Henri St. Arnault (Chilliwack Chiefs/BCHL) had one last assist in his career as he handed off the ACHA National Championship trophy from the commissioner to his teammates so they could celebrate their 4-1 win over Illinois.
St. Arnault came to Lindenwood University from the British Columbia Hockey League full of confidence and with a healthy ego, but a back injury humbled him as it took away most of his freshman season. The coaching staff knew two things right away about Hank, he had a tremendous competitive spirit on the ice and he was a committed worker off the ice.
Assistant Coach Rick Zombo on what made Hank successful, “He was the best leader for the team during adverse situations because he was so focused to get the job done. He did the little things correctly and consistently because he understood time management and had a great feel for the composure of his teammates.”
Last week, St. Arnault was honored again for his hard work in the classroom. He was named to ESPN The Magazine District 7 Academic All American 1st Team in the college division. He is now up for their national award voted on by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors Association. He is only the second Lindenwood athlete to ever be named to the 1st team list.
Head Coach Derek Schaub commented on the award, “A great honor and accomplishment to have one of our athletes recognized outside of just the hockey world on a national level. I think it shows what we are trying to accomplish with our program, not just hockey champions but champions in life.”
St. Arnault graduated just a few weeks ago with a degree in Finance and ended his academic career with a 3.68 grade point average. He also finished his career as the all-time leader in points with 202 and assists with 142. And he is now a national champion.
“Lindenwood has given me more than I could of ever imagined, meeting my wife, a National Championship, and a degree. I'm sad that my college experience is over, but I am very excited for the future because of the knowledge and experience that Lindenwood has given me,” said St. Arnault about his time at Lindenwood.