Twenty players from across the country with track records of excellence on and off the ice have been named candidates for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award.
The candidates represent 20 schools and all six Division I conferences. Included in the group are the nation’s top two active career scorers (Robert Morris’s Brady Ferguson and Notre Dame’s Jake Evans) and three returning first-team all-conference selections (Ferguson, Bemidji State’s Michael Bitzer and Bowling Green’s Mitch McLain).
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award honors achievement in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award encourages student-athletes to use their platforms in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February. A winner will be selected from those finalists by a nationwide voting system of media, coaches and fans, and will be announced at the 2018 Frozen Four in St. Paul.
|2017-18 Senior CLASS Award Candidates|
|Dylan Abood||D||Air Force|
|Michael Bitzer||G||Bemidji State|
|Andrew Dorantes||F||Ferris State|
|Jake Evans||F||Notre Dame|
|Brady Ferguson||F||Robert Morris|
|Carson Gatt||D||Michigan State|
|Karson Kuhlman||F||Minnesota Duluth|
|Mitch McLain||F||Bowling Green|
|Judd Peterson||F||St. Cloud State|
|Tyler Pham||F||Army West Point|
|Austin Poganski||F||North Dakota|