SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—Two Union College hockey players have received prestigious nominations from the college hockey world.
Shayne Gostisbehere is a junior, defenseman and left-winger hockey player at Union College. He was one of 68 college hockey players nominated for the Hobey Baker Award – the Heisman Trophy of the sport.
"Really hasn't hit me yet," he said. "It's a prestigious award and just to be associated with it is pretty amazing."
Days later, teammate Cole Ikkala also made national headlines as one of 10 skaters up for the Humanitarian award, given to college hockey's finest citizen.
"It's a team award," Ikkala said. "Everything I do off the ice, the team also does with me. So, it's kind of a representation of our whole team as a whole."
Teammate Matt Hatch wasn't surprised when both received recognition.
"I played with Cole a bunch throughout our four years here," he said. "Every night he puts on his hard hat, and he works hard and he does a lot of the little things that go unrecognized by the average fans."
Hatch also said Gostisbehere is another player who works hard, has great skill and is fun to watch.
"The things that [Gostisbehere] can do with the puck are things that you don't see every day," he continued. "So you always have to be ready when you're out there on the ice with him because he's such a skilled and such a great player, and he has great vision."
Union College has a campus of just over 2,000 students, but it has shown to produce big-time performers.
"People don't give us that much respect compared to the big guys, but I think we've proved the past five years that we're national contenders," Gostisbehere said. "Big time, making statements and hopefully we continue that."
Gostisbehere and Ikkala will find out if they won their respective awards at the Frozen Four in April.
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