; a leadership sandwich that stuck to the team’s ribs for the past four seasons. They will represent the program and university well in the years to come.