Apr 7, 2011 8:54 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Air Force forward Jacques Lamoureux has been selected as the 2010-11 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner in men's ice hockey. The announcement and trophy presentation were made Thursday by Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, at the NCAA Men's Frozen Four® in Saint Paul, Minn.
The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I head coaches, national media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I 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.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's 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.
"This is truly an honor and humbling to accept this award on behalf of my teammates and the Air Force Academy," Lamoureux said. "We have had a lot of worthy candidates the last few years and for someone to win this award from the Academy is a tremendous honor."
Lamoureux maintains a 3.76 grade point average in his management major. He has been on the Dean's List three times and was on the Superintendent's List in 2007 for excellence in academics, military and athletics. In 2010, he was selected to travel to Washington D.C., in the Cadet Summer Research Program. Lamoureux worked in the Pentagon, researching and analyzing data that pertains to combat effectiveness and deployments. Lamoureux has visited numerous schools in the Colorado Springs area, reading to youngsters, demonstrating the sport of hockey and talking about the importance of education and teamwork. After overcoming a severe case of teenage depression during high school, he was invited to speak to numerous teenagers as part of the Yellow Ribbon Program and T.E.A.R.S.
"Jacques Lamoureux stands for everything the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award represents," head coach Frank Serratore said. "He is an outstanding student, a tremendous leader and a highly decorated player. I am both proud and happy for Jacques as he is a very deserving and worthy recipient."
This season, Lamoureux led Air Force to its fourth Atlantic Hockey Association title in five years and the fourth NCAA appearance in school history. He earned second-team all-league honors this season as he scored 24 goals and had 44 points. He leads the nation with 13 power-play goals this season. The senior was also named the MVP of the AHA Tournament this season. In 2009, he was a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award for college hockey's finest citizen. After leading the nation in goals, game-winners and power-play goals in 2008-09, Lamoureux was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
"Jacques has risen to his sport's highest level while maintaining a focus on what will be important for him after his graduation from college," said David Geren, Lowe's vice president of marketing. "To see how he has overcome the challenges facing today's youth has been remarkable and is truly a testament to his strong character."