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4 BCHL alums up for CLASS award

The annual list of senior NCAA hockey players up for the Senior CLASS Award has been announced and four former BCHL player have been nominated.

Recognizing student-athletes for their excellence on an off the ice, CLASS stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®. BCHL alums Max French, Alex Kerfoot, James de Haas and Brock Maschmeyer have all been listed in the original group of 15 nominees. The list will be trimmed to 10 in February and those names will be sent to college coaches, media and fans for voting.

The winner will be named during the 2017 Frozen Four happening April 6 to 8 at the United Center in Chicago.

Max French is the captain of Bentley University and leads his team in scoring with 9-13-22 this season. The former West Kelowna Warriors captain has 59 goals and 67 assists for 126 points in 121 games so far in his four-year NCAA career, placing him among the top active scorers in college hockey. Having already completed a degree in corporate finance and accounting, the West Kelowna native is currently working towards a master’s degree in accounting.

Alex Kerfoot is co-captain of NCAA No. 6-ranked Harvard and leads the Crimson with 8-18-26 in 17 games. The Coquitlam Express grad posted 33-55-88 n 72 career BCHL games and also won a gold medal with Team Canada West at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge. The West Vancouver product has 104 points in 102 career NCAA games and is a three-time ECAC Hockey all-academic team selection. Kerfoot was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

James de Haas captains Clarkson University and leads the teams defence corps with 4-8-12 this season. The former Penticton Vees standout has 21-35-57 in 135 NCAA games. The Mississauga, Ont. native played the 2012-3 season in Penticton, posting 5-19-24 in 53 games. He is a two-time ECAC hockey all-academic team member and was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Brock Maschmeyer is an alternate captain at Northern Michigan University and leads the Wildcats blueline with 3-9-12 in 26 games so far this season. The native of Bruderheim, Alta. has registered 23-36-59 in 134 NCAA games to date. Maschmeyer joined the Nanaimo Clippers part way through the 2012-13 season after a five-year career in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with Fort McMurray and Lloydminster. Maschmeyer holds a cumulative grade-point average of 3.58 and was a WCHA Scholar-Athlete in 2015 and 2016.