ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine men's ice hockey senior captain Mark Nemec (Rouses Point, N.Y.) was named one of the 20 official candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. A national selection committee will narrow the group to 10 finalists, which will be announced in February.
The award honors seniors who are committed to staying in school and portraying the values of community, classroom, character and competition. Nemec possesses all of these attributes.
In the classroom, Nemec received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in May of 2012. He is now pursuing a double major in management. A Dean's List student, Nemec has been named a three-time Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and named to the Hockey East Academic All-Star Team.
A recruited walk-on, Nemec was selected captain of the Black Bears prior to his senior season. He sat out his freshman season as a redshirt. Last season, he was named the co-recipient of the team's Unsung Hero Award, at the end of the year team banquet.
Nemec is active along with his teammates in various community service activities. Last season, he spent time at Eastern Maine Medical Center visiting children with serious medical conditions. He was the team's top-finisher one year in the Race for the Cure to benefit cancer research. He has also participated in benefit softball games for Special Olympics and various other charities.
On the ice, Nemec is one of Maine's top defensemen. He has played in 110 career games, second most of the Maine team. He is one of Maine's top penalty killers and shot blockers.
Nemec was one of just two student-athletes from Hockey East named in the initial pool of candidates. He joins New Hampshire's Connor Hardowa.
The Senior Class Award will be announced at the 2013 Frozen Four, which will be held April 11 and 13 in Pittsburgh, Pa.]