Nov. 15, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- One of the heart and soul skaters for the Wisconsin men's hockey team, senior assistant captain Ryan Little (Fond du Lac, Wis.) is one of 20 men's hockey candidates for the Senior Class Award.
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.
Little, a second-year assistant captain, is also a three-time Academic All-WCHA selection and a past UW Athletic Board Scholar and WCHA Scholar-Athlete. A member of Wisconsin's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Little has taken part in the "red and white hunger fight," among other service projects.
Voted on by his teammates as the Otto Breitenbach Most Improved Player and the Fenton Kelsey, Jr., Most Competitive Player award winner in past seasons, Little boasts nine goals and 23 points during his Badger career to this point.
Read more about Little's qualifications.
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 their communities.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four® in Pittsburgh April 11 and 13.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.