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NMU's Beaulieu, UAA's Nicholas, BGSU's Rauhauser and LSSU's Humitz and Saccoman candidates for national student-athlete honor
Five WCHA Players Named Senior CLASS Nominees
NMU's Beaulieu, UAA's Nicholas, BGSU's Rauhauser and LSSU's Humitz and Saccoman candidates for national student-athlete honor

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – January 23, 2020 – Five Western Collegiate Hockey Association seniors are among 20 candidates announced this week for the 2019-20 Senior CLASS Award.

Northern Michigan's Philip Beaulieu, Alaska Anchorage's Nolan Nicholas, Bowling Green's Alec Rauhauser and Lake Superior State's Max Humitz and Collin Saccoman were nominated for the honor by their respective institutions.

The Senior CLASS Award has been presented annually since 2007 to an outstanding senior NCAA Division I men's ice hockey student-athlete who has made an impact in four areas – community, classroom, character and competition. In addition to men's ice hockey, student-athletes are also honored in the sports of men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, football, lacrosse, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball and volleyball.

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 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February with those 10 names being placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting panel of media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four C's of community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2020 Men's Frozen Four in Detroit.


WCHA Candidate Profiles

Name, Class, Pos., School (Hometown/Previous Team (League))
Philip Beaulieu, Sr., D, Northern Michigan (Duluth, Minn./Madison (USHL))
Max Humitz, Sr., F, Lake Superior State (Livonia, Mich./Tri-City Storm (USHL))
Nolan Nicholas, Sr, D, Alaska Anchorage (Thunder Bay, Ont./Sioux Falls (USHL))
Alec Rauhauser, Sr., D, Bowling Green (Bismarck, N.D./Des Moines (USHL))
Collin Saccoman, Sr., D, Lake Superior State (Stillwater, Minn./Waterloo (USHL))