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Burke Named Hockey Humanitarian Finalist

MINNEAPOLIS —  Senior captain Cal Burke has been named one of five finalists for the 2020 Hockey Humanitarian Award, the foundation announced on Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 5). 

Burke has been a nominee each of the last two seasons for the award, which is presented annually to college hockey’s “finest citizen” for leadership in community service. The foundation showcases student-athletes across all three divisions who make significant contributions not only to his or her team but also to the community-at-large through leadership in volunteerism.

One of the leaders in regards to the team’s involvement with the Fighting Irish Fight for Life program, Burke is also a member of Notre Dame’s Student Athlete Advisory Council. The Boxborough, Massachusetts, native serves on a mental health sub-group within the SAAC, working to reduce the stigma around mental health and help-seeking. To that end, he helped develop and launch the Irish Strong Initiative.

Burke has been a participant in Notre Dame’s Rosenthal Leadership Academy and he earned the Compton Family Leadership in Service Award in 2019 and while also being Notre Dame’s 2019 Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree. 

An excellent student as a Business Analytics major in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Burke earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018 and 2019 and prior to that he was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team in 2017.

Burke has skated in 137 career games while scoring 36 goals and adding 50 assists for 86 points. He has been a part of a Notre Dame program that has advanced to at least the NCAA Regional Final round in each of the last three seasons.    

Devin Brosseau (Clarkson University), Amanda Conger (St. Anselm College), Dakota Keene (UMass Boston) and Delaney Wolf (Saint Mary’s University) join Burke as 2020 finalists. The Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation will make a donation to the charity most important to each of the five finalists.

The 25th recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award will be honored in a ceremony on Friday, April 10th as part of the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four weekend in Detroit, Michigan. 

Up Next

  • Notre Dame has the Big Ten bye this weekend before returning to play host to Minnesota on Feb. 14-15 at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
  • Friday’s game one of the Minnesota series will feature a 7 p.m. puck drop (NBCSN), followed by a 6 p.m. start on Saturday (NBC Sports Chicago+).
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  • Saturday’s contest against the Gophers will be the annual Irish Wear Green game for the fans and free green t-shirts & pom poms will be distributed while supplies last. 
  • Additionally, the team will wear commemorative jerseys as the program raises awareness for the 525 Foundation
  • The jerseys will be auctioned to benefit the foundation.