Overland Park, Kan. – Senior Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was named one of 20 candidates for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award, announced Wednesday morning.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division 1 senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
A senior captain, Hardowa has been a mainstay on the back line for the Wildcats throughout his career. Hardowa appeared in 36 games last season, totaling 16 points on six goals and 10 assists. He was also third on the team in blocked shots with 37. He is currently tied for second on the team with eight points through the first eight games, leading New Hampshire to a 6-1-1 record over that stretch.
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.
The 2012-13 candidate class includes six candidates who have cumulative grade point averages above 3.5. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four® in Pittsburgh April 11 and 13.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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.