NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College junior goaltender Kelsie Fralick of West Chester, Pa. has been nominated for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award.
Fralick is one of 18 student-athletes nominated for the prestigious award. Finalists will be announced in February, and the 2014 recipient will be recognized in a ceremony on Friday, April 11th as part of the 2014 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Hockey Humanitarian Award is presented annually to college hockey's "finest citizen" and seeks to recognize college hockey players, male or female, who contribute to local and/or global communities in a true humanitarian spirit.
"It has been clear to anyone who has seen Kelsie play, that she is a tremendous player and leader for our team," Connecticut College Head Women's Hockey Coach Kristin Steele said. "Her stats speak for themselves. Most people, outside of the team, do not see how much she gives of herself to the local community and to national organizations like Be the Match. She does not talk a lot about these endeavors but she certainly puts a lot into them."
Working with the Be the Match program, Fralick has organized bone marrow testing drives on campus and raised the awareness of this important program across other campuses in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Fralick also holds a critically important leadership post as a coach with the Special Olympics Speed Skating Team out of Southeastern Connecticut. She has volunteered with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization.
Fralick enjoyed a breakthrough season in goal during a historic 2012-2013 campaign that saw the Camels set a program record with 14 wins while advancing to the semi-final round in the NESCAC Championship for the second time in program history.
Fralick set a school record with six shutouts between the pipes, the last one was a 32 save gem in the NESCAC Quarterfinal Round that occurred on the 23rd of February at Trinity. Fralick's .947 save percentage was the third best in the country. Her 1.59 goals against average tied for her 10th place among Division III net-minders.
Connecticut College women's hockey captain and leader Brigid O'Gorman '11 was honored as a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award in both 2010 and 2011.
The Camels will host Wesleyan for a two-game series in New London this weekend. Friday night's game faces off at 7 pm with Saturday's showdown of intra-state rivals getting underway at 3.