TAMPA, FL – Brown senior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) has been named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Second Team in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. The announcement was made Thursday, April 5, by Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, during the NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Tampa. Maclellan was named a candidate in October and then narrowed to a group of 10 finalists in early February.
The award and subsequent first and second team selections, is chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I men's ice hockey head coaches, national media and fans. It is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have 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.
A First Team All-Ivy and Second Team All-ECAC honoree in 2012, Maclellan led the Bears in points (30), earning 30 points for the third straight year, goals (15), assists (15), power play goals (8), short-handed goals (2), and game-winning goals (4). He was also Brown's top center, leading Brown with 482 faceoff wins and a .598 winning percentage. A four-year contributor up front (121 career games), Maclellan was one of Brown's most dangerous offensive threats over the past three seasons. Since the fall of 2009, he has compiled 95 of his 101 career points on 44 goals and 49 assists. With a two-point night in the Bears' 3-3 tie with Harvard, Maclellan became the first Brown player to reach the 100-point milestone since 2008, tallying an assist on the game-tying goal. A valuable part of Brown's special teams, Maclellan had 30 career power play points (12g, 18a) and a Brown modern-day record seven career short-handed goals, including two this season. Maclellan, who signed an NHL contract with the Nashville Predators at the conclusion of the season, was also a two-time candidate for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
An Economics concentrator with a 3.50 GPA, Maclellan has been selected to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team three straight years, earning Academic All-Ivy honors in 2011. Despite a hockey acumen that has drawn the attention of professional scouts, Maclellan chose to remain at Brown for his senior season saying, "forgoing my senior year and giving up a Brown degree was just something I wasn't willing to do." Luiz Valente, the faculty advisor for the men's hockey team, said: "Jack Maclellan is a true embodiment of the ideal of the well rounded student-athlete. This bright and articulate young man has approached his schoolwork with the same dedication that is evident in his performance as a world-class athlete as well as in his solid commitment to the values of our campus wide community. As such, he is destined to succeed in any career he chooses to pursue, whether inside or outside the realm of athletics."
A pre-season First Team All-League selection in 2011-2012 by the ECAC Hockey coaches, Maclellan earned Second Team All-ECAC Hockey honors in 2011. Maclellan has been Brown's leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. As a sophomore in 2010, Maclellan led the Bears with 34 points (15g, 19a), all career-highs and also led the team with three short-handed goals and two game-winning goals, including a series clinching short-handed game-winner in the 2010 ECAC Quarterfinal series against top-seeded and 5th-ranked Yale. That series win sent Brown to the ECAC Final Four for the first time since 2003. Maclellan led the Bears again in 2011, posting 31 points (14g, 17a), despite missing six games due to a season-ending injury. In Brown's mid-January upset over #1 Yale, Maclellan posted a goal and an assist. He also had big games in Brown's 6-1 win over #10 Boston University (1g, 1a), a 5-5 tie with #6 New Hampshire (3a), and a 4-4 tie with #2 Boston University (1g). He also led the Bears with two short-handed goals and had three power-play tallies.
Throughout his collegiate career, Maclellan has been involved with Brown's partnership with the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point, participating in activities at the school and visiting with students. This season, Maclellan, along with Assistant Captain Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA), has partnered with the Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation and Team Impact on two big community service projects. During his time at home in Calgary, Maclellan is a member of College Hockey Calgary, an organization aiming to support minor hockey programs through networks of coaches and mentorship programs. In other seasons at Brown, Maclellan has been involved in community service projects such as a toy drive benefiting the Providence Children's Hospital and raising money and awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation through "Mo'vember," an initiative the team will be organizing again this November.
2012 Men's Ice Hockey Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Winner
Jack Connolly, Center, Minnesota-Duluth
2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award First Team
Chad Billins, Defender, Ferris State
Jack Connolly, Center, Minnesota-Duluth
Ryan Flanigan, Forward, Merrimack
Keir Ross, Defender, Cornell
Paul Weisgarber, Forward, Air Force
2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Second Team
Sean Duddy, Defender, Ohio State
Scott Greenham, Goaltender, Alaska-Fairbanks
Sean Lorenz, Defender, Notre Dame
Jack Maclellan, Forward, Brown
Cody Reichard, Goaltender, Miami (Ohio)