Minneapolis, Minn. (January 20, 2006) - Senior Janelle Armitage (Kinsella, Alberta) was selected as a finalist for the 2006 Hockey Humanitarian Award as announced by the Hockey Humanitarian Foundation on Friday morning. Armitage is one of seven finalists for the award that were chosen from a group of 18 nominees.
The Hockey Humanitarian Award is given annually to college hockey's "finest citizen" and seeks to recognize college hockey players, Division I or Division III, male or female, who give back to their community in the true humanitarian spirit. Each finalist has exhibited a strong commitment to their communities, teams and studies.
As a player who has participated in 121 games throughout her collegiate career, Armitage has balanced her on-ice responsibilities with the demands of a nursing major while still finding time to give back to the community while at UConn. Some of her varying community involvement efforts include volunteering at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta as a support and outpatient escort in the Chemotherapy Assessment Room and visiting with elderly patients at the Mansfield Rehabilitation Center in Mansfield, Conn.
In addition to those volunteer efforts, the senior has also organized and participated in numerous community service activities with her teammates. Those include a winter coat and clothing drive, participating in programs at the Growing Tree Early Learning Center in East Hartford, Conn., and a fund drive to aid a Freitas Ice Forum game-day employee whose home had burned down. She has also participated in activities as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during her years as a Husky and was actively involved in community efforts while in high school.
On the academic front, Armitage was recently inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. She was also a Hockey East All-Academic Team member following the 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons as well as being named a Hockey East Academic All-Star in 2002-03 for having the highest GPA at her position.
Joining Armitage as finalists are Eric Leroux of Princeton University, Drew Miller of Michigan State University, Mason Oakes of St. Lawrence University, Jaime Sifers from the University of Vermont, Christ Trick from the University of Notre Dame and Lindsay Williams of Clarkson University.
The 11th recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award will be selected from the group of finalists and named in a ceremony held in conjunction with the Hobey Baker Award and NCAA Skills Competition on Friday, April 7th in Milwaukee, Wisc. during the 2006 NCAA Frozen Four. Compete information, as well as details on the community sevice and humanitarian deeds of all of the finalists, can be found at .