April 9, 2010

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin Named Lowe's Senior CLASS All-American

DETROIT, Mich. - Just prior to the start of the NCAA Division I Frozen Four in at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and All-American Teams were announced. Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey senior captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin was named to the Second Team. Earlier this season, Beaudoin was announced as one of the 20 men's ice hockey student-athletes up for consideration for the award that recognizes athletic achievement, classroom excellence and community involvement. Earlier this month, following a two-month fan voting process, Beaudoin was named one of the ten finalists. Cornell's Colin Greening was named the 2010 award winner.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, 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. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates who were announced in October.

Beaudoin is currently playing for the Bakersfield (Ca.) Condors of the East Coast Hockey League, the premier 'AA' hockey league in professional hockey. Beaudoin was added to the team's roster on March 30, heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Beaudoin made an immediate impact, scoring the game-winning goal for the Condors in a 2-1 win against the Idaho Steelheads that clinched a share of the Pacific Division title, Bakersfield's first in its 12-year history.

Beaudoin's showed constant improvement over his collegiate career as his goal, assist and point totals have increased each season. This season, Beaudoin became the 17th player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to score 100 career points, while finishing his career with 101. Beaudoin tallied 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points, all career highs. Beaudoin also earned ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors on March 1 after scoring four times in a weekend series that clinched home-ice for the Bobcats for the upcoming ECAC Hockey Tournament.

As a sophomore, Beaudoin became the first player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to be named an assistant captain and continued to do so through his junior year before being named the Bobcats' captain this season. Following his freshman year, Beaudoin married high-school sweetheart, Candace. The couple welcomed their first child on Oct. 7, 2009 - the day Quinnipiac was set to travel to Ohio State for the 2009-10 season opener. Beaudoin did not make the trip with the Bobcats, but has been a leader on and off the ice all season long.

Off the ice, Beaudoin has been instrumental in the team's community involvement. Quinnipiac Athletic's Positive Play initiative stresses just that, and Beaudoin has been out in front of the team's trips to local elementary schools to reach-out to the youth in the Greater New Haven area. In addition, Beaudoin has also been extensively involved in youth hockey in Hamden for his entire collegiate career.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: classroom, community, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards that a senior season can bring. Sportscaster Dick Enberg, Honorary Chairman of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, first conceived the idea of an award for seniors in 2001 in response to the growing trend of men's basketball players leaving school early for the NBA. The award program has expanded the past two years to include a total of nine NCAA® Division I sports - football, men's and women's soccer, men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, baseball and softball in addition to men's and women's basketball. The award is sponsored by Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA®, and managed by Premier Sports Management. For more information, visit www.seniorCLASSaward.com.