Hockey UND: Zach Driscoll wins Senior CLASS 2021-22 | Mighty 790 KFGO

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – North Dakota goalkeeper Zach Driscoll was selected as the winner of the NCAA® Division I Senior Ice Award® 2021-22 in men’s ice hockey. He became the second North Dakota student-athlete to win the award in school history, joining Jordan last season. Kawaguchimu.

The award, selected on the basis of a nationwide vote by the men’s hockey division coaches, the national hockey media and fans, is awarded annually to the most important senior student athletes in the 1st men’s hockey division.

Short for Celebrating Loyalty and Success at School®, Senior CLASS targets all student-athletes and encourages students to use their athletics platform to have a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student athlete must be classified as a senior or graduate student in NCAA Division I and must have remarkable achievements in four areas of excellence: class, community, character, and competition.

“I am extremely honored and honored to have been selected as the winner of this year’s Senior CLASS Award,” said Zach Driscoll, who follows Kawaguchi as the second Fighting Hawk to deserve the award. “I can’t say enough good things about the time I was lucky enough to spend at the University of North Dakota. My trip to college taught me first and foremost a lesson in perseverance and that tackling the difficulties of a positive attitude is an absolute must for success. I also learned how important it is to follow my own path. My college career was an adventure that didn’t make sense to many on the outside, but in the end it was perfect for me. ”

Driscoll, who hails from Apple Valley, Minnesota, began his career at the University Council in St. Cloud State. During the season, he started in 11 games and played in another three, collecting 678:39 minutes this year. Driscoll performed 285 goals and 36 goals against, which is good at 3.18 GAA and 0.888 SV% in 16-17.

Driscoll had to retire in 17-18 after transferring to Bemidji State at the end of his freshman season. On his return to the event the following year, Driscoll led all Beaver goalkeepers with a time of 1500: 50 minutes in 27 matches. He won the record 10-12-4, added 582 interventions with 58 goals against. Driscoll also added three outages in the season with 2.32 GAA and 0.909 SV%.

In his second season with the Beavers, Driscoll further added to his claim as an ironman on the ice. He played in 33 of 37 matches with a score of 21-8-4 in 1989: 15 minutes played. Driscoll was great for the state of Bemidji when it achieved 862 savings, which along with 1.63 GAA and 0.937 SV%. He was appointed to the second All-WCHA team after the conference pace in the started matches (27) and minutes (1626: 31). Driscoll also performed exceptionally well against his peers at the national level, finishing third in the GAA, fifth in SV%, sixth in victories and eighth in shuttles (four).

In an effort to leverage all of its successes from the previous year, Driscoll had another great season with the Beavers. He gained a place in the third All-WCHA team after leading the country with 767 interventions and added two shutouts, .232 GAA and .922 SV%. Driscoll played in 25 games for Bemidji State, collected 1678:17 minutes and brought them to the NCAA tournament as a large team only for the second time in the program’s history.

Driscoll moved to North Dakota in the years 21-22, where he played for the Fighting Hawks in his final season. He played for his team in 33 matches, which means 1970: 22 minutes a year. Driscoll collected a total of two shutouts and 757 saves, finishing with a record of 22-11-1. He scored 77 goals, but recorded an extremely impressive 2.34 GAA and NCHC leading 0.908 SV% in his final round. Driscoll was rightfully named to the second All-NCHC team after helping North Dakota win the third Penrose Cup in a row as the conference champion in the regular season and earned his 34th NCAA tournament.

“We are extremely proud of Zach and his success in being named the winner of the Senior Class Award 2021-22,” said Brad Berry, head coach of Fighting Hawks. “Zach did a huge and very positive job on the ice last year and beyond. He really contributed to the hockey tradition and culture of North Dakota. ”

“I would like to thank Coach Berry, Coach Jackson and Coach Goehring for giving me the opportunity to succeed and grow as a player as well as a human,” Driscoll said. “I thank my teammates in North Dakota who came to work with me every day and became lifelong friends. I finally know that without the love and support of my family, I would not be where I am today. Again, I am very honored and honored to have received this award. ”

Driscoll remained fully committed to his strict schedule in the classroom. In addition, he used his year to complete an MBA, emphasizing supply chain operations and management. Driscoll is a five-time academic all-conference selection, a five-time AHCA DI Krampade All-American Scholar and has been recognized as a student-athlete by 2020-21 WCHA – all of which incredibly deserves an award for a full-fledged athlete-athlete.

Driscoll has positively influenced each of his schools, which is an impressive performance but not surprising to a person of his character. He was a member of the Advisory Committee for Students and Athletes. In his spare time, Driscoll is an active volunteer and coach at the Grand Cities Pickleball Club. He also read local elementary schools, participated in several trips to the Special Olympics, and spread suicide awareness through the TEARS (We Learn Together About the Reality of Suicides) walk.

“Zach Driscoll represented each of his schools in an incredible class as a complete student-athlete,” said Erik Miner, executive director of the Senior CLASS Award. “Every program has worked so well in many different areas – especially in North Dakota during its last season. We are honored to congratulate Zach and North Dakota on receiving this prestigious award. ”

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