Senior captain Taylor Matson is one of 20 student-athletes selected as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in men's ice hockey.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I men's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Men's Frozen Four®, which will be held April 5 and 7 in Tampa.
Matson, who has overcome numerous injuries during his Gopher career, was voted captain by his teammates during the offseason. Head coach Don Lucia said early this season that he has never coached a player who worked harder than Matson. The Mound. Minn., native had a career high 10 goals last year and had one goal and one assist last weekend as the Gophers swept the visiting Sacred Heart Pioneers to begin the year.
The other 19 candidates are: Chad Billins (Ferris State), Jack Connolly (Minnesota Duluth), Tommy Cross (Boston College), Mike Daly (Holy Cross), Matt Di Girolamo (New Hampshire), Sean Duddy (Ohio State), Brad Eidsness (North Dakota) Ryan Flanigan (Merrimack), Scott Greenham (Alaska), Chris Haltigin (Rochester Institute of Technology), Doug Jones (Dartmouth), Drew LeBlanc (St. Cloud State), Sean Lorenz (Notre Dame), Jack Maclellan (Brown), Will O'Neill (Maine), Cody Reichard (Miami), Keir Ross (Cornell), Ian Slater (Western Michigan) and Paul Weisgarber (Air Force).