Courtesy of RITAthletics.com
ROCHESTER, NY – Senior forward Erik Brown (Keene, Ontario/Kemptville 73’s) of the RIT men’s hockey team was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award on Friday, Feb. 8. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – classroom, character, community and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the 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 the community.
The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of candidates announced in the fall. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through April 8. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners.
One of RIT’s co-captains, Brown leads the team with 13 goals and is tied for third with 21 points in 27 games this season. On Oct. 20, he scored his third career hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Colgate and was named the Atlantic Hockey Offensive Player of the Week. On Jan. 11, Brown became the 11th player in RIT’s Division I era to reach 100 career points. Three days later, Brown earned his second AHA Offensive Player of the Week honor and was named NCAA Ice Hockey’s First Star of the Week.
Brown enjoyed a tremendous 2017-18 campaign, setting a RIT Division I team record with 29 goals, which was tied for second nationally. In 2016-17, Brown led RIT with 16 goals and 27 points. Brown has appeared in 139 career games with 65 goals, 42 assists and 107 points. He is RIT’s all-time leader in goal scoring at the Division I level and is ninth in points.
Brown was a 2017-18 Atlantic Hockey first team selection. In 2018, Brown, won RIT’s Lou Spiotti Coaches Award and was recipient of the Greg Moss Hard Hat Award.
In the classroom, Brown, a biomedical sciences major, is also a three-time Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team selection (2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18). Brown has delivered Teddy Bears to children at the Rochester Regional Health Pediatric Department after the annual Teddy Bear Toss game in both 2016 and 2017. In addition, he has volunteered with Muddy’s Buddies in Rochester, which is a nonprofit, charitable organization that seeks to improve the quality of life of children and their families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other chronic illnesses.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2019 NCAA Men’s Frozen Final Four® in April.