EDINA, Minn. – Feb. 17, 2017 – Three student-athletes from the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) – more than any other Division I conference – have been selected among the 10 finalists for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate hockey: Bemidji State forward Brendan Harms, Northern Michigan defenseman Brock Maschmeyer and Ferris State forward Chad McDonald.
Fans can vote for their favorite candidates daily by visiting the Senior CLASS Award website. Fan voting runs from February 17 to March 28 and is one-third of the criteria that determines the winner.
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 athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Harms, a three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, was selected as alternate captain for the MacNaughton Cup champion Beavers. The Steinbach, Manitoba native has appeared in 134 games over his Bemidji State career, while he is currently tied for fourth on the 2016-17 team with 18 points (7g-11a). He has carried a 4.00 GPA in business administration, with a minor in human performance. An active member of the local community, he has volunteered with the Bemidji Area Boy's and Girl's Club, the Heartland Christian Academy and various campus initiatives. His full award profile can be viewed here.
An alternate captain for the Wildcats each of the past two seasons, Maschmeyer is just the 20th defenseman in program history to score at least 60 points in his career (currently 64 in 140 collegiate games). A three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award honoree, he is working toward a degree in public relations with a minor in communications. The Bruderheim, Alberta native was part of Northern Michigan's effort to clean up Lakeview Arena before its Kraft Hockeyville USA game, while he has volunteered at two local elementary schools and multiple youth organizations. His full award profile can be viewed here.
McDonald has helped lead the Bulldogs to a WCHA regular season championship, a league tournament title and a pair of NCAA Elite Eight appearances during his time on campus. An alternate captain on the 2016-17 team, the Battle Creek, Mich. has also been a key role model for a Ferris State team that ranked among the nation's top-10 in the annual NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR) listing. McDonald is a business administration/legal studies major, with a minor in sports communication, and a three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. In the community, he volunteers for a variety of different organizations that help those with disabilities, while also giving his time at multiple area schools. His full award profile can be viewed here.
The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of candidates announced in January. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award recipients will be announced during the 2017 NCAA Men's Frozen Four.