|Genoway named a national candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award|
UND senior defenseman and team captain Chay Genoway has been named one of 20 national candidates for the 2009-10 Lowe's 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: classroom, character, community and competition.
Genoway was an American Hockey Coaches Association second-team All-American last season after scoring three goals and 29 assists for a career-high 32 points in 42 games. The Morden, Manitoba, native was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-WCHA first team honors.
The College Hockey News has named Genoway to its All-CHN second team following each of the last two seasons. He enters the 2009-10 season as the leading scorer among active WCHA defenseman and needs just 20 points to become only the 11th defenseman in UND history to score 100 career points.
In the classroom, Genoway was named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America third team selection last season, joining Karl Goehring (2000, 2001) as the only players in team history to earn that distinction. Genoway is also a two-time All-WCHA Academic selection and a two-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete.
An active member of the community, Genoway has logged more than 23 hours of community service over the past year. He regularly reads to area school children and has served as an instructor at several youth hockey clinics. In addition, Genoway has assisted UND freshmen moving into dormitories through UND's Adopt-a-Residence Hall program. He has appeared at Sioux Kids Club movie night and at UND's Pucks for Plates function, benefitting the Northlands Rescue Mission. Genoway has lent his time to Sioux Fan Fest and UND's cross-state summer Sioux Caravan in 2009. Genoway also assisted in cleanup efforts after the rural town of Northwood, North Dakota, was devastated by a tornado in the summer of 2008.
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.
The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and the 10 finalists will be placed on the official ballot. Balloting will include media, coaches and fans and the winner will be announced at the NCAA Frozen Four in April.
-- Jayson Hajdu, Media Relations Director, Athletics, www.fightingsioux.com, 777-2985