By Chris Cullum
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-- Miami University senior goaltender Cody Reichard has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Premier Sports Management announced Wednesday, five of which play in the CCHA. The award is given annually to one senior student-athlete in several NCAA-sponsored sports and recognizes someone who has had notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Reichard has started 16 games in net for the RedHawks this season and was named CCHA Goaltender of the Month for November, posting a 1.68 goals-against average and a 5-0-2 record. This past weekend against Northern Michigan he posted his 12th career shutout, tying him with David Burleigh for the most in program history. Earlier this season, he was named to the Denver Cup Classic All-Tournament Team while leading the RedHawks to a tournament championship.
Last season as a junior, Reichard held a 15-5-2 mark between the pipes for Miami, ranking eighth nationally with a 2.05 GAA. He was named CCHA Player of the Year as a sophomore and was also one of 10 finalists for the 2009-10 Hobey Baker Award while leading the NCAA with a 1.87 GAA and setting a school record with five shutouts.
In the classroom, Reichard possesses a 3.06 grade-point average while majoring in interdisciplinary business management in Miami's Farmer School of Business. He is in his second year serving on Miami's RedHawk Council, which is Miami's student-athlete leadership council. In 2010, he founded Swoop's Stoop, a program that brings sick children from Cincinnati's Children's Hospital to a Miami hockey game for a night. In addition to getting tickets to the game, the children also receive a Swoop's Stoop t-shirt, food and drinks and recognition during the game.
The program also sets up visits between Miami hockey players and patients to give the children an opportunity to spend some time with their favorite RedHawks for a few hours, while also receiving signed posters and rally towels to keep. For the team's game against Alabama-Huntsville on Feb. 11 they will be wearing special Swoop's Stoop jerseys, in addition to Reichard's specially-painted goalie mask he has been wearing this season, to promote his charity. After the season, the mask will be auctioned off with proceeds going towards blankets and other items for the sick children as well as potentially helping cover medical costs. Here on MURedHawks.com, the jerseys will be auctioned off as well, with the proceeds going towards Swoop's Stoop.
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.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates announced in October. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men's ice hockey head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
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.
2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Hockey Finalists
Chad Billins, Defender, Ferris State
Jack Connolly, Center, Minnesota-Duluth
Sean Duddy, Defender, Ohio State
Ryan Flanigan, Forward, Merrimack
Scott Greenham, Goaltender, Alaska-Fairbanks
Sean Lorenz, Defender, Notre Dame
Jack Maclellan, Forward, Brown
Cody Reichard, Goaltender, Miami
Keir Ross, Defender, Cornell
Paul Weisgarber, Forward, Air Force