April 7, 2011
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Miami University senior forward Carter Camper was tabbed to the Lowe's Senior CLASS First Team for hockey Thursday night, Lowe's announced at the Xcel Center during the NCAA Frozen Four. Air Force Academy forward Jacques Lamoureux won the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award from among the 10 finalists that were named on Feb. 2.
Joining Camper and Lamoureux on the five-member First Team were Canisius' Cory Conacher, North Dakota's Chay Genoway and Maine's Tanner House. The Second Team consisted of Union's (NY) Stephane Boileau, Alaska's Bryant Molle, Rensselaer's Chase Polacek, Bemidji State's Matt Read and Notre Dame's Calle Ridderwall.
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.
Camper, a psychology major, carries a 3.62 grade-point average, which is tops on the team. He has been named to the Dean's list five times during his career and twice more to the honor roll. In addition to academics, Camper has been active in the community by helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity and spending time with local elementary school students. He and his teammates have also engaged with hockey fans and supporters on Skate with the `Hawks Night, provided instruction to members of the Junior RedHawks Kids Club and skated with the handicapped. This year, he was also involved with underprivileged children through the One Way Farm Children's Home in Fairfield, Ohio.
A native of Rocky River, Ohio, Camper finished his career at Miami as the second leading scorer in school history with 183 points, totaling at least 40 points all four seasons in Oxford, and was the NCAA's career scoring leader over the last four years. The 2010-11 captain for Miami also closed his RedHawk career ranked second in assists with 114 and tied for seventh with 69 career goals, including 31 power-play goals and 11 game-winning goals, both of which rank third all-time at Miami.
Camper was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award this year, the second time he's been named a finalist (2009), and was a First-Team All-CCHA selection for the second time in his career this year as well. He was named CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in March.
This past season, Camper put up career numbers, ranking fourth nationally with a career-best 57 points while ranking third in the country with 38 assists and a 1.46 points per game average. He recorded a point in 32 of 39 games this year, including 16 multi-point games, while being named National Player of the Month for October. An All-American in 2009, Camper led Miami to its first Mason Cup this year while ranking second in CCHA play with 39 points and 28 assists.
Camper signed an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins Wednesday and will play for their AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, three times this weekend, beginning Friday night.