Feb. 3, 2011
Overland Park, Kan. – Senior left wing Calle Ridderwall (Stockholm, Sweden) is one of 10 Division I college hockey players to be selected as a finalist for the 2010-11 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The award honors student athletes who excel both on and off the ice and has 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.
Joining Ridderwall on the list of hockey finalists are: Stephane Boileau (Union College), Carter Camper (Miami), Cory Conacher (Canisius), Chay Genoway (North Dakota), Tanner House (Maine), Jacques Lamoureaux (Air Force), Bryant Molle (Alaska), Chase Polacek (Rensselaer) and Matt Read (Bemidji State).
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates that were announced in October. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote via Lowe’s Senior CLASS award website (www.seniorCLASSaward.com) or on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 20. Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches’ votes to determine the winner.
Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the winner April 7 at the NCAA Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn.
Ridderwall has played a key role for the Irish since his freshman season in 2007-08 and currently serves as one of the team’s alternate captains. He is fifth on the Irish roster in scoring with 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points and has four power-play goals and one game winner while being +6 for the season. During his career, Ridderwall has scored 52 goals with 34 assists for 86 points in 142 career games. His 26 career power-play goals rank him sixth on Notre Dame’s all-time list.
Off the ice, Ridderwall has a 3.38 grade-point average in finance in the Mendoza College of Business and he has been involved in all aspects of the team’s community service efforts throughout his career.
The 22-year old finance major becomes the fifth Notre Dame hockey player to make the list of 10 finalists in the five-year history of the award. In 2006-07, goaltender David Brown `07, was a finalist and went on to win the honor. In 2007-08, Mark Van Guilder `08 advanced to the list of 10 finalists and in 2008-09, Erik Condra `09 and Jordan Pearce `09 were finalists. Last season, team captain Ryan Thang `10 was among the top 20 candidates for the award but was not a finalist.