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Andrew Loewen

School

Canisius College

Position
Goaltender
Major
Entrepreneurship and Management
GAA
3.52
SV%
.907

Classroom

Loewen is the owner of a 3.86 grade point average as a double major in entrepreneurship and management.  He has twice been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District team and is a three-time Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team selection.  Loewen was awarded the Canisius College Cannon Leadership Award following his freshman year, which recognizes students based on academics, community service and leadership.  Also, he has been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society recognizing business excellence, Chi Alpha Sigma, the national student-athlete honor society that recognizes high academic achievements, and Alpha Sigma Nu, an honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities that recognizes scholarship, loyalty and service.  Loewen has earned Dean’s List distinction in five of six semesters at Canisius.

Character

Loewen was recognized as an assistant captain during his junior season becoming the first Canisius goalie to wear the letter since the program moved to Division I.  As a sophomore, Loewen battled through a serious high-ankle sprain to record the 10th-longest shutout streak in NCAA history.  He is also in his third year as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was selected as a Canisius representative to attend the National Student-Athlete Development Conference in 2009.  In addition, Loewen was selected as the school’s Most Spirited Athlete in each of his three years at the college for his support of the schools’ other athletic programs.

Community

Loewen is very involved in both the community of Buffalo and his hometown of Winnipeg.  He serves as a volunteer assistant coach with the Cazenovia Youth Hockey League, mentoring aspiring hockey players ranging in age from 10 to 13.  He has also spent time with Hasek’s Heroes where he worked with under-privileged youth hockey players.  Other communal efforts of Loewen’s have included Meals on Wheels, March of Dimes and an Alzheimer’s Walk.  In addition, Loewen helped raise $30,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society while breaking a Guinness World Record for playing in the longest street hockey game (100 hours and five minutes).

Competition

Loewen has established himself as one of the best goalies in school history and in the Atlantic Hockey Association.  The senior currently ranks first in the program’s history in career save percentage plus second in goals against average and second in saves.  A two-time team MVP and the 2006-07 Rookie of the Year, Loewen set career highs last season in both save percentage and goals against average.  During his career, Loewen has collected a league-tying nine Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week Awards.  He is also a two-time Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Month.  Among his highlights at Canisius is a 201-minute shutout streak during the 2007-08 season, the 10th-longest run in NCAA history, and a school-record 61 saves against Miami in his first collegiate game.  During the 2008-09 season, Loewen also led Canisius to its first victories against a CCHA school and an ECAC school and helped the team complete its first sweep against a nationally-ranked team.