Men’s ice hockey candidates announced for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award

November 07, 2013

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Twenty NCAA® men’s ice hockey student-athletes who excel both on and off the ice were selected as candidates today for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate hockey. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Of the 20 candidates, 12 have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. There are two American Hockey Coaches Association All-Americans from last season.

The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Frozen Final Four® in April.

Hockey 2013-14 Candidates

Name Position School
Mac Bennett Defenseman Michigan
Jack Berger Forward Princeton
Sam Brittain Goaltender Denver
Greg Carey Wing St. Lawrence
Scott Czarnowczan Defenseman Ferris State
Nic Dowd Forward St. Cloud State
Kyle Gibbons Forward Canisius
Kevin Goumas Forward New Hampshire
Jordan Heywood Defenseman Merrimack
Brock Higgs Forward Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Cole Ikkala Forward Union (N.Y.)
Andy Iles Goaltender Cornell
Stephen Johns Defenseman Notre Dame
Nick Jones Defenseman Mercyhurst
Dennis Robertson Defense Brown
Kevin Ryan Defense Niagara
Steven Shamanski Defense Providence
Dillon Simpson Defense North Dakota
Ryan Walters Left wing Nebraska Omaha
Matt Zarbo Forward Clarkson