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Currently carrying a 3.78 grade point average, Iles has been named to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Dean’s List five times in his first six semesters at Cornell. He had a 4.0 grade point average in the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters. Iles was also named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Men’s At-Large Team and is a three-time member of the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.
A natural leader with extraordinary focus and attention to detail, Iles has the distinction of serving as an assistant captain this season – a rarity for goaltenders. The last Cornell goalie to wear a letter was Darren Eliot during the 1982-83 season. He is a member of the Sphinx Head Senior Honor Society, which recognizes members of the junior and senior class who have distinguished themselves in leadership and service to the university. Iles is also a member of the Red Key Society, an honor society specifically for varsity athletes which honors outstanding undergraduate contributors to the athletic program and the university as a whole through community service events.
Some of the community projects Iles has been involved in includes a service trip to Don Juan, Dominican Republic, where the group was involved in the construction of a multipurpose center that will serve as a church and school in an impoverished area. In December, Iles will serve for a second time as the organizer and planner of the Cornell Hockey Teddy Bear Toss, which donates proceeds to Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes and the Franziska Racker Centers, which is a regional disability service. Iles has also worked with Feed My Starving Children, packaging meals that are sent to orphanages, schools and refugee camps, and he has volunteered in the Newfield Elementary School mentorship program and for local youth hockey teams.
A hometown fan favorite, Iles has started 100 of the Big Red’s last 101 games heading into the ECAC Hockey Championship weekend. Earlier this season, he set a program record for career saves, surpassing a mark previously held by current NHLer Ben Scrivens ‘10. Iles is also ranked in the Top 10 in program history in multiple other categories - wins (fourth), shutouts (tied for fifth), goals-against average (sixth) and save percentage (eighth). He has been named the Ivy League Player of the Year and was placed on the All-Ivy First Team for the second time in his career. He is also a finalist for the ECAC Hockey goaltender of the year award, which is named after former Cornellian and Hockey Hall of Fame member Ken Dryden. Iles has been named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week three times this season and nine times in his career. He was also named the Florida College Hockey Classic’s Most Valuable Player after backstopping the Big Red to the championship. During the 2011-12 season, Iles recorded three consecutive shutouts in November. It was second-longest shutout streak in program history, spanning 213 minutes, 35 seconds over a five-game span. But Iles wasn’t done there - he posted back-to-back shutouts against St. Lawrence and Clarkson on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, respectively, spurring another lengthy shutout streak of 152:36 that ranks ninth all-time in Big Red history. In the process, he also set a record for longest streak in ECAC Hockey play of 286:54.