Vote for Ryan Flanigan
North Andover, Mass. – Senior Captain Ryan Flanigan (Rochester, NY) has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, joining nine other NCAA men's ice hockey student-athletes who excel on and off the ice.
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.
Flanigan is the only Hockey East player to be named a finalist for the prestigious award. There were two other Hockey East players on the original ballot, but Flanigan was the only player to be named a finalist.
Flanigan has been a key contributor to Merrimack on the ice, leading his team to a national ranking as high as #1 in the country earlier in the year and #4 presently. Flanigan is leading the team in scoring with 20 points on the season and is tied for the team lead in assists with 13. He is also leading the team in plus/minus with a rating of +15 for the season.
Outside of the rink, Flanigan was one of only 12 Merrimack student-athletes to receive a 4.0 in the fall semester. Flanigan has been a member of the Best Buddies program all four years on the Merrimack campus. Flanigan has been named to the Hockey East All-Academic team three straight seasons and also was named to the 2011 Hockey East Academic All-Star Team. Flanigan has been a part of Merrimack's Dean List on five occasions and President's List on one occasion. Flanigan also participates in player/ community open skates throughout the hockey year and was the player representative for the Teddy Bear Toss which takes place every hockey season, as donated teddy bears are collected and given to children at a local Boys and Girls club. Flanigan has also been a member of SAAC, Student Athlete Academic Committee, for the past three years and has been a vocal representative.
Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The winner will be announced at the 2012 NCAA Men's Frozen Four, which will be staged April 5-7 in Tampa, Fla.