October 14, 2010

Little Candidate For Lowe’s Award

Senior Forward Vying for Senior CLASS Award

 

OVERLAND PARK, KS – Yale senior forward Broc Little (Rindge, N.H.) has been named one of the 20 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in hockey. The award honors 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.

Little led the 2009-10 Bulldogs with 27 goals, a Yale record for juniors, while leading all of Division I in goals per game (.79). He was second on the team with 41 points and garnered numerous post-season honors. Little was named RBK Second-Team All-America and first-team All-ECAC, All-Ivy and All-New England. He was also named ECAC Hockey Player of the Year by the New England Hockey Journal.

Little, a political science major, has shown the same dedication in the classroom. He owns a a 3.1 GPA and has been a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team pick.

The Yale standout is involved with many team outreach programs such as Youth Days and the Yale Youth Hockey Clinic. During Youth Days, he and his teammates speak with children and sign autographs for them. Little also participates in the Skate with the Bulldogs event which allows members of the community to come out and skate with the Yale players. In addition, he has visited local schools to talk to the students about being a scholar-athlete.
 

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."

For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.