by Amy Moritz
Canisius forward Kyle Gibbons was named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the honor focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in the community.
Gibbons, a native of Westlake, Ohio, was the MVP of the Atlantic Hockey tournament last year, leading the Ice Griffs to their first NCAA tournament appearance.
He ranks fourth in the school’s Division I history with 121 career points and second with 55 career goals, just seven behind all-time leader Cory Conacher who, as it happens, was the last Ice Griff to be named a finalist for this award.
This season, Gibbons leads Canisius with 29 points, 13 goals and eight power-play tallies.
The finance major has a 3.50 grade point average. Gibbons is also active within the Buffalo community, volunteering with Hasek’s Heroes, the Food Bank of Western New York and Canisius Community Days.
Fan votes combine with votes from the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winner. The nationwide voting is open now through March 31 and fans can cast their online ballots at the Senior CLASS Award website.
The finalists also include Sam Brittain (Denver), Greg Carey (St. Lawrence), Scott Czarnowczan (Ferris State), Brock Higgs (RPI), Cole Ikkala (Union), Andy Iles (Cornell), Dennis Robertson (Brown), Ryan Walters (Nebraska Omaha) and Matt Zarbo (Clarkson).