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Union's Ikkala, Johnston nominees for Hockey Humanitarian Award

By Ken Schott
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Two Union hockey players have made the Hockey Humanitarian Award nominee list.

Dutchmen senior forward Cole Ikkala and Dutchwomen senior defenseman Ashley Johnston are two of the 18 nominees for the award, which was announced Thursday.

It's the first time Union hockey has had two players nominated since the award was first presented in 1997.

Ikkala is the fourth Dutchmen to be nominated, and the first since Stephane Boileau in 2011. The other Dutchmen to be nominated were Olivier Bouchard (2007) and Jeff Wilson (2002). Wilson is the only one who was a finalist.

Ikkala is also a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

Johnston is just the second Union women’s hockey player to be nominated. Jamie Laubisch was the first in 2004.

The rest of this year's finalists are Denver senior Wade Bennett, Quinnipiac senior Amanda Colin, St. Cloud State senior Nic Dowd, Connecticut College junior Kelsie Fralick, Cornell seniors Alyssa Gagliardi and Andy Iles, Merrimack senior Jordan Heywood, North Dakota junior Mark McMillan, Robert Morris senior Brandi Pollock, Vermont senior Danielle Rancourt, Notre Dame senior Joe Rogers, Holy Cross senior Jeffrey Reppucci, Army senior Mike Santee, Colgate senior Jocelyn Simpson, Concordia College sophomore Max Smith and Northeastern senior Kelly Wallace.

The finalists will be announced in February. The award will be presented April 11 at the Frozen Four in Philadelphia.

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