UND's Jones up for national hockey honor
Pat Sweeney | Oct 30, 2018 AT 2:00 pm
UND senior forward and assistant captain Nick Jones was named on Tuesday one of 15 national candidates for the 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate hockey.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Jones is UND’s top returning scorer from 2017-18, which was his first season with the program after transferring from Ohio State. He collected a team-leading 15 goals and added 15 assists in 34 games and won a team-leading 59.3 percent of his faceoffs. This season, Jones is tied for the team lead with four points (all assists) and 14 shots on goal through the first five games.
Off the ice, Jones is a social science major who was named to the 2017-18 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team and was an NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete. He also received the team’s Cliff “Fido” Purpur Award as the player who “exemplifies hard work, determination and being a creator of excitement on the ice.” The Edmonton, Alberta, native has been active in the community since arriving in Grand Forks, volunteering his time to North Dakota Special Olympics, North Dakota Jr. Champions, and more.
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 15 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2019 NCAA Men’s Frozen Final Four® in April.