Portions of this story courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications and Cornell Athletic Communications
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Cornell senior goaltender Andy Iles and Brown senior defenseman Dennis Robertson are among the 10 men's ice hockey finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.
The candidates are student-athletes who excel both on and off the ice. 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 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.
Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through March 31. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men's Frozen Final Four® in April.
A two-time team captain, Robertson has proven to be an exceptional all-around player and leader for the Bears throughout his career. Robertson, an All-Ivy First Team selection last season, ranks fourth on the team and first among defensemen with 17 points on six goals and 11 assists. He leads the team with five power-play goals and 46 blocked shots. Robertson notched his 50th career assist earlier this season to become the 38th member of the 50-assist club in program history. In 122 career games, the Carolina Hurricanes prospect and two-time ECAC All-Academic honoree has earned 70 points (17g, 53a).
Iles has started 80 consecutive games in goal for the Big Red before earning a well-deserved break Nov. 26. He enters this weekend's games just 73 saves shy of the program's record for most career saves, and he also ranks in top 10 all-time in shutouts (sixth), wins (fourth), goals-against average (seventh) and save percentage (eighth). He has twice this year been named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week and was the Most Valuable Player of the Florida College Hockey Classic in December.
Outside of the rink, Iles has been named to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Dean's List five times, carrying a 3.78 grade point average. He is a member of the Sphinx Head Senior Honor Society, which recognizes members of the junior and senior class who have distinguished themselves in leadership and service to the university. Iles is also a member of the Red Key Society, an honor society specifically for varsity athletes which honors outstanding undergraduate contributors to the athletic program and the university as a whole through community service events.