– Army senior hockey player Zach McKelvie
is among the 20 players who are candidates for the 2008-09 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, it was recently announced.
The award is presented annually to the NCAA Division student-athlete in nine sports based on the four c’s of classroom, character, community and competition. CLASS is an acronym for celebrating loyalty and achievement for staying in school.
A native of New Brighton, Minn., McKelvie serves as the hockey team captain, is a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association All-Academic Team and serves as the Brigade Athletics Officer, a leadership position within the Corps of Cadets.
The 2007-08 Atlantic Hockey Association Defenseman of the Year, McKelvie is majoring in Management and Systems Engineering. He has played in more than 115 games during his career and was twice honored by the conference for his success in the classroom and on the ice. He has branched Infantry.
McKelvie is the second Army player to be nominated for the Lowe’s Award, which honors a player who combines excellence in athletics, academics and community service. Bryce Hollweg
was among the finalist for the honor last season.
The 2008-09 hockey candidates represent 18 different schools and five conferences. Notre Dame and Ohio State each have two candidates. McKelvie, Sean Erickson of Connecticut, Mike Phillipich from Air Force and Dewey Thomson of Holy Cross represent the Atlantic Hockey Association.
From the list of 20 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award by early February 2009. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote that will include coaches, media and fans. The award winner will be announced and recognized at the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four in Washington, D.C.
This marks the third year for the hockey division of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. David Brown of Notre Dame was the inaugural winner in 2007 and Landis Stankievech of Princeton was named the award recipient in 2008.
The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfill their entire athletic eligibility and pursue the many rewards of a senior season and complete college education.
Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, expanded the Senior CLASS Award program in 2007 to include NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey in addition to men’s lacrosse, baseball, softball and men’s and women’s soccer. Football (Bowl Subdivision) has been added in 2008, bringing the award program’s total of NCAA sports to nine.
“Lowe’s recognizes that today’s student-athletes are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Bob Gfeller, Lowe’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. “What the 20 award candidates have been able to accomplish despite demanding athletic training and classroom schedules is very impressive. We are honored to recognize these outstanding young people and look forward to announcing the winner at the NCAA Frozen Four.”Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
2008-2009 Men’s Hockey Nominees
Name, School, Position
Brock Bradford, Boston College, forward
Andrew Carroll, Minnesota- Duluth, forward
Erik Condra, Notre Dame, forward
Shane Connelly, Wisconsin, goalie
Matt Cook, Union, forward
Corey Elkins, Ohio State, forward
Sean Erickson, Connecticut, defenseman
Chris Hahn, Maine, forward
Trevor Hyatt, Alaska-Fairbanks, forward
Mathias Lange, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, goalie
Jeff Lerg, Michigan State, goalie
Brian McCafferty, Harvard, defensemanZach McKelvie, Army, defenseman
Zach Miskovic, St. Lawrence, defenseman
Patrick Mullen, Denver, defenseman
Jordan Pearce, Notre Dame, goalie
Zach Pelletier, Ohio State, forward
Mike Phillipich, Air Force, forward
Dean Strong, Vermont, forward
Dewey Thomson, Holy Cross, forward