U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. Air Force senior Kyle Haak has been named a finalist for the 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award. Haak is one of 10 college hockey players selected as a finalist for the national award. Haak is the 11th Falcon to be named a finalist in the last 13 years.
The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of candidates announced in the fall. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through April 8. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award recipients will be announced during the 2019 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four®.
Haak, a forward from Okemos, Mich., carries a 3.94 grade point average with a major in physics and a minor in nuclear weapons and strategy. He is ranked second out of 1,106 cadets in the class of 2019, a ranking that includes academics, athletics and military performance. He has been on the superintendent’s list all six semesters for excellence in academics, military and physical fitness. This past summer, he completed an internship with Fluence Corporation in Caesarea, Israel, attended the International Desalination Association “Water Re-Use” Conference in Valencia, Spain, studied alternative energy in Reykjavik, Iceland and studied nuclear energy at Oak Ridge National Labs in Tennessee. The squadron commander of Cadet Squadron 31, he has earned a 4.0 GPA in three semesters. Haak is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning the honor in 2017 and 2018 and is a three-time academic all-conference selection.
In September, 2018, Haak was selected as the Cadet of the Year, the most outstanding cadet amongst all commissioning resources in the entire Air Force (16,000 people) over the 2017-2018 academic year. He has been active in the community, volunteering with the Marion House Soup Kitchen to help feed the homeless, “Break Time” to assist families with special needs children, Serenity Springs Colorado, and Fire Detector Installations with the Red Cross.
On the ice, he has played in 133 career games (as of Feb. 8). His 41 career goals and 82 career points are the most among the active Falcons. This season, he is tied for the team lead with 11 goals and six power-play goals. He helped lead Air Force to the Atlantic Hockey Conference tournament championship and the NCAA Elite Eight in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, he was named to the AHC all-tournament team with four points (3-1-4) in the two games. In 2017, he was named to the NCAA East Regional all-tournament team, as he scored two goals in the win over No. 8 Western Michigan, including a short-handed breakaway that made SportsCenter Top 10. At the 2018 NCAA West Regional, he scored an empty-netter to seal the win against No 1 St. Cloud State in the 4-1.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2019 NCAA Men’s Frozen Final Four® in April.