Three Ivies Among Twenty Men's Ice Hockey Candidates for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Portions courtesy of Brown Sports Information, Cornell Athletic Communications and Dartmouth Athletics Communications
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Dartmouth's Doug Jones, Jack Maclellan of Brown and Keir Ross of Cornell were named as NCAA® men's ice hockey candidates for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The Ivy trio makes up three of the 20 players selected as 2012 candidates.
The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot, which will be distributed through to media, Division I men's coaches and fans. The winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Men's Frozen Four®, which will be held April 5 and 7 in Tampa.
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.
Jones will be the Big Green's top returning scorer from a season ago after finishing second on the team in scoring with 29 points (8-21-29).
As for his work away from the ice, Jones has been recognized for his part in cleaning up several local churches both in the Hanover community as well as near his hometown in Georgia. He has also been part of a group that planted an organic garden at another local church and has read to local elementary school students in the Upper Valley as part of literacy programs.
Jones carries a 3.5 grade-point average at Dartmouth, majoring in economics with a focus in public economics and international finance. He has been named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team in each of his first three seasons and earned a spot on the Ivy League All-Academic Team as a freshman.
An Economics concentrator with a 3.50 GPA, Maclellan has been selected to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team three straight years, earning Academic All-Ivy honors in 2011. Despite a hockey acumen that has drawn the attention of professional scouts, Maclellan chose to remain at Brown for his senior season saying, "forgoing my senior year and giving up a Brown degree was just something I wasn't willing to do."
A pre-season First Team All-League selection in 2011-2012 by the ECAC Hockey coaches, Maclellan earned Second Team All-ECAC Hockey honors in 2011 and was nominated for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as a junior. Maclellan has been Brown's leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. As a sophomore in 2010, Maclellan led the Bears with 34 points (15g, 19a), all career-highs and also led the team with three short-handed goals and two game-winning goals. Maclellan led the Bears again in 2011, posting 31 points (14g, 17a), despite missing six games due to a season-ending injury. In Brown's mid-January upset over top-ranked Yale, Maclellan posted a goal and an assist. In 91 games, Maclellan has 71 points (31g, 40a), while averaging over a point-per-game during the past two seasons (65 points in 61 games).
An Assistant Captain last year, Maclellan will serve as the Bears' captain in 2011-12. A true sportsman and selfless teammate, Maclellan is rarely assessed for penalties on the ice, and enters his senior year having been whistled for just 33 penalties (85 minutes) in three seasons.
Throughout his collegiate career, Maclellan has been involved with Brown's partnership with the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point, participating in activities at the school and visiting with students. This season, Maclellan, along with Assistant Captain Bobby Farnham (North Andover, Mass.) have partnered with the Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation and Team Impact on two big community service projects. During his time at home in Calgary, Maclellan is a member of College Hockey Calgary, an organization aiming to support minor hockey programs through networks of coaches and mentorship programs. In other seasons at Brown, Maclellan has been involved in community service projects such as a toy drive benefiting the Providence Children's Hospital and raising money and awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation through "Mo'vember," an initiative the team will be organizing again this November.
Ross has been a key contributor for a Big Red team that has competed in the NCAA tournament in two of his first three years on campus, including an ECAC Hockey championship in 2010. He is one of the top defensive presences on the team, particularly as a key cog on a penalty-killing unit that has ranked in the top 10 nationally over the past two seasons. His plus-12 rating ranked second on the team in 2010-11, and he was penalized the least of any defenseman despite frequently being matched up against some of the opposition's best forward combinations.
Outside of the rink, Ross is a two-time selection to the ECAC Hockey Academic All-League team and was the Big Red's Hockey Scholar Athlete last season. He was also named to the College of Human Ecology Dean's List in 2010, carrying a 3.57 grade point average in Human Biology, Health and Society. Ross is an assistant researcher for the Cornell Veterinary College and is writing a paper on his study of assessing the utility of a laser scanning imaging technique called multiphoton microscopy. He has been working on a study for more than one year on cartilage image techniques. The project will also be the platform for Ross' senior thesis for Cornell's Nutrition department. He intends on applying for medical school following his graduation.
2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Men's Ice Hockey Candidates
Chad Billins, Defender, Ferris State
Jack Connolly, Center, Minnesota-Duluth
Tommy Cross, Defender, Boston College
Mike Daly, Defender, Holy Cross
Matt Di Girolamo, Goaltender, New Hampshire
Sean Duddy, Defender, Ohio State
Brad Eidsness, Goaltender, North Dakota
Ryan Flanigan, Forward, Merrimack
Scott Greenham, Goaltender, Alaska-Fairbanks
Chris Haltigin, Defender, RIT
Doug Jones, Forward, Dartmouth
Drew LeBlanc, Forward, St. Cloud State
Sean Lorenz, Defender, Notre Dame
Jack Maclellan, Forward, Brown
Taylor Matson, Forward, Minnesota
Will O'Neill, Defender, Maine
Cody Reichard, Goaltender, Miami (Ohio)
Keir Ross, Defender, Cornell
Ian Slater, Forward, Western Michigan
Paul Weisgarber, Forward, Air Force