Despite disappointing results against Clarkson and St. Lawrence this past weekend, there is plenty of good news to go around for Union’s Men’s Hockey Team.
Sebastien Gingras ’16 and Theo Di Pauli von Treuheim ’16 have been nominated for the NCAA Humanitarian and Senior CLASS Awards, respectively.
The Humanitarian Award, which Gingras is nominated for, is presented annually to college hockey’s “finest citizen,” seeking to recognize college hockey players from any division, male or female, who contribute to local and/or global communities in a true humanitarian spirit.
Gingras is one of 18 nominees, but one of just three to be nominated for the second consecutive year.
“I’m truly lucky to have been nominated for the award,” Gingras said. “I love Union and I’m proud to be part of the men’s hockey team, so my involvement is a way to thank them for the opportunity they give me every day.”
Gingras was an RA in Davidson Hall last year, a member of the Honor Code Council and a spokesman for the It’s On Us campaign against sexual assault.
He is currently working with patients who have undergone bariatric surgery for his senior thesis, hoping to discover genetic markers that predispose patients to weight gain.
The Senior CLASS Award, an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, focuses on the total student-athlete, encouraging students to use their platform as athletes to make a positive impact as leaders around their communities. Di Pauli von Treuheim is nominated for this award. The Senior CLASS award is for members of the senior class in a given year, and highlights notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
“Here at Union, it has been an incredible journey to be both an athlete and a student,” Di Pauli commented. “It has been an incredible ride and a true honor to be recognized for both.”
Di Pauli, along with teammate David Roy ’16, invite kids with terminal illnesses to the games, establishing connections and making friendships with them.
“There is a lot of truth in the statement that our team recruits not only good hockey players, but incredible human beings,” Gingras said, “Regardless of award considerations, all the guys represent our program with a huge amount of class.”
Union’s record stands at 10-10-8 after this past weekend’s play. Inconsistent effort has been an issue all season according to head coach Rick Bennett, but both Di Pauli and Gingras feel confident with where the team is headed down the stretch.
“Right now, our team is working hard to put all the pieces together,” Gingras said, “As a team, we want to keep building our game so that when playoffs come around, we are the best team we can be, and we can compete with any team we face.”
“I like the way we are growing,” Di Pauli said. “We’re a young team but we have grown together and are hungry. I’m excited to end my college career with this crew.”
“Every year, we are able to come together in big moments, and I believe that we corrected a lot of the things that made us inconsistent this season,” Gingras said, “I believe that we are going to keep progressing going forward and enter the playoffs a different team.”
The Dutchmen have six regular season games remaining on the schedule.