BABSON PARK, Mass.óBabson College senior goaltender Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) was named one of five finalists for the prestigious BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award for the second consecutive year on Thursday afternoon. The finalists were selected from a list of 18 nominees, which were announced in January.
The Hockey Humanitarian Award recognizes college hockey's finest citizen and will be presented for the 21ststraight year to a Division I, II or III student-athlete who has made significant contributions to his or her team, as well as the community through leadership and volunteerism. One of just four Division III nominees, Murray is the only repeat and non-Division I finalist. Last year, he was the first Division III finalist since 2012 and the first from Babson since Derek Nisula '04 in 2004.
Joining Murray among the five finalists are seniors Kyle Criscuolo (Southampton, N.J.) of Harvard University, Chris Dylewski (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the Air Force Academy, Morgan Richardson (Ottawa, Ontario) of Cornell University and Allison Rolandelli (Minnetonka, Minn.) of Brown University. The recipient of this year's award will be selected on Friday, April 8, as part of the Division I Men's Frozen Four in Tampa.
"We are incredibly proud of Jamie for all of his accomplishments off of the ice, and none more so than his selection as a two-time finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award," stated head coach Jamie Rice. "Jamie embodies everything we strive for; academic excellence, passion for his teammates and his sport, and being an outstanding citizen. Jamie and his entire family will leave here having made a tremendous impact on our entire program. While his on-ice career has been truly outstanding, it is his character, eagerness to help others, and how he has represented our program that have elevated him as one of the finest young men to have ever played here. Congratulations to Jamie the other four finalists on their selection."
One of the top goaltenders in the nation, Murray is a two-time American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America East first-team selection and became the Beavers' first Joe Concannon Award winner last season. He is 11-4-2 with a 1.69 goals against average and a .939 save percentage this year and has gone 59-19-8 with a 1.70 GAA, a .939 save percentage and 15 shutouts in 86 career starts for Babson. Additionally, Murray earned conference goaltender of the year honors each of the last two seasons, was selected as the league player of the year in 2014, and is a two-time academic all-conference selection.
Despite all of his accolades on the ice and in the classroom, Murray's tireless work in the community is equally impressive. In 2010, he organized the Cure for Cole Wiffleball Tournament to benefit his neighbor, Cole Pasqualucci, who was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis at a young age. The tournament has attracted over 1,110 competitors and raised more than $31,000 over the last six years in support of Cole and his family.
Following the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013, Murray organized Roller Hockey To Remember at his hometown hockey rink, which has raised close to $3,000 over the last three years. This event has benefitted the One Fund, the Derek Hines Solider Assistance Fund, designed to honor the late brother of former teammate Trevor Hines '13, and charities organized by the family of Corey Griffin '10, who tragically passed away in 2014.
Additionally, Murray is involved with the Special Olympics through Rob Reilly and Northeast Elite Hockey, and was instrumental in running a memorial hockey tournament for his late friend, Patrick Falaro, that raised $8,200 for Scituate Recreation and the Pine Street Inn.
"Being named as a finalist for an award like this speaks volumes about the person that Jamie is," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Josh MacArthur. "His on-ice accolades are well documented, but his genuine concern for others is what sets Jamie apart. As a student-athlete and through his work in the community, Jamie is always committed to giving maximum effort for those important to him."