Men’s Ice Hockey Candidates Announced for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award

January 13, 2017

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (January 13, 2017) – Fifteen of the top NCAA® men’s ice hockey student-athletes who excel both on and off the ice were selected as candidates today for the 2016-17 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.

The 15 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February, 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 2017 NCAA Men’s Frozen Final Four® in April.

For more information on all the candidates, visit

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Hockey 2016-17 Candidates

Name Position School
Gavin Bayreuther Defense St. Lawrence University
Will Butcher Defense U. of Denver
James de Haas Defense Clarkson University
Max French Center Bentley University
Parker Gahagen Goalie U.S. Military Academy
David Goodwin Forward Penn State University
Brendan Harms Forward Bemidji State University
Johnny Hrabovsky Defense U.S. Air Force Academy
Alexander Kerfoot Forward Harvard
Justin Kloos Forward Minnesota
Brock Maschmeyer Defense Northern Michigan
Chad McDonald Forward Ferris State University
Nick Schilkey Forward Ohio State
John Stevens Center Northeastern University
Eric Sweetman Defense St. Lawrence University