COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey senior Dan Evarts (Hinesburg, Vt./Green Mountain Glades) is among 11 Division I, II and III men's and women's ice hockey players from across the nation under consideration for the 18th annual BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award, which lauds college hockey's finest citizen, the Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation announced this week.
"I could not be more proud and happy for Dan with his nomination for the Hockey Humanitarian Award," said head coach Damian DiGiulian. "He is a special young man who has shown great leadership and desire to reach out and help young people in the greater Burlington area. I have seen Dan work with kids and other community members, and I can say with certainty that there are not many college seniors who have the leadership ability and compassion for others that Dan has. He has a very bright future ahead of him, and all of us in the Saint Michael's men's ice hockey program hope that he becomes a finalist for this tremendous honor."
The current group of nominees will be whittled down to a group of finalists next month. This year's award recipient will be introduced and honored in a ceremony on April 12 in Pittsburgh as part of the men's Division I Tournament Frozen Four weekend.
As a member of a Division II program, Evarts aims to become just the fourth non-Division I player to earn the honor. He also looks to become the third Purple Knight to advance to the finalist stage, where he would join John Flint '03 and Alex Higgins '11. Each was a finalist as a senior.
A decorated student-athlete both on and off the ice, Evarts is a co-captain this year after serving as an assistant captain as a junior. Due to his academic excellence, Evarts has qualified for the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll four times, and for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East All-Academic squad on a pair of occasions. The defenseman has two goals and two assists this year, playing in all 16 contests while making appearances in 86 of a possible 96 games during his career.
Evarts has displayed a philanthropic side in the community, giving time both as part of team activities and on an individual basis. Evarts founded the Little Buddies program, which pairs the Saint Michael's men's ice hockey team with a third-grade class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Winooski, and he has also served as a youth mentor at Saint Francis Xavier School in Winooski. Following Hurricane Irene devastating parts of Vermont in August 2011, Evarts organized and led relief efforts in the town of Hancock.
As a member of the men's ice hockey program, Evarts has been heavily involved with Chittenden South Burlington (CSB) Youth Hockey "Dust the Rust" warm-up skates and Halloween canned food drives each year of college. He also twice participated in "Skate with the Knights" through the DREAM Program, which pairs college students with families from affordable housing neighborhoods. Evarts served as the co-director as a junior. Evarts and the Purple Knights have also taken part in the Alzheimer's Walk at the Shelburne Museum for two years.