Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Luke Juha is one of nine Canadian Junior Hockey League alumni who were selected out of the twenty candidates for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate hockey.
Juha is in his fourth year at Penn State University, is also up for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Juha played one season in Vernon (2011-12) played in just ten games picking up two assists, due to two long term injuries that season. The Vipers acquired Juha from the OJHL Burlington Cougars on June 27th 2011 for future considerations.
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Nine CJHL Alumni named as candidates for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award
Feb 02, 2016
CALGARY, Alberta (February 2, 2016) – Nine Canadian Junior Hockey League alumni were selected out of the twenty candidates for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate hockey. Five of the alumni played at least some of their junior career in the BCHL, while three played in OJHL, three played in the CCHL and one played in AJHL.
Candidates are student-athletes that excel both on and off the ice and must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
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 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Hockey 2015-16 Candidates (CJHL Alumni in Bold)
Name School CJHL League
Kyle Criscuolo Harvard
Ralph Cuddemi Canisius College OJHL
Simon Denis Ferris State University BCHL
Theo Di Pauli von Treuheim Union College
Steven Fogarty University of Notre Dame BCHL
Andrew Gladiuk Bentley University BCHL
David Glen Penn State AJHL
Christian Hilbrich Cornell
Jake Hildebrand Michigan State
Soren Jonzzon Quinnipiac
Luke Juha Penn State OJHL/BCHL
Alexander Kuqali RIT
Zac Lynch Robert Morris University
Rob O’Gara Yale University
Jamie Phillips Michigan Tech OJHL/CCHL/BCHL
Ethan Prow St. Cloud State University
Tyson Spink Colgate CCHL
Jimmy Vesey Harvard
Travis Walsh Michigan State
Tyson Wilson Robert Morris University CCHL
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2016 NCAA Men’s Frozen Final Four® in April.