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Cal Burke Named Hockey Humanitarian Award Nominee

Senior captain earns honor for second straight year

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — For the second consecutive season, Cal Burke has been named a nominee for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, which was announced this afternoon by The Hockey Humanitarian Foundation (Jan. 13).

Burke, a senior captain and one of 13 nominees, has served as a leader for the Irish on the ice, in the classroom and in the community. 

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 also 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.

A season ago, Burke earned the Compton Family Leadership in Service Award and was Notre Dame’s 2019 Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.

The award is presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen — a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team but also to the community-at-large through leadership in volunteerism.

Finalists for the 2020 Hockey Humanitarian Award will be announced in February. The 2020 recipient will be honored in a ceremony on Friday, April 10th as part of the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four weekend in Detroit, Michigan.

The group of nominees includes nine seniors, three juniors and one sophomore, along with nine male (4 Div. I) and four female (1 Div. I) candidates. The list includes seven forwards, three defenseman and three goaltenders.

The following are this year’s nominees:

Matt Beck, Jr., G,University of Vermont Westport, Conn.
Davis Bunz, Jr., D, Providence College, Middleton, Wis.
Cal Burke *, Sr., F, University of Notre Dame, Boxborough, Mass.
Devin Brosseau *, Sr., F, Clarkson University, Saint-Lambert, Quebec
Amanda Conger, Sr., F, Saint Anselm College, Swanton, Vt.
Catherine Crawley, Sr., F, University of Connecticut, Washingtonville, N.Y.
Jordan Keeley, So., G, St. Mary’s University, St. Peter, Minn.
Conlan Keenan, Sr., F, SUNY-Geneseo, Rochester, N.Y.
Dakota Keene, Sr., F, UMass Boston, Poland, Maine
Jimmy Poreda, Sr., G, SUNY Plattsburgh, Tonawanda, N.Y.
Lucas Smith, Sr., D, Post University, Calgary, Alta.
James Varney *, Sr., F, Stonehill College, Smithfield, Maine
Delaney Wolf, Jr,. D, St. Mary’s University, Bismarck, N.D.
*Repeat nominee

Up Next

  • Notre Dame will hit the road next weekend for a two-game series at No. 7/8 Ohio State.
  • Game one (Jan. 17) is slated for a 6 p.m. ET start on the Big Ten Network, while game two (Jan. 18) features a 5 p.m. ET puck drop (BTN+).