May 29, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – The Big Ten Conference has announced its annual Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2013-14 academic year with Nate Condon and Hannah Brandt representing the University of Minnesota this season.
The pair of Gophers student-athletes were among 24 honorees on Thursday out of 300 candidates selected throughout the year for displaying positive sportsmanship.
A team captain for the Minnesota men’s hockey program this year, Condon led the Gophers to the inaugural Big Ten regular-season championship and the Frozen Four championship game in his final season with the Maroon & Gold. The senior, who finished his career with 103 points (40 goals, 63 assists), tallied his 100th career point in Minnesota’s 7-3 win over Robert Morris in this year’s NCAA tournament opener, becoming the 81st Gopher in program history to reach the 100-point plateau. Condon, who graduated this month with degrees in finance and accounting from the Carlson School of Management, earned Minnesota’s Elwin “Doc” Romnes Leadeership & Sportsmanship Award this year and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
In her sophomore season, Brandt was named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-3 finalist. She led the Gophers to the national championship game and the 2014 WCHA postseason and regular-season titles. The AHCA/CCM First Team All-American ranked second in the nation and led the Gophers with 65 points while leading the country with 42 assists. Brandt was named the WCHA Player of the Year after leading the league with 40 points and 26 assists in 28 conference games. She is a two-time All-WCHA First Team honoree as well. Brandt intends to study Health and Wellness in the Inter-College Program and enters her junior season in 2014-15 with 147 career points on 56 goals and 91 assists.
Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award criteria: One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
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