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Dartmouth's Stephens, Yale's Little Named Senior CLASS Award Candidates in Men's Ice Hockey

Dartmouth's Stephens, Yale's Little Named Senior CLASS Award Candidates in Men's Ice Hockey

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Dartmouth senior defender Evan Stephens and Yale senior forward Broc Little were two of the 20 NCAA® men’s ice hockey student-athletes named as candidates for the 2010-11 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in 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. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s 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 2010-11 candidate class includes nine members who play for teams ranked in the USA Hockey/USA Today preseason poll. Almost half the candidates have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Three were tabbed American Hockey Coaches Association All-Americans last season and one was a CoSIDA Academic All-American last year.

Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Frozen Four® in April.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

“This year’s group of hockey candidates has really distinguished itself with its outstanding work in the classroom,” said Tom Lamb, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing. “As these student-athletes close out their collegiate careers, they will no doubt be prepared for the next chapter in their lives whether it is further study or work in the public or private sector.”