Schiavone a candidate for Lowe's Senior Class Award
Dec. 11, 2007
U.S.A.F. ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force Academy senior defenseman Frank Schiavone is one of 20 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award in college hockey.
Schiavone has been selected as one of 20 collegiate hockey players who have combined excellence in athletics, academics and community service. The award - presented annually to the NCAA's Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports - focuses on the "Four C's" of classroom, character, community and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfill their entire athletic eligibility and pursue the many rewards of a senior season and complete college ducation. Since that time, Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, has expanded the award to include other NCAA sports and it has developed into the nation's premier tribute to college seniors.
This marks the second year for the hockey division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Notre Dame goaltender David Brown was the inaugural winner in 2006-07. Air Force defenseman Billy Devoney was one of 10 finalists for the award last season.
From the list of 20 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in late January 2008. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote that will include coaches, media and fans. The award winner will be announced and recognized at the 2008 NCAA Frozen Four in Denver, CO.
A strong defensive player, Schiavone has played in 99 career games and has 20 points. He has seven points in 16 games this season, including two goals and five assists. A management major, Schiavone is a two-time academic all-conference selection. He was the cadet in charge of the obstacle course during Basic Cadet Training this past summer. In the fall of 2007, he was the honor officer and chief of inspections in his squadron and has been on the dean's list every semester. Schiavone has been active in the community, assisting with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation each of the last four years. He has helped with the annual Walk for the Cure which has raised more than $500,000 in the last four years. The native of Oceanside, N.Y., has also led a group of players in aiding the JDRF with the annual gala. He has also spoke to schools in the Colorado Springs area about the importance of school and teamwork and the skills of hockey.
Joining Schiavone as one of 20 candidates are Robbie Bina, North Dakota; Ryan Cruthers, Robert Morris College; Mark Dekanich, Colgate; Nick Dodge, Clarkson; Matt Fornataro, New Hampshire; Bryce Hollweg, Army; Nick Johnson, Dartmouth; Peter Mannino, Denver; Marty Mjelleli, St. Cloud State; Jake Morissette, Rensselaer; Justin Pesony, St. Lawrence; Kevin Porter, Michigan; Travis Ramsey, Maine; Dale Reinhardt, Holy Cross; Topher Scott, Cornell; Matt Smith, RIT; Landis Stankievech, Princeton; Mark Van Guilder, Notre Dame; Jesse Winchester, Colgate.