BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 5, 2018 – University of Minnesota redshirt-senior goaltender Sidney Peters and Ohio State University senior forward Lauren Spring, both from the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), were announced today as two of five finalists for the 2018 Hockey Humanitarian Award.
The prestigious award, presented annually by the Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation, recognizes college hockey's "finest citizen" for leadership in community service.
More on the two WCHA finalists, courtesy of hockeyhumanitarian.org:
Sidney Peters, RS-Sr., G, Minnesota (Geneva, Ill.)
Sidney Peters' contributions on the ice, in the classroom, and in the community at the University of Minnesota over the past five seasons are immeasurable. A left-handed goaltender majoring in kinesiology, Peters also is a certified Emergency Medical Technician. She has logged over 785 volunteer hours with various community outreach activities during her Gophers career, including a self-described life-changing trip to Haiti with Project Medishare where she spent eight days volunteering at Haiti's only critical care and trauma hospital. Her volunteer efforts also include serving as the head goalie coach for Hockey Ministries International in Chicago for two years, combining her love of the sport with her faith. Wise beyond her years, Peters brings a grounded perspective to the Gophers' locker room and is the first to say that, while she loves the sport, there is more to life than hockey. Her teammates describe her as compassionate, dedicated, and thoughtful. Peters plans to attend medical school for fall 2018 with hopes to go into the military and eventually work for the Air Force.
Lauren Spring, Sr., F, Ohio State (Kelowna, British Columbia)
Spring has spent four years being a leader both on and off the ice for the Ohio State women's ice hockey team. She's played in every game the team has had since first putting on the Scarlet and Gray in 2014, and is on pace to reach the top-10 in games played by a Buckeye in program history. In addition to playing in every game, she was named a co-captain of the team prior to the 2017-18 season. Her leadership, however, extends beyond the ice. She made a "Soles for Souls" trip to Ecuador with other OSU student-athletes in May to distribute shoes to those in need. She's also helped organize the team for Meals on Wheels events, and many other service opportunities. Lauren lives her life in a selfless manner, always working toward the best thing for the team and community around her.
The 23rd recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award will be announced Friday, April 6th as part of the 2018 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minnesota. Additionally, the Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation will make a donation to the charity most important to each of the five finalists. These donations are made possible with the generous support of the award's partners and donors.