Over the course of four years, student-athletes in the NCAA strive to achieve success in both their chosen sport and in the classroom and for a select group, they also become model citizens in their adopted communities.
Each year, the NCAA acknowledges these special athletes and rewards one of them in each sport with the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.
In NCAA men's hockey, 15 individuals have been nominated for the 2016-17 season and a third of those named are Canadians.
It should also be noted that last year's recipient also hailed from north of the border. Forward and Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. native David Glen became the first Penn State Nittany Lions player to receive the honour.
The Lions captain finished his four-year hockey career ranked in the top five in program history in points, goals, assists, game-winning goals, power play tallies, shorthanded markers, shots and games played while setting a school record with a plus-four rating.
In addition, Glen earned three Academic All-Big Ten honours while pursuing a double major in economics and political science, all while also making headlines in 2013 by taking a break from hockey and school to donate bone marrow to an unidentified recipient.
Five fellow Canucks hope to follow in his footsteps in 2017. That list includes Bentley Falcons forward Max French from Kelowna, B.C., Clarkson Golden Knights defenceman James de Haas from Mississauga, Ont., Bemidji State Beavers forward Brendan Harms from Steinbach, Man., Harvard Crimson forward Alexander Kerfoot from West Vancouver, B.C., and Northern Michigan Wildcats defenceman Brock Maschmeyer from Bruederheim, Alta.
Here is closer look at the hockey careers of each of the Canadian nominees:
MAX FRENCH: At the time of his nomination, French had 126 career points (59G, 67A) in three-plus seasons, placing him fourth overall among active NCAA players. He topped the Falcons in points (22) and assists (13) this season and was second in goals with nine.
In 2015-16, French notched a career high of 47 points (23G, 24A) and was named to the first all-star team in Atlantic Hockey.
Prior to heading to college, he played parts of five seasons in the BCHL with the Westside Warriors and West Kelowna Warriors, tallying 149 points (67G, 82A).
JAMES DE HAAS: The Knights captain leads all current team scorers in career points with 49 (18G, 31A) through 118 games. He was a third team ECAC all-star last season and was named to the ECAC all-rookie squad in 2013-14.
Before Clarkson, de Haas tallied 29 points (10G, 19A) for the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots of the OJHL in 2011-12 and then notched 24 points (5G, 19A) for the Penticton Vees in 2012-13
The 22-year-old was selected by the Detroit Red Wings (sixth round, 170th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
BRENDAN HARMS: In his first three seasons with the Beavers, Harms has posted three straight 20-point seasons and is closing in on a fourth with 16 points (7G, 9A) through 22 games.
In 128 career games, he has 83 points (32G, 51A) and has been in the top four in team scoring throughout his stint at Bemidji State.
He played three seasons of junior hockey before heading south. In two years with the Portage Terriers of the MJHL, Harms had 120 points (50G, 70A) in 101 games and then posted a 70-point (25G, 45A) campaign with Fargo Force of the USHL.
ALEXANDER KERFOOT: Last season, Kerfoot had a career-high 34 points, including an ECAC-leading 30 assists, and was named to the All-Ivy League second all-star team. In 101 career games, he has tallied 103 points, including 75 assists.
Before Harvard, Kerfoot honed his skills with the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL. In 72 games over parts of three seasons, he notched 33 goals and had 88 points. He was selected by the New Jersey Devils (fifth round, 150th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
BROCK MASCHMEYER: Maschmeyer has racked up 59 points over three-plus campaigns (134 games) and ranks seventh all-time among Wildcat defencemen with 23 goals. He also hasn't missed a game since his freshman season.
He played five seasons of junior hockey before heading to college with stints in the AJHL with the Lloydminster Bobcats and Fort McMurray Oil Barons as well as the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL. He finished his junior career with 126 points.
The other nominees for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award (all U.S. born) are: Gavin Bayreuther, St. Lawrence Saints; Will Butcher, Denver Pioneers; Parker Gahagen, Army West Point Black Knights; David Goodwin, Penn State; Johnny Hrabovsky, Air Force Falcons; Justin Kloos, Minnesota Golden Gophers; Chad McDonald, Ferris State Bulldogs; Nick Schilkey, Ohio State Buckeyes; John Stevens, Northeastern Huskies; and Eric Sweetman, St. Lawrence.
The field for the award will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February and then a nationwide voting system involving the media, coaches and fans will select the winner. That winner will be announced in April during the Frozen Four in Chicago.Back to Top
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