The captain of the Robert Morris men’s hockey team, Brendan Jamison, was chosen by a media committee as one of the 10 finalists for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award.
Jamison, a Shady Side Academy graduate, is enjoying a career year with a personal-best seven assists and eight points. He has 22 points points in 125 career games but Jamison excels in the defensive zone with a +6 rating and 39 blocked shots Jamison has also seen time on the Colonials’ power play this season where he picked up his only goal.
“I’m extremely honored to be chosen as a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. To be nominated with all of the other great guys that were chosen is an honor in itself,” said Jamison. “It is easy to be positive and productive when you are surrounded by great people. I owe it all to my teammates and the coaching staff who have allowed me to be in the position I am in now.”
Jamison has a 3.74 grade-point average while double majoring in finance and accounting. Jamison became the first captain of the Robert Morris program to be a native of Pittsburgh after a vote by his teammates.
Jamison and the Colonials' senior playeers are active with the “RMU Hockey Krushes Cancer” campaign to benefit former teammate and captain Chris Kushneriuk. Since the beginning of the season when the team first learned of Kushneriuk's diagnosis, the team has raised over $20,000 that he has put towards his needs to battle the disease.
“As a coaching staff, we are very proud of Brendan and the nomination he has received. He has been a first-class student-athlete who has excelled as our captain this season,” said Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley. “He has developed in to a strong, hard-working defensive defenseman who often goes unnoticed. We have had many fine alumni deserving of various accolades and it is rewarding to Brendan to be the first member of our program to become a finalist for this award.”
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. As a senior, the student-athlete must be active in the community and the classroom as well as having a defining character and drive for competition.
Fans can vote at seniorCLASSaward.com or on the Senior CLASS Award’s Facebook fan page through March 25. The fan votes will be tallied with the media and coaches’ votes to determine the winner that will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four at the Consol Energy Center on April 11-13.