Men’s Ice Hockey Candidates Announced for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award

November 01, 2017

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (November 1, 2017) – Twenty 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 2017-18 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 20 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 2018 NCAA Men’s Frozen Final Four® in April.

For more information on all the candidates, visit

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Hockey 2017-18 Candidates

Name Position School
Dylan Abood Defenseman Air Force
Louie Belpedio Defenseman Miami (OH)
Michael Bitzer Goaltender Bemidji State
Tim Davison Defenseman Wisconsin
Andrew Dorantes Forward Ferris State
Jake Evans Forward Notre Dame
Brady Ferguson Forward Robert Morris
Carson Gatt Defenseman Michigan State
Karson Kuhlman Forward Minnesota Duluth
Sam Lafferty Forward Brown
Alfred Larsson Forward Merrimack
Merrick Madsen Goaltender Harvard
Mitch McLain Forward Bowling Green
Brady Norrish Defenseman RIT
Judd Peterson Forward St. Cloud State
Tyler Pham Forward Army
Sam Piazza Defenseman Michigan
Austin Poganski Forward North Dakota
Ryan Schmelzer Forward Canisius
Jared Wilson Defenseman Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute