Feb. 13, 2013
USAFA, Colo. - Air Force senior Stephen Carew is one of 10 collegiate hockey players named a candidate for the Senior CLASS award, recognizing student-athletes who have combined excellence in athletics, academics and community service.
Carew (Eden Prairie, Minn.) carries a 3.14 cumulative grade point average and has a 3.51 GPA in his major of management. He has been on the superintendent's list once for excellence in academics, military and athletics in the same semester. An academic all-conference selection, he has been on the dean's list four times and the commandant's list three times (military excellence). Carew was selected as a team captain by his teammates for the 2012-13 season. This past summer, he was an instructor on the obstacle course during Basic Cadet Training, assisting the incoming freshmen through the physical demands of the summer program. Despite the academic and military demands of being a cadet at a service academy, he has volunteered his limited free time for several causes. Each of his four years, he has worked the Walk to Cure Diabetes for the Juvenile Research Diabetes Foundation, assisting with the logistics of the day and signing autographs during the event. He has also volunteered for the Adopt-a-School Program all four years which includes reading to children at local elementary schools and talking about the importance of education. The past two years, he has volunteered for the MS Walk by playing hockey with kids at the event, signing autographs and assisting with the logistics of the Walk.
Carew currently ranks second on the team with 10 goals this season and is third on the team with 22 points. He has played in 140 career games (as of Feb. 13) and has 29 goals, 31 assists, 60 points and nine power-play goals in his career. A versatile athlete, Carew has played in 38 career games on defense and 102 at forward. A solid all-around player, he plays in every situation for the Falcons. He is the only player on the team with at least one power-play goal, a short-handed goal and a game-winner. Carew is also one of the team's top faceoff men, winning 54 percent of his draws this season.
Carew is the seventh consecutive Falcon to be a finalist for the prestigious award, joining Billy Devoney (2007), Frank Schiavone (2008), Mike Phillipich (2009), Matt Fairchild (2010), Jacques Lamoureux (2011) and Paul Weisgarber (2012). Lamoureux became the first Air Force player in any sport to win the award.
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 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 25. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
The 10 finalists are: Brett Beebe, Western Michigan; Danny Biega, Harvard; Kyle Bonis, Ferris State; Stephen Carew, Air Force; Alex Gerke, Connecticut; Ben Hanowski, St. Cloud State; Brendan Jamison, Robert Morris; Brandon Nunn, Holy Cross; Cheyne Rocha, Army; Steven Spinell, Miami (Ohio)
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four® in Pittsburgh April 11 and 13.
For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.