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Sports archive for November 23, 2012

Former Mustang nominated for award

Whitehorse native Adam Henderson has been one of 20 players nominated for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate hockey.

By Whitehorse Star on November 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

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GOOD GUY – Whitehorse native Adam Henderson, captain of the NCAA Div. 1 Alaska Nanooks, has been nominated for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award. Star photo courtesy of PAUL MCCARTHY

Whitehorse native Adam Henderson has been one of 20 players nominated for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate hockey.

The award is meant to honour NCAA Division 1 seniors who have notable achievements in four areas – community, classroom, character and competition.

The six-foot-two, 209-pound centre was named captain of the Alaska Nanooks this season.

The former Mustang has a goal and two assists in 10 games this season. He is also plus-4.

Henderson has spent the last three seasons making monthly visits to the Denali Center for “Sports Night” with its residents – senior citizens and disabled Alaskans.

He has also helped coach some of Fairbanks’ youngest hockey players through the Ice Puppies program.

He has also volunteered as a Big Brother, and with events such as Mush for Kids, Hockey Week in Fairbanks, and the With All Your Heart Foundation, all while maintaining a 3.87 grade-point average at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Henderson graduated with his bachelor of business administration last May, and is now pursuing his Masters of Business Administration.

He was Alaska’s Dirk Anderson Scholar Athlete and the program’s CCHA Scholar Athlete of the Year nominee.

“Adam has grown each year he has been a part of our program, and has established himself as a tremendous leader on and off the ice,” said Nanooks’ head coach Dallas Ferguson.

“As our team captain, Adam leads by example and displays the work ethic and commitment we demand from our student-athletes.”

Henderson has emerged as one of the program’s top face-off takers.

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 Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh in April.

The 2012-13 candidate class includes six candidates who have cumulative grade point averages above 3.5. Five of the 20 candidates are from Central Collegiate Hockey Association teams.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot.

Media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the community, classroom, character and competition.

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